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July 11, 2013

'All Shook Up' opens Friday in Bristol

BRISTOL — In no mood for The Bard? No problem.

The Elkhart Civic Theatre musical “All Shook Up” opens Friday at Bristol Opera House. And while the show is very loosely based on the storyline to “Twelfth Night,” director John Shoup said, “This is definitely not Shakespeare.”

“All Shook Up” includes comedy, love relationships and mistaken identity. There’s also singing and dancing.

“And there’s no people dressed in Elizabethan costumes at all,” Shoup said. “It all takes place in 1955. There’s no dialogue that’s Shakespeare, nothing like that. It’s all modern.”

The music in “All Shook Up” consists of nearly 24 Elvis Presley tunes, with “Jailhouse Rock” as the opening number. Shoup said the show includes songs from the start of Presley’s career through his late ’60s comeback period.

“You’ll hear a little bit of everything,” the director said. “...There’s music from his entire repertoire.”

The role of Chad (an Elvis-y character) is played by Tell Williams, with his sidekicks portrayed by Carly Swendsen and Matt Manley. Wanzetta Arnett and Rick Nymeyer portray parents of star-crossed lovers, while Dayna Arnett and Andy Braden are cast in the role of young people in love. Ashlea Romano is the museum curator, with Joy Freude and Tony Venable respectively in the roles of town mayor and the sheriff.

The cast also includes Jake Delong, Josh Garcia, Jared Yoder, Brittny Goon, Kristen Abbey, Julie Kovalenko, Erika Byler, Kaitrin Higbee, Sarah Brugger, Karen McKenna, Kellie MacGowan, Bonnie MacGowan, Carlee Miller, Paige Miller, Shelly Ouelette, Jenny Lugones, Jamie Beck, Josh Grossenbacher, Mason Braden, Katy Ouelette, Kiya Bonds, Audri Chagoya and Robert Clark.

Assisting Shoup is Leann Reas-Sullivan. Mark Swendsen is the music director, Sandy Hill is the vocal director and Dawn Manger is choreographer for the show.

Speaking Tuesday afternoon, Shoup said “Shook Up” is ready for the stage.

“I think it was maybe ready last night,” he said. “It’s going to be a really high-energy show. ...It’s just amazing power coming from the stage. I think the audience is going to love it.”

If you want to go

“All Shook Up” opens Friday at The Bristol Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Upcoming performances are set for Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m., July 20 at 3 and 8 p.m., and July 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens age 62 and older. Call 575-848-4116 Monday through Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. for reservations, or reserve online at www.elkhartcivictheatre.org.

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