Rome mu­si­cal opens tonight

‘All Shook Up’ of­fers laughs, love sto­ries and plenty of Elvis mu­sic

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Kristina Wilder Staff Writer

Elvis fans may want to check out Rome High’s mu­si­cal this week­end.

“All Shook Up” is the tale of a Mid­west town in the 1950s that is a lit­tle dreary and sud­denly be­comes more ex­cit­ing when Chad, a roustabout re­cently re­leased from jail, rock ‘n’ rolls his way into the hearts of the towns­peo­ple. There’s a law against mu­sic and danc­ing and pub­lic neck­ing and tight pants. Chad sets a se­ries of events into mo­tion, in­clud­ing sev­eral in­ter­est­ing — oc­ca­sion­ally con­fus­ing — love sto­ries.

The mu­si­cal fea­tures sev­eral of Elvis’ most pop­u­lar songs, such as “Jail­house Rock,” “Teddy Bear,” “Hound Dog” and “Love Me Ten­der.”

“I think of the show as a blend of Shake­speare’s ‘Twelfth Night,’ ‘Hair­spray’ and ‘Foot­loose,’” ex­plained as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Kelly Hill. “A girl dresses as a boy, the towns­peo­ple can’t dance, there’s a tyran­ni­cal mayor and an in­ter­ra­cial re­la­tion­ship.”

The show has some­thing for every­one and will be fun to watch, ac­cord­ing to drama teacher

and di­rec­tor An­gel­ica Delzer.

“It’s a fun, funny ro­man­tic com­edy,” she said. “It’s very silly.”

The show opens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rome High School au­di­to­rium. The run con­tin­ues Sat­ur­day at 7 p.m. and Sun­day at 2:30 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door and cost $7 for adults and $5 for stu­dents and se­niors.

The show has been a chal­lenge for per­form­ers be­cause it is very dance heavy, Delzer said.

“The mu­sic is dif­fi­cult and there is a lot of danc­ing,” she said. “But the kids have been do­ing a great job with it. We got a lot of great cos­tumes from var­i­ous places like Good­will and Ama­zon and it’s been fun for them to search out the right pieces.”

The Elvis mu­sic was fun for every­one as well, she added.

“You could tell right away which songs they knew be­fore,” she said. “The school has a re­ally strong cho­ral pro­gram and they’ve been awe­some.”

Six stu­dents were re­spon­si­ble for chore­ograph­ing the show, in­clud­ing se­nior Abi­gail Childers.

“This has been a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” she said. “I’ve been danc­ing most of my life and try­ing to com­bine the pop mu­sic with the mu­si­cal style has been chal­leng­ing, but fun.”

“Jail­house Rock” is her fa­vorite piece that she chore­ographed, she said.

“I worked on sev­eral, but that one I’m re­ally proud of,” she said.

While the stu­dents were com­ing up to her and say­ing they couldn’t dance at first, she said the re­sponse through­out re­hearsals has been pos­i­tive.

“They gave it a try and started en­joy­ing it, and now they smile and laugh and have fun,” Childers

said. “It feels great as a chore­og­ra­pher, but also as a mem­ber of the cast,

it feels like we are all just one big fam­ily.”

Hud­son Ivery, who

plays Chad, the roustabout, was one who wasn’t sure about the danc­ing at first, he ad­mits.

“I’ve learned a lot about danc­ing,” he said, laugh­ing. “I’m not bet­ter. I’m not a good dancer, but I can do the moves. Still can’t dance, though.”

He said he hopes that peo­ple will come en­joy the show and promised that it would en­ter­tain.

“It is by far the fun­ni­est script I’ve ever read,” he said. “I read through it sev­eral times when I first got it just be­cause it was so funny. It’s got this great, hec­tic, con­fus­ing love story, so you have to come out to see it.”

Photos by Kristina Wilder, Rome News-Tribune

ABOVE: Ivy Le (from right to left), Ka­mara Parks, Lillian Hub­bard, Lau­ren Heiser (re­flected in mir­ror) and Sky­lar Cham­ness put on their makeup for a re­hearsal. LEFT: Hud­son Ivery por­trays Chad in the mu­si­cal, a “hip-swivel­ing, gui­tar-play­ing roustabout” who comes to town and makes things start to change. BE­LOW: Chris­tian Si­mon lifts Kris­ten Davis dur­ing one of the mu­si­cal’s dance num­bers.

Kristina Wilder / Rome News-Tribune

The cast of “All Shook Up” poses at the end of a dance num­ber dur­ing a re­hearsal. The show will open tonight at 7 p.m.

Kristina Wilder / Rome News-Tribune

Abi­gail Childers (left) as San­dra and Ian Van Riper as Dennis are one of the couples in the funny and com­pli­cated love sto­ries that make up part of the plot of “All Shook Up.”

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