A Rutherglen girl is preparing to put on her blue suede shoes as she stars in a 50s musical.
Former Stonelaw High pupil Laura Shepherd will be playing Miss Sandra in Airdrie and Coatbridge Amateur Operatic Society’s musical ‘All Shook Up.’
Set in 1950’s America, the show tells the story of the guitar-playing, hipswivelling lothario Chad who rides his motorbike into town and is determined to shake the residents of this small – fun deprived - town into life.
It is a Rock’n’Roll musical comedy set around the music of The King himself – Mr Elvis Presley.
Laura said: “Miss Sandra runs the local museum, she’s very straight laced and a hopeless romantic and she catches the eye of the ‘new guy in town’ Chad (the Elvis character) who is determined to win her heart, but she sees him for what he is – a ‘hound dog’ and isn’t interested in his advances.
“She does however fall for Ed - Chad’s sidekick – who ends up being not exactly who ‘ he’ says ‘ he’ and is – infact – a woman! This makes for extremely funny scenes where Sandra is chasing a very nervous Ed round the stage trying to seduce him! It’s been funny rehearsing those scenes trying not to giggle.”
In the year which would have seen Elvis celebrating his 80th Birthday, the group will play in the Sir John Wilson Town Hall in Airdrie from Wednesday, September 9 to Saturday, September 12.
The 29-year-old said the group have been working hard to learn 27 Elvis songs and although rehearsals have been a tough process, they’ve also been a lot of fun.
She added: “Rehearsals have been great, the club do their main shows in March each year so only really started full rehearsals for ‘All Shook Up’ at the end of April.
“We’ve been rehearsing three times a week so it’s been a huge challenge but as the show has come together it has been completely worth every second of it.
“The Production Team have been fantastic and we just can’t wait to get this show in front of an audience.”
Laura encouraged residents to go along and experience what will be a memorable and fun evening.
She added: “I’ve been with the club just over two years now and this is my fourth show with them in that time. They are a ridiculously talented bunch with an amazing production team who put on shows which have been noted as being as good as anything you would see in the West End!”
Tickets are £16/£12 (concessions on Wednesday night) and can be ordered online at www.acaos.co.uk. Alternatively call the booking hotline on 07517376501.