The Elvis Extravaganza

The village of Crumlin was Rockin’ and Rollin’ after a magnificent night of quality entertainment at the CIC Elvis Extravaganza where no fewer than five Elvises were” in the building”. Retro albums of a bygone era adorned the walls of the hall. Psychedelic pop art and colour flooded the rooms and the American Diner style seated supper, accompanied by two Harley Davidson motorcycles, was a delight of culinary excellence providing an array of tantalising and tasty titbits for everyone.

The charitable event was planned and orchestrated to raise much needed funds for the College and also to support our chosen charity, Turning Point NI. The models were drawn from the Colleges own students, and wonderful women, and men, from the local community. The models were captivating in all the costumes depicting fashions from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s accompanied by the Rock and Roll music of The King who sadly passed away in 1977, 40 years ago this year.

Appearing with unparalled comedic genius and timing, which made for wet eyes everywhere with hearty laughter, was the superbly funny and fascinating Michelle Millar. Michelle appeared numerous times, including as a most memorable Elvis, she delighted and mesmerised the audience.

A special mention goes to our four other enthusiastic and talented Elvises (Elvi?): Anthony Lynn (Year 12 pupil), Gordon Armstrong (past pupil), Peter Law and Stephen Kennedy (members of our local community) and also our professional stage manager Marina McCarney who ensured that the whole evening ran smoothly.

We are very grateful to a number of companies who provided additional support for our evening including: Swift Transport Services, W & M Lorimer, Coca Cola , Bushes Bakery, Tesco and Colin Harbinson (past pupil) from The Meat Joint.

Crumlin Integrated College excelled themselves in every way as usual and the two comperes for the night Lynda McGarry and Bronagh Macauley gushed with gratitude about how the community valued, recognised and supported the school which is now a focal point in the centre of the village.

No mention of the success of the night would be complete without paying tribute to the four outstanding women without whom the show could not have happened at all. Joan Ward and Tracy McCann acted as joint wardrobe mistresses and worked tirelessly for weeks and indeed months to keep the whole show running smoothly. Music teacher, Mrs McEvoy, co-ordinated all the musical items and ensured that the singing was of a “royal standard” while Mrs McCabe and team made sure that everyone left with full stomachs. Well done those astonishing women. By the time Elvis had left the building, the event had been an amazing success and a great achievement for a small country school with a dedicated team of supporters.