Grand Lake theater-goers: Prepare to be ‘All Shook Up’
July 2, 2009
For those who attended recent performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, prepare to have your theatre-loving minds blown.
The same cast that sang a Gilbert and Sullivan opera in “The Pirates of Penzance” return to the stage to sing Elvis era rock ‘n’ roll in “All Shook Up.”
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will be the second theatre company in the state to put on “All Shook Up”. The musical is set in the ’50s in an unnamed Midwestern town.
“The place is drab and dreary until a roustabout comes in and turns the town on its ear,” said RMRT managing director Chad Scott.
“All Shook Up” was first staged on Broadway in 2005 and is a jukebox musical – building a plot around a playlist of Elvis songs.
“There are a lot of bad jukebox musicals, but this is one of the good ones,” Scott said. “It’s well written.”
The story is based on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “Twelfth Night.”
Dylan Paul plays the lead, Chad, opposite Chelsea Barker, who plays Natalie.
“(Chelsea) is outstanding,” said artistic director Michael Querio. “Like the Shakespeare play, she is disguised as a man. Everyone is not who they seem and everyone is falling in love with the wrong person.
“It’s thrilling to watch and Dylan and Chelsea together are great.”
Regular RMRT audience members may remember Dylan Paul from his part as Gastone in “Beauty and the Beast” in 2005.
“He took a hiatus and hasn’t been back since then,” Querio said. “He’s really right for this part.”
Several things make this production stand out – not the least of which are the set and the choreography.
Choreographed by Jennifer Kemp, the dancing is “fast, contemporary and hip,” Querio said.
The set, designed by UC Denver Theatre Design professor Kent Homchick. He uses rear projections on a screen to change settings and locations.
“All Shook Up” is the third and final summer show RMRT will open this year. From now until Aug. 22, the company will alternate its three shows – “Brigadoon,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “All Shook Up.”
Opening night of “All Shook Up” is already sold out.
“You have 17 more chances to see it,” Scott said. “Which sounds like a lot, but we will probably sell every ticket to every show.”
“All Shook Up” is sponsored by 11 Grand Lake businesses, instead of the usual individual patrons. Sponsorship pays for the rights to perform the show.
“This (business sponsorship) is really important to us,” Scott said. “It means the businesses in Grand Lake support us. They believe in us.”
To reserve tickets for any show, call (970) 627-3421 or stop by the box office in Grand Lake’s Town Square. Tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for children. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
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