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GK drama gets ‘All Shook Up’ March 15 to 17

The Genoa-Kingston High School drama department will present its spring musical, “All Shook Up,” this weekend in the G-K Auditorium, 980 Park Ave. in Genoa.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students.

“The kids are having a blast working on this show,” Director Jon Fromi said in a news release. “It’s high-energy from beginning to end. The story is engaging, and it’s jam-packed with all these great Elvis tunes from the ’50s and ’60s. What’s not to like?”

“All Shook Up” is a musical comedy inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a dreary little town rides a young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy.

Audiences will be jumping out of their blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” among the many hit songs by the King of Rock ’n’ Roll included in the score.

The book, written by Joe Depietro, borrows themes from the comedies of William Shakespeare, including “Twelfth Night,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The show begins with Chad (Torian Staton), a hip, guitar-playing roustabout who is being released from prison (“Jailhouse Rock”). In a nearby town, Natalie (Kasey Pennington), a young mechanic, is dreaming of love and adventure while she yearns for one true love to take her away. She doesn’t realize that her best friend Dennis (Austin Rausch) has a secret crush on her.

Sitting in Sylvia (Lily Johnson)’s Honky Tonk, the whole town sings the blues (“Heartbreak Hotel”). Natalie’s widowed father Jim (Nate Reynolds) enters and joins in, until they’re interrupted by the roar of a motorcycle. Chad is in need of a mechanic and he’s introduced to Natalie, who is instantly smitten and promises to fix his broken-down bike.

Chad inquires about excitement in the town, and soon discovers the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act enacted by Mayor Hyde (Gina Scaccianoce), outlawing “Loud music, public necking, and tight pants.” Chad then seeks to incite some rebelliousness in the citizens (“C’mon Everybody”). While Natalie fixes Chad’s motorbike, Chad seeks to inspire her to take to the open road (“Follow That Dream”).

Soon, the glamorous Miss Sandra (Emelie Walton) appears. Chad is instantly in love with the museum owner and tries to smooth-talk her, but she resists (“Teddy Bear/Hound Dog”).

Later that day, Jim also falls for her, even after having just agreed upon the benefits of being alone in life with Sylvia. Dean (Jacob Heading), the son of Mayor Matilda, enters to tell Sylvia’s daughter Lorraine (Naomi Dutton) that he thinks she’s beautiful. Lorraine is thrilled. Chad convinces them that they would be a “sweet little couple” (“That’s All Right, Mama”).

The plot twists and turns on its way to a surprising but satisfying conclusion and also features other Elvis hits such as “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Burning Love.”

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