Catch ‘Refried Elvis’ at Cuesta before students take show to Hawaii

Students rehearse Cuesta College’s production of “Refried Elvis” in November.
Students rehearse Cuesta College’s production of “Refried Elvis” in November. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

An original production from Cuesta College’s Drama Department will be featured in February at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s regional festival in Oahu, Hawaii.

The cast and crew of “Refried Elvis,” which reimagines the origins of rock and roll during Elvis Presley’s rise to fame, will perform on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chaminade University of Honolulu, according to Cuesta College and the Kennedy Center festival’s website.

In addition, the play will return this week to the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts main stage, with performances Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Money raised from ticket sales will go toward Hawaii travel costs for 25 students and two staff members.

“Four productions were chosen from our region to perform at the festival, and ‘Refried Elvis’ is the only original play that was selected, so I am incredibly proud of my students and this production,” said play director and Cuesta College faculty member bree valle, who does not capitalize her name.

For more information, call valle at 546-3282. To financially support the cast and crew, go to www.bit.ly/donatetocuesta and specify the Theater Travel Fund.

Read The Tribune’s feature on the play here.