SPOTLIGHT: “Elvis Has Left The Building” at the Blue Moon Theatre

The Show

“Elvis Has Left The Building” is a comedy written by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger. In the play, it is the year 1970 and Elvis’ Manager — based off his real-life manager, Tom Parker — aka: “The Colonel” — has lost Elvis. In The King’s absence, the Colonel has to find an Elvis impersonator to fill his spot.

“There’s defintiely hijinks, and you laugh throughout the show,” said director Ed Breese.

The show features talents of local actors Larry Bunton, Todd Jones, Johnny Archer, Linda Wakely and Vianna Isbister. Stage Management is done by Tyler Mitchell, scenic painting is by Marci Tolley-Berkhime, and sound and poster design is by Todd Jones.

“Elvis has Left The Building,” made its premiere at Barter Theatre a few years ago, and Breese is delighted to be the first to bring it back to the area.

Of course, while picking the show, Breese considered local cast size, the theater itself and setting while choosing a play. To him, this Elvis show fit perfectly.

“As soon as we read the play we could picture it right on our stage,” said Breese.

The experience

The show will play select weekends until Sept. 22 and during those performances, the theater’s roots as a dinner theater shows. Along with purchasing tickets, audiences can also order appetizers from a select menu created by Mae Malee’s Spring Roll made fresh in their kitchen as well as the typical concessions like sodas and candy.

Also special for “Elvis Has Left The Building,” is the Elvis Apple Cobbler served with a slice of vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. While the cobbler can be ordered on the night of, a piece can only be guaranteed when ordered with tickets.

For those who love a good glass of wine or a beer with their theater, the Blue Moon will have its beer and wine license soon, but for now alcohol is on a “bring your own” basis.

How to see it

Visit the theater website at bluemoontheatrecompany.com to check the show schedule and to order tickets for shows. Updates are also posted to the Blue Moon Theatre Company Facebook page.

The next shows will be Sept. 14-15 at 8 p.m. with a special added daytime show on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. After this weekend, the last chance to catch the show will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.

“If you enjoy good theater and good comedy, it’s not to be missed,” said Breese.