Get all shook up

Theatre at Si­mon Kramer presents Elvis- in­spired mu­si­cal

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003

The Ac­torsGuild of Schuylkill County will get au­di­ences all shook up thisweek­end. The lo­cal the­ater group will present “All Shook Up,” a mu­si­cal com­edy fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of Elvis Pres­ley, at 7 p. m. to­day and Satur­day and 2 p. m. Sun­day at the Theatre at Si­mon Kramer, 15 Al­liance St., New Philadel­phia. Tick­ets are $ 15 and will be avail­able at the door or through the guild’s web­site at

“All Shook Up” is about life in small- town USA in the 1950s. The lit­tle town gets an un­ex­pected visi­tor in a young rock ’ n’ roller who looks to in­cite ex­cite­ment into the res­i­dents.

The mu­si­cal is a fun, fam­i­lyfriendly show, ac­cord­ing to its di­rec­tor, Maria Malek.

“We wanted to do some­thing that would ap­peal to a lot of dif­fer­ent ages,” Malek said.

Not only will the show ap­peal to fans of mu­si­cals, but it should bring in fans of The King. Malek said the songs are by Elvis and al­though some are dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments, they are all rec­og­niz­able. She specif­i­cally pointed out “Can’t Help Fall­ing in Love,” the clos­ing num­ber of Act One, as one that will “knock the socks off peo­ple.”

“When I heard the ren­di­tion of ‘ Can’t Help Fall­ing In Love,’ I knew that some­day I wanted to do the show,” Malek said.

The cast is made up of 16 per­form­ers. Au­di­tions were held in April and re­hearsals were held for about two months.

The cast in­cludes Sean Ben­nett as Chad, Tori Cor­rell as Natalie, Jake Gille­spie as Den­nis, Tay­lor O’Brien as Sylvia, Al Mis­can­non as Jim, Emma Kleck­ner as Lor­raine, An­dre Del­pais as Dean, Sarah David­son- Jones as San­dra, Jes­sica Miller as Matilda and Tom Pat Noon as Sher­iff Earl.

Malek, who also di­rects shows for Pottsville Area High School, said the com­mu­nity the­ater gets peo­ple fro­mall the neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in the shows.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to meet new­peo­ple and share tal­ents,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the ac­tors guild’s web­site or Face­book page.

‘ We wanted to do some­thing that would ap­peal to a lot of dif­fer­ent ages.’ Maria Malek, show di­rec­tor


Mem­bers of the Ac­tors Guild of Schuylkill County, from left, Han­nah Gille­spie, Sean Ben­nett, Abi­gail Smith and Al Mis­can­non re­hearse a dance num­ber in prepa­ra­tion for the show, “All Shook Up.” The show will be held 7 p. m. to­day and Satur­day and 2 p. m. Sun­day at the Theatre at Si­mon Kramer, New Philadel­phia.


Tori Cor­rell por­trays Natalie, left, and Sean Ben­nett Chad dur­ing the show.

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