Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Theatre at the Center's ALL SHOOK UP
Overflowing with Rock n' Roll, romance, and mistaken identities, the Elvis fueled Broadway Musical, ALL SHOOK UP, rides into Theatre at the Center, July 16th through August 16th with a press opening on Sunday July 19th at 7 p.m. at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, IN. Jeff Award-winning Artistic Director Bill Pullinsi joins forces with Jeff Award-winning Choreographer Danny Herman to co-direct the well-tuned, hot-rod musical, which continues Theatre at the Center's spectacular 25th Anniversary 2015 season. With a book by Tony Award-winning Joe DiPietro, nostalgic songs and sensational dance numbers, the hilarious musical will have audiences of all ages jumpin' out of their blue suede shoes!
Set in the summer of 1955 in a conservative Midwestern town, ALL SHOOK UP is the modern Rock n' Roll take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. ALL SHOOK UP follows the story of a small town girl with big dreams, Natalie, and the charismatic, motorcycle-riding roustabout she falls for, Chad. While Natalie dreams of hitting the open road, hoping to "Follow that Dream" with Chad by her side, Mayor Matilda Hyde believes Chad is the "Devil in Disguise," and quickly looks for a way to put a stop to his Rock n' Roll chaos. 24 classic Elvis hits drive the exhilarating musical comedy, including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Burning Love", "Jailhouse Rock", "Blue Suede Shoes", "It's Now or Never", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Fools Rush In".
Starring in the production are David Sajewich as "Chad" (The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical at Theatre at the Center; Fiddler on the Roof at Paramount Theatre), Jeff Award Winner Callie Johnson as "Natalie" (BIG FISH at Theatre at the Center; Pal Joey at Porchlight Music Theatre), and Jeff Award-winner Iris Lieberman as "Mayor Matilda Hyde" (How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Porchlight Musical Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof at Paramount Theatre), Matthias Austin as "Jim" (A Christmas Carol at Theatre at the Center; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Porchlight Musical Theatre), Justin Brill as "Dennis" (The First National Tour of Wicked; Harvey at Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Jeff Award Nominee Sharriese Hamilton as "Lorraine" (Ain't Misbehavin' at Porchlight Musical Theatre; Pericles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Allison Sill as "Miss Sandra" (LES MISERABLES at Drury Lane Theatre; The Secret Garden at Court Theatre), Jeff Award Winner Bethany Thomas as "Sylvia" (BIG FISH at Theatre at the Center; South Pacific at Marriott Theatre), Patrick Tierney as "Dean" (The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical at Theatre at the Center; LES MISERABLES at Paramount Theatre), and Steve Silver as "Sherriff Earl" (insert credits). The ensemble includes Annelise Baker, Julie Baird, Caitlin Borek, Johnson Brock, Brian Duncan, Reneisha Jenkins, Kayla Kennedy, Eric Lewis, John Marshall, and Henry McGinniss.
The ALL SHOOK UP production team includes Musical Director Bill Underwood, Stage Managers Matt McMullen and Daniel Hanson, Technical Director and Production Manager Ann Davis, General Manager Richard Friedman, Jeff Award-winning Scenic Designers Jackie Penrod and Richard Penrod, Lighting and Projections Designer Guy Rhodes, Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead and Wig Designer Kevin Barthel.
Founded in 1991, the 400-seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and has free parking. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and select Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees. Individual ticket prices range from $40 - $44. To purchase individual tickets call the Box Office at 219.836.3255 or Tickets.com at 800.511.1552. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates are also available. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit TheatreAtTheCenter.com.
Photos by Bridget Earnshaw
Johnson Brock, Deanna Reed-Foster, Iris Lieberman, Matt McMullen, Allison Sill, Kayla Kennedy, Bethany Thomas, Callie Johnson, Dan Hanson, Caitlin Borek, Annelise Baker, Sharriese Hamilton, Reneisha Jenkins, Julie Baird, Mathias Austin, Eric Lewis, Steve Silver, Henry McGinniss, Brian Duncan, John Marshall Jr., David Sajewich, Justin Brill, Patrick Tierney and James Spangler
Kayla Kennedy, Bethany Thomas, Julie Baird, Callie Johnson, Sharriese Hamilton, Caitlin Borek, Reneisha Jenkins, Allison Sill, Iris Lieberman, Brian Duncan, Steve Silver, Matthias Austin and John Marshall Jr. Spangler
Deanna Reed-Foster, Matt McMullen, Allison Sill, Kayla Kennedy, Bethany Thomas, Callie Johnson, Dan Hanson, Caitlin Borek, Annelise Baker, Sharriese Hamilton, Reneisha Jenkins, Julie Baird, Mathias Austin, Eric Lewis, Steve Silver, Henry McGinniss, Johnson Brock, John Marshall Jr., David Sajewich, Justin Brill, Patrick Tierney and James Spangler