Dundalk Community Theatre Presents ALL SHOOK UP, 5/4-13


Dundalk Community Theatre brings to stage the new musical comedy, set in the 1950's and based on the music of Elvis Presley: ALL SHOOK UP, from May 4 to May 13.

The show was created by one of Broadway's current favorites, Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, The Thing About Men, Memphis, Over the River…). Director Robert Oppel & Choreographer Vincent Musgrave's energetic cast includes: Sheriff Earl (Bobby Mahoney of Harve De Grace), Jim (Brian Jacobs of Baltimore), Dean (Jake Stuart of Baltimore), Lorraine (Joele Atkinson of Baltimore), Henrietta (Lisa Pastella-Young of Parkville), Sylvia (Rikki Howie of Gaithersburg), Mayer Matilda (Mary Elizabeth Mullin of Fallston), Miss Sandra (Rebecca Garrahy), Dennis (Jim Baxter of Ellicott City), Natalie (Logan Burke of Pasadena), Chad (Chris Zarbargashi of Baltimore). Individual tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior adults and $15 for students/DCT Actors/Children 12 and under.

All Shook Up is a new musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It's not a biographical revue. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Teddy Bear/ Hound Dog", "That's All Right", "You're the Devil in Disguise", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Fools Fall in Love" and of course the title tune.

Show times are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday – May 4 – May 14 in the John E. Ravekes Theatre, K Building. For tickets and information, call 443-840-2787. Patrons requiring special accommodations are urged to notify the Box Office at least two weeks in advance. The CCBC Box Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or visit www.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts/dct.html.

Dundalk Community Theatre is a program of the college, providing high-quality live theatre experiences for the entire family at affordable prices. Tom Colonna, a veteran actor and director, serves as the Managing Director for DCT. DCT is in residence at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

The Cast:

Sheriff Earl (Bobby Mahoney of Harve De Grace) makes his first appearance at DCT. Some of Bobby's credits include Sam Byck in Assassins, Eddie Lyons in Blood Brothers, Oscar Madison in the Odd Couple, Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical, and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol the Musical.

Jim (Brian Jacobs of Baltimore) last appeared as the Adult Male in Spring Awakening at CCBC--Catonsville. Other recent roles include: Jerry in The Full Monty at DCT, Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown and Zoser in Aida at Cockpit in Court, and Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant at Spotlighters Theatre.

Dean (Jake Stuart of Baltimore) joins his first production with DCT. Jake has been active in community theater for the past 14 years with Towson and Timonium Dinner Theaters as well as Infinity Theatrical Productions and the Suburban Players.

Lorraine (Joele Atkinson of Baltimore) appears in her first performance at DCT. This is her debut performance outside of high school where she has performed in Beauty and The Beast as Lumiere, Arsenic and Old Lace as Martha, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum as Philia, The Odd Couple(Female Version) as Olive, and Cinderella as Baroness Hardopp.

Henrietta (Lisa Pastella-Young of Parkville) returns to DCT after having performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Jane Eyre. Favorite local credits include: Woman 2 (CLOSER THAN EVER), Madeline True (LIPPA'S WILD PARTY), Lucy (CHARLIE BROWN) and Melpomene (XANADU).

Sylvia (Rikki Howie of Gaithersburg) debuts at DCT after having directed/performed/choreographed in Elden Street Players Aint Misbehavin, choreographing Chicago at St Marks players choreographing Guys and Dolls at Tantallong Community players.

Mayer Matilda (Mary Elizabeth Mullin of Fallston) returns to the DCT stage having performed last season as Ezmerelda in Cinderella. Last month, she was seen in the CCBC Catonsville production of Spring Awakening (adult women). Area audiences may have seen her Sarah in Company (PFT), as the Queen in Once Upon a Mattress (PFT and Suburban Players) Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Miracle Players), Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed…(Suburban), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (PFT and Suburban) Cherry in Barnum (Suburban) Nancy in Oliver (PFT), Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Covered Bridge), Ruby Rae in Best Little Whorehouse…(MAF), Sheila and Val in Chorus Line at (TDT), Mary Elizabeth has a bachelor's degree in Theatre from Towson University. Away from the stage, she is an independent director for the company, Thirty-One Gifts.

Miss Sandra (Rebecca Garrahy) was last seen on DCT's stage as Abigail in 1776. Recent credits include Sophisticated Ladies, A Christmas Carol, The Producers, and The Full Monty (Georgie) with Toby's Dinner Theatre(s) Other local/regional credits include Pippin (Fastrada), Beehive (Dusty/Janis), Will Rogers Follies (Z's Fav), Oklahoma (Laurey), Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), and a year with Disney Cruise Line. TV/Film: All My Children, Center Stage.

Dennis (Jim Baxter of Ellicott City) is making his DCT debut after CCBC Catonsville's production of Spring Awakening. Other local credits include Benchmarks, H.U.M., Bat Boy the Musical, Wait until Dark, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Jim has been in MD for only two years, but has a slew of other credits from his hometown of Syracuse, NY.

Natalie (Logan Burke of Pasadena) will act in her first production with DCT. Logan has recently appeared in CCBC's production of Spring Awakening, in addition to H.U.M., Bat Boy: The Musical, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Chad (Chris Zarbargashi of Baltimore) graduated a year ago with a degree in Acting from Towson University. He has been performing professional, college and community theatre in the Baltimore area for the past six years.

Photo credit: James Hunnicutt

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