Elvis hasn’t left the build­ing

50s Amer­ica ready to roll

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

Alexan­dra th­es­pi­ans are pol­ish­ing their per­for­mance for this year’s mu­si­cal com­edy, All Shook Up.

Free­lance di­rec­tor and tu­tor Bryan Aitken is work­ing with the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety on the show in­spired by and fea­tur­ing Elvis Pres­ley songs.

The play, set in a small mid­west town in the United States dur­ing the 1950s, is rid­dled with tongue-in-cheek hu­mour and sex­ual con­fu­sion.

It in­ter­weaves 26 Elvis hits into the sto­ry­line, and all ages sing and as­pire to love.

Barry Gib­bons, who plays Sher­iff Earl, said it was fast-paced and fun.

‘‘We are work­ing with a young cast which is ex­cit­ing. We are oldies in a mainly young cast which is an usual feel­ing.’’

Aitken, who helped es­tab­lish Christchurch’s Court The­atre, said he had di­rected two pre­vi­ous shows in the town and the tal­ent in Alexan­dra ‘‘was as good here as any­where’’.

‘‘It is just some­times there is less of it but that’s why I come as a tu­tor di­rec­tor. I do a lot of teach­ing on the floor.’’

Photo: JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

In ca­hoots: Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety ac­tors Barry Gib­bons play­ing Sher­iff Earl and Morag Bon­ney play­ing the mayor Matilda Hyde. What: Al­lShookUp, pre­sented by the Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety Where: Alexan­dra Memo­rial The­atre, Skird Street When: Satur­day, Septem­ber 27 to Fri­day Oc­to­ber 3 Tick­ets: Book at iticket.co.nz or box of­fice, Skird St, Alexan­dra from Septem­ber 15, noon till 2pm week­days.

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