Alliance High Schools rendition of “All Shook Up” began Thursday night with the audience enjoying the 50s themed musical put on by the cast and crew.
Directed by Carrie Chunat, the musical featured the hit songs of Elvis Presley entwined with a fun plot set to make every audience member laugh. Rachael Wagner and Ryan McKnight lead the show as Natalie and Chad. Chad, a no-good roustabout with music in his soul, arrives in a small town set in its ways. Natalie falls for him upon first sight and will do anything she can to make him fall for her, even if it means taking on another persona to draw his eyes away from the intriguing Miss Sandra, played by Savannah Heller.
Trouble ensues as characters fall for one another, leaving some happy and others heartbroken for the duration of the musical. It’s safe to say, Chad has the small town “All Shook Up.”
“I was completely blown away by the students' energy tonight,” Chunat said. “That's one of the most rewarding parts of my job, seeing them reach their full potential on stage in front of that audience. I'm excited for them to be able to perform this show they've worked so hard on three more times.”
The show featured appearances from AHS’ very own Principal Shawn Jackson and Alliance City Schools administrators Superintendent Jeffery Talbert and Assistant Superintendent Jason Dixon.
“I would like to congratulate the cast and crew of ‘All Shook Up’ on a great opening night,” Talbert said about the opening night performance. “Their performance is a clear indication of all the effort and hard work they put into creating this rendition of ‘All Shook Up.’”
If you missed opening night, there are still three more chances to see the performance: tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are available online at https://singingaviators.ludus.com/index.php or at the door. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens.