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Placerita students ask, 'Who killed Elvis?'

Posted: May 11, 2009 10:31 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
"Who Killed Elvis?" That's the question that everyone will be asking during the hilarious mystery-comedy performed by the Placerita Junior High School Drama Department.

Ruth Verelli is facing the loss of the family business, Drop On Inn, unless she can come up with thousands of dollars to pay the bank.

Her daughter Robin has the idea of redecorating the diner around "the only king America ever had," who was of course Elvis Presley.

We learn that Elvis spent a memorable afternoon dining at Drop On Inn, where he had the "best burger he ever tasted," which was the inn's all-American with fries cooked by the grandmother Gert when she was a teenager in 1955.

Robin and her sisters, Meadow and Peep, learn about the old days of Drop On Inn through their fly-swatting and hilarious grandmother, Gert.

Most people think that Gert is crazy for going on and on about how she served Elvis, but the three sisters know that the Drop On Inn has something no one else has, the fact that "Elvis Ate Here."

People are swarming into the Verellis' little inn when word gets out that Elvis ate there.

While all goes well during their Elvis impersonation contest, the lights shut off and turn back on in time to reveal a dead Elvis impersonator lying on the floor.

Soon afterwards, the stage is filled with pushy cops, squealing Elvis fans and a fortune teller who had predicted the death of an Elvis earlier that day.

The little inn is soon full of an overwhelming number of characters all wondering the same thing: Who killed Elvis?

The drama students come together Monday through Thursday from 2:35 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to rehearse the play under the direction of Vicki Kennedy.

If Kennedy isn't helping the kids develop their characters, then she is busy putting together sets and costumes, with some student help.

The students all have a blast at the rehearsals because of their love for acting and being there with all of their friends.

The cast is a funny and entertaining group of kids who are dedicated to each other and their production.

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, all of their hard work and personality will be displayed at Placerita Jr. High in Tanner Hall.

Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m., there will be a dinner performance with music performed by the Placerita String Orchestra for $12 per person.

The Wednesday, May 20 performance is $7 per person, but without the food and music.

To purchase tickets to see this entertaining show, go to the Attendance Office at Placerita Junior High School.

All of the students say that it's one of the best junior-high experiences they have had and now they want to share it to anyone who wants to know "Who killed Elvis?"

Alina Seredian is an eight-grade student at Placerita Junior High School.


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