April 29, 2011 5:00 PM
Following the success of the hit production of Godspell, Pikeville College is taking the stage again with All Shook Up on May 6-8 in Booth Auditorium. The performance is under the direction of Janean Freeman, assistant professor of music, and Merry George, associate professor of communication.
All Shook Up, a jukebox musical featuring the music of Elvis Presley, premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in March 2005. The story, based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, is set during a 24-hour period in the summer of 1955 in a small town in the Midwest.
“The audience will enjoy the show for the music alone. There’s no denying that Elvis recorded great songs. When you combine his music with a storyline filled with spirit and lots of laughs, you know the audience is going to have a “rockin’” good time,” said Freeman.
This musical comedy is a collaborative effort that includes Pikeville College students and faculty as well as youth and adults from the community. Freeman and George have brought together a cast of nearly 50 talented people to make the production possible.
“The community can be proud to have a college that produces such talented students. They’ve worked really hard to bring this musical to the community,” said George. “The audience is in for a real treat.”
Pikeville College students in a technical production class taught by Basil Clark, associate professor of speech and theater, constructed the sets and are running the lighting and sound for the show. Pike County Central High School’s Matt Moon is directing the pit orchestra.
All Shook Up appeals to audience members of all ages. Performances are Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. in Booth Auditorium, level five of the Record Memorial Building. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students ages six and up, and Pikeville College faculty and staff. Pikeville College students are admitted for $2 with college ID. Group rates are $5 for groups of 10 or more with payment in advance. For more information, contact Freeman at (606) 218-5770.