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EHS Announces Cast For Fall Musical

By Staff | Oct 7, 2010

The Emmetsburg High School Music Department will present “All Shook Up,” a high-octane musical comedy featuring the songs of Elvis Presley as their fall musical for 2010. The musical’s plot is loosely based on Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.”

Casting was done last spring, and the cast has been rehearsing for the past five weeks in preparation for the opening on Oct. 29 and 30, and Nov. 5 and 6.

Cast members are: Tyler Henderson as Earl, Jake Carlson as Chad, Darcy Besch as Natalie, Chelsey Rouse as Miss Sandra, Paige Naig as Sylvia, Hannah Drost as Lorraine, Meghan Berkland as Matilda, Arik Kerr as Jim, Arthur Heldt as Dennis, and Austin Oppenheimer as Dean.

Chorus members include: Nikki Schany, Molli Schmeling, Katie Kassel, Natalie Gordon, Justine Kummer, Katherine Hesse, and Nicole Smith; Hannah Bird, Whitney Kibbie, Shelby Brindley, Hillary Pico, Kaity Degen, BriAna Campbell, and Jenna Wolfe; Mara Lee, Jordan Bragg, Ali Berven, Taylor Bruns, and Halie Cody.

Other chorus members are: Brian Hadley, Ryan Kliegl, Jake Hutchison, Brady Christensen, Austin Bonnstetter, Brady Berkland, Steven Heddinger, and Brandon Elbert; Austin McCartan, Chad Loomis, Andrew Garrelts, Derek Henkelvig, Adam Kerr, and Tyler Drost.

Directors are David Fog, drama and music; Kelley Fog, accompanist and music; Aaron Phillips, pit band; and Mary Drew, choreographer.

“I love big musicals,” said David Fog. “I look for great music, big dance numbers, and clever stories, and we have it all with ‘All Shook Up.’ The plot is absolutely hilarious. We are having so much fun bringing this show to life. I really feel that it will be the most entertaining musical we have ever presented at EHS!”

The 2004 jukebox musical features 26 Elvis Presley songs. “All Shook Up” is set in 1955 when Chad (Jake Carlson)–an Elvis-like hip-swiveling roustabout–stirs up trouble when he rides his motorcycle into a conservative Midwestern town where loud music and dancing are not allowed. Natalie (Darcy Besch), a local mechanic, falls hard for Chad, but he has eyes only for Sandra (Chelsey Rouse), a glamorous local museum hostess. Meanwhile, aspiring dentist Dennis (Arthur Heldt) pines for Natalie. Add hilarious romantic complications between military school candidate Dean (Austin Oppenheimer) and Lorraine (Hannah Drost), a young girl from the wrong side of the tracks, along with the town’s ultra conservative mayor, Matilda (Meghan Berkland), and her sidekick, the town sheriff, Earl (Tyler Henderson). Natalie’s father, Jim (Arik Kerr), carries on a love/hate relationship with Lorraine’s rough bar owner mother, Sylvia (Paige Naig).

The musical’s score includes “Love Me Tender,” “Devil in Disguise,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Burning Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “It’s Now or Never,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Follow That Dream,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” “Teddy Bear,” “Hound Dog,” and “That’s All Right,” among others.

“The cast has discovered many of these songs. It’s been a while since Elvis,” Fog said. “The musical numbers have been re-written to include a lot of great choral and solo singing. We are so grateful to Mary Drew and the fantastic job she is doing choreographing and blocking all the numbers. The visual part of the show will be outstanding.”

All ten lead characters have at least one solo, and many have more. The students have been taking class time to just learn all 26 songs. Fourteen of the songs feature chorus singing or are big dance numbers.

Fourteen cast members also had the opportunity to attend Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s production of “All Shook Up” in August. The cast was allowed to view the show from the director’s balcony.

“It was a great way to start our preparations for the show, and the cast came away so fired up,” Fog shared. “We are so appreciative of the management at Chanhassen for the accommodations and for the Vocal Boosters for sharing the cost of the tickets.”

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre provided costume information; and Omaha Community Playhouse is renting set pieces and costumes for the EHS show.