Elvis hasn’t left the building
50s America ready to roll
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.’’
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.