The biggest Elvis fan club in the world happens to be in the UK so it just makes sense that the best Elvis tribute show would also be in the UK and as luck would have it, one of the key owners of Tribute Show Productions, which hosts this powerful award winning Elvis tribute show, has a cottage on Baptiste Lake, he loves hockey and he’s passionate about Hospice and its role in the community. From every connection, come amazing opportunities, so for the team at the North Hastings Community Centre and at Hospice North Hastings, a connection and some conversations with Alastair Ralston-Saul is turning into an opportunity to host the biggest concert Bancroft has ever dreamed of when “A Vision of Elvis” travels to Bancroft for one show on July 29.
Ralston-Saul’s family has been a part of our community for generations. The former owner of Ranger’s Lodge on Baptiste Lake is passionate about the untapped potential of this region and as his entertainment business started to boom in the UK, he recognized an opportunity to test the local market while helping a couple of community organizations. And if all goes well with the show on July 29, the arena will have its new roof paid for and Hospice North Hastings will be able to tap into some much-needed operating funds.
“This is a big world class show,” said Ralston-Saul in a phone interview from the U.K. “There is so much quality and they are maniacs for Elvis here. I see women just going ecstatic with excitement and last week actually saw them throwing their knickers at him on the stage!”
Ralston-Saul believes that this musical show will be just what Bancroft needs to showcase its potential as an entertainment hub and starting with Elvis is a sure bet. His company has a long list of diverse and theatrically thrilling tribute shows but “A Vision of Elvis” holds a special place in the former Army Officer’s heart because the military is where the show actually started.
You can hear the smile in Ralston-Saul’s voice as he tells the story of meeting Rob Kingsley, who plays Elvis. Kingsley was a Corporal in a Scottish Regiment and he would always sing to the troops. While serving in Cyprus he got on stage one night, it was a big hit and he never looked back.
Celebrating the music of Elvis Presley’s career from Sun Studio’s, the movie years through to his ’68 comeback with the finale being the concert years, this show engages audiences with an uplifting and authentic Elvis experience. Starring the multi award winning Rob Kingsley, the show is the total package – the look, the sound, the charisma and together with his spectacular live band who even play authentic instruments, Kingsley leaves the audience convinced they are witnessing a truly authentic live Elvis show. Kingsley’s costumes are even made by Gene Doucette who was the person that created Elvis’s world famous jumpsuits.
Every aspect of the “A Vision of Elvis” show will create the ultimate experience for any Elvis fan with great live music, all the way from the UK, for one night only. For the 1,200 fans who get tickets to the July 29 show at the NHCC, it will be a night to remember.
Ralston-Saul says this year is all about testing the market and if we can pull it off this will be an annual Bancroft event that will grow.
“This can be bigger than Havelock,” Ralston-Saul says. “We have the shows and the connections and we believe this is possible with plans already being hatched to bring his Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury shows next year.
The not-for-profits named as recipients of the show proceeds are also hopeful for a smash hit. This is a big step for Bancroft but everyone is up for the risk, the music and the special magic that Elvis was known for, so plan on attending and be part of history.
“A Vision of Elvis” plays the NHCC on July 29 at 7:30pm. This is a licensed event and proceeds will be shared by Hospice North Hastings and the NHCC. Tickets range from $20 to $45 and are on sale now at Harvest Moon, Posies, Hospice House, The Playhouse Box Office and online at www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca.