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‘Elvis’ returns to St. Mary’s school and will appear in concert Saturday

Tickets still available for Shawn Klush concert at Mellow Theater

The Eddie Klush plaque presented during the visit of Shawn Klush to St. Mary’s Assumption School.

Fourth-grader Peyton McNulty does karaoke to ’Hound Dog.’

Fifth graders Courtney June, left, and Olivia Johnson perform ’Suspicious Minds.’

The St. Mary’s student body gets into the spirit of Elvis before the arrival of Shawn Klush.

Long-time Klush family friend and St. Mary’s basketball coach Mark Casper, center, reads a plaque in memory of SMA maintenance man Eddie Klush to present to his widow Betty Klush, left, and son Shawn.

On Monday Elvis returned to his roots for a visit. No it wasn’t the ghost of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley returning to Mississippi, it was Elvis tribute artist Shawn Klush in the flesh returning to visit his alma mater, St. Mary’s Assumption Grade School in Pittston, as a lead in to his benefit performance for the school on Saturday, April 16 at the Mellow Theater in Scranton.

Klush – the world’s only Elvis Presley Enterprises approved Elvis tribute artist – is connected to St. Mary’s not only as an alumnus, but also through his late father, Eddie, who was a beloved employee of SMA for 25 years as the maintenance director of the school and church.

On Monday in a pep rally-style event, Klush performed as Elvis and St. Mary’s Assumption students returned the favor performing Elvis karaoke; Assumption cheerleaders performed dance routines to Elvis songs; and Klush answered questions from the students.

The show on April 16 will benefit St. Mary’s Assumption and the Pittston Care and Concern Free Health Clinic.

Klush, who was born and raised in Pittston, is considered one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world. His big break came after he won the Worldwide Elvis Competition, and $5,000, in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award winning Las Vegas show, “Legends in Concert,” where in 2004 he starred as Elvis in their Branson, Missouri, production.

He also entertained in their Las Vegas and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January he stars in the “Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour,” an Elvis extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and closest friends, in major venues in multiple cities. He has also toured internationally.

For the April 16 show, Klush will be backed by “The Sweet Inspirations,” Elvis Presley’s original female back-up vocalists both on tour and on the studio.

The show is sponsored by the St. Mary’s Assumption School, Pittston, Recruitment/Retention Committee and corporate sponsors: Mariotti Building Products and the Mariotti Family, Lackawanna College, Attorneys Joseph D. and Kathleen M. Burke, Falzone Towing, Medico Industries, Joseph Terrana of Terrana Law, P.C., and Friends of Mike Vough with representatives of the Recruitment/Retention Committee.

Purchase tickets by calling 570.955.1455, in person at 501 Vine Street, Scranton Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or on-line at http://www.lackawanna.edu/mellow/schedule.html.

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