PHOTO FLASH: TexARTS Announces Cast and Creative Team for All Shook Up

By: Aug. 05, 2016

?TexARTS' next production in its 2016-17 Professional Series will be a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Starring Michael Carrasco (North American Tour, Grease!), Rachel Pallante (The Vortex, The Tempest), Polly Seale (Radio City Music National Tour, The Wizard of Oz), Michael Marchese (TexARTS' My Way A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra), Kami Smith (Austin Shakespeare, As You Like It), Kristi King (Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Reefer Madness), Curt Olson (TexARTS, Guys and Dolls), and Toni Baker. All Shook Up runs August 12 - 21 at the Kam and James Morris Theatre.

A whole lotta shakin' will be goin' on when the music of Elvis takes center stage. In this madcap Broadway musical comedy, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night meets the rock 'n roll, gospel, and rockabilly hits made famous by The King! The production revolves around a rockin' rollin' roustabout stranger who arrives in a small Midwestern town, who shakes things up and changes everyone he meets. The production includes Elvis classics like, "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," and "Don't Be Cruel," that will have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes! The musical is based on the book by Joe DiPietro."TexARTS is excited to assemble these talented performers with world renowned choreographer Kimberly Schafer that will have the audience dancing in the aisles," said Jarret Mallon, executive director of TexARTS.

TexARTS is excited to welcome a talented group of actors to its cast: New York based actor, Michael Carrasco who performed in the North American Tour of Grease!, has also performed in All Shook Up and Sweet Charity at The Palace Theatre in New York; Austin newcomer, Rachel Palate, who performed in The Tempest at The Vortex; Polly Seale, who performed in The Wizard of Oz for Radio City Music National Tour and A Chorus Line at Sacramento Music Circus; Michael Marchese, who performed in My Way A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at TexARTS and James and the Giant Peach at Zach Theatre; Kami Smith, who performed in As You Like It at Austin Shakespeare; Kristi King, who performed in Reefer Madness at Doctuh Mistuh Productions; Curt Olson, who performed in Guys and Dolls at TexARTS; and Toni Baker, a musical theatre student at the University of Texas at Austin.

TexARTS' producing director Jarret Mallon will direct this production. Joining him is renowned New York-based Kimberly Schafer as choreographer. Kimberly has worked alongside the legendary Tommy Tune for years as his dance assistant. The musical director will be Rachel Hoovler, who was nominated by BroadwayWorld Austin Awards 2015 for Best Musical Direction for Catch Me If You Can at The Wimberley Players.

Single tickets from $40-$60. Subscriptions are still available, subscribe and receive 15% off! Subscriptions and single tickets are available by calling TexARTS Box Office at 512-852-9079 x101 or at All ages are welcome and parking is free. Group rates are available. Show times are August 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm, August 13, 14 and 21 at 2:00 pm.All performances will be held at the intimate Kam and James Morris Theatre at TexARTS' Erin Doherty Studios, 2300 Lohman's Spur, Suite #160, Lakeway, TX. The lounge opens one hour prior to curtain and offers beer, wine and light snacks. Parking is free.

TexARTS, the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts, offers completely staged professional productions and is a performing and visual arts educational academy. TexARTS is proud to employ hundreds of professional regional actors, musicians and artistic staff living here in Austin.

Photo Credit: Karla Ent

Michael Carrasco

Rachel Pallante, Michael Carrasco

Polly Seale with Ensemble

Kami Smith

Company of All Shook Up

Company of All Shook Up


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