Rutherglen Reformer - - MUSIC MAKERS - Will Hen­shaw

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 Al­ter­na­tively call the book­ing hot­line on 07517376501.

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