Jeffrey Cole will star as Elvis, with the Steadfast Quartet, a Southern gospel group, backing him.
“He [Cole] packs the house every year,” said Kathryn Melton, director of Shepherd’s Rest. “It’s incredible.”
Peyton Waddell, a 14-year-old local sensation, also will sing. The young girl has performed in the annual concert in recent years and sings inspirational and pop music, according to Melton.
In addition, local entertainer Thunder Pindard will sing early 1960s “Rat Pack”-era songs made popular by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Cole, who has starred as “the King of Rock ’n’ Roll” all five years, said it takes him about two hours to look the part of the “king of rock ‘n’ roll.”
“He and his wife Paula are such good friends of the shelter,” Melton said. “They are so great, and we’re so grateful they’ve worked with us all these years and continue to do so.”
Members of the community are just as instrumental in supporting the 15-year-old shelter as Cole, however. Melton said the event raised about $11,000 for the shelter last year, and the amount has been increasing annually.
This year, the shelter’s goal is to raise enough money to support its advocacy program, which has suffered from a funding cut in recent years.
According to Melton, the program assists victims in obtaining restraining or anti-stalking orders through the court.
“It was started in 2002, and we relied upon volunteers until 2006 or 2007, until it became impossible to depend solely on volunteers,” she said.
Tickets are $20 for the concert. A free street fair on Main Street in Dallas will precede the show beginning at 3 p.m.
Information: (770) 443-5213 or visit www.dallastheater-civiccenter.com.