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July 30, 2013 > Theatre: Can't help falling in love with "All Shook Up"

Theatre: Can't help falling in love with "All Shook Up"

Submitted By Helen Chang, Photo by Cassie Broadwin

Elvis Presley's essence comes alive in StarStruck Theatre's production of "All Shook Up," a new musical comedy inspired by and featuring the songs of The King. This cast rocks the stage August 2-17 at the outdoor Smith Center Amphitheatre at Ohlone College in Fremont.

"I can't think of a better way to spend a summer night than seeing a show that is full of great Elvis music, high-energy dancing, and a hilarious script that will have you dancing, singing, and rolling in the aisles!" said Lori Stokes, StarStruck Theatre Artistic Director.

Based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," the show takes place in 1955, somewhere in Middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. The show is about mistaken identities, youthful rebellion, and love. The musical features such Presley classics as "Jailhouse Rock," "Heartbreak Hotel," "That's All Right," "It's Now or Never," "Love Me Tender," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and "All Shook Up."

StarStruck fans will recognize principal cast members from previous shows, including Jacob Woll as Chad (title role in "Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Warner in "Legally Blonde"); Karina Simpson as Natalie (a veteran of 10 StarStruck shows including Eponine in "Les Miserables," Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls"); Katherine Dela Cruz as Sylvia (a veteran of six StarStruck shows including Pilar in "Legally Blonde," Aljana in "A Little Princess"); and Paulo Gladney as Dennis (Pasko in "A Little Princess").

StarStruck Musical Director Nancy Godfrey will lead the live band of musicians. In addition, she guides the cast of 40 teens and youth in their vocal styling as the show's rehearsal pianist and music coach. Meanwhile, long-time StarStruck choreographer Jeanne Batacan-Harper promises some energetic and fast-paced dance numbers including the iconic "Jail House Rock."

Tickets ($19 - $25) are on sale now. Curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. ASL interpretation will be provided for the Friday, August 9 performance.

To purchase tickets call the StarStruck box office at (510) 659-1319 or order online: http://starstrucktheatre.org/buy-tickets/.

All Shook Up
Friday, Aug 2 - Saturday, Aug 17
8 p.m.
Ohlone College Outdoor Amphitheatre
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-1319
http://starstrucktheatre.org/buy-tickets/
Tickets: $19 - $25

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