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  • Audiences Cant Help Falling in Love with All Shook Up

    at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

    Friday,June24,2016

    CAMBRIDGEThankyou,thankyouverymuch!Audiencesarejumpingoutoftheirbluesuedeshoesasthefunfilled50smusicalcomedyAllShookUpdancesontothestageattheDunfieldTheatreCambridgeforthreeweeksonly.InspiredbyandfeaturingthesongsofElvisPresley,thislivelymusicalromancehaseverybodyfallinginlovenowtoJuly10.

    AllShookUpisasurefirecrowdpleaser,saysAlexMustakas,ArtisticDirectorofDraytonEntertainment.Itsfunny,upbeatandpackedwithgreattunesthatwillappealtoallgenerations,notjustthosewhogrewuponElvismusic.

    BasedlooselyonthestorylineofShakespearesTwelfthNight,AllShookUpisinspiredbyElvissinfluenceonearlyrocknrollandtherebelliousyouthcultureofthefifties.LikeTwelfthNight,thestorycentresonnumerouslovetrianglesandfeaturesayoungwomantryingtopassherselfoffasaboy,inordertogetcloseraparticularguy.

    Its1955andtomboymechanicNatalieHallerhasbigdreamsofescapingherrigidMidwesttownwhere loudmusic,publicneckingand tightpantshavebeenoutlawed.Lifegetsa littlemoreexcitingwhenChad,arebellious,guitarplayingbadboy rides into town.Hisbike ismakingweirdnoises,andNatalieinsistsshecanrepairit,hopingChadwilllookherway.Unfortunately,heonlyhaseyesforMissSandra,thelovelymuseumcuratorwhoistheobjectofeverymansaffection. Inhopesof earninghisadmiration,Nataliedisguisesherselfas EdandbefriendsChad.Willshewillhisheart?

    Nataliesnottheonlyonelookingforlove.Chadsarrivalchallengesthevaluesandrelationshipsoftheentiretown.Itseemslikeeverybodyisfallinginlovewithsomebody.Whollfallinlove?Youllhavetoseeittofindout!

    DanielleWade,whowonravereviewsforherportrayalsofSophieinMammaMia!andAnneinAnne of GreenGables, delivers another standout performance asNatalie, themotherless girlsearchingforloveandadventure.Herpluckyperformanceisbothwhackyandwistful,andherstellarvoicesoarsonfamiliartuneslikeALittleLessConversationandFoolsFallinLove.

  • PatrickCookproveshehastheElvistypemagnetismtomakesaudiencesswoonhestrutsandswivelshishipsinrequisitePresleymannerasthemotorcycleridinghunkofburninglove,Chad.Cookhas the looks, themovesand thecharismaofabonafideheartthroband theknockoutvoiceofa50srocknrollcrooner,whichisparticularlyevidentonnumberslikeJailhouseRock,AllShookUpandIDontWantTo.CookandWadehavepalpable chemistryand theirflawlessvoicesblendbeautifullyontheduetsFollowThatDreamandLoveMeTender.

    FreshfromheracclaimedperformanceasDonnainMammaMia!,BlytheWilsonturnsheadsasMissSandra,theseeminglyprimandpropermuseumcuratorturnedMonroeesquesiren,whohasfallenforsomeonewhoisntquiteasheseems.ColinSheenshinesasNataliesnerdyanddevotedbestfriendDennis,whoisperpetuallysecondfiddleandhasasecretcrushonher.HisyearningrenditionofItHurtsMeisahighlight.

    In her Drayton Entertainment debut, Vanessa Sears is earnest and lovable as 16yearoldLorraine,whojustcanthelpfallinginlovewithDean,thesonoftheuptightMayor,playedbyaboyishandcharmingGrahamParkhurst.TheforbiddenromancebetweenLorraineandDeanisasweetstorylinetheirduetItsNoworNeverisatendermoment.

    JenniBurkebringsher signature sassypersona to the roleofSylvia,Lorrainesnononsensemother and the owner of SylviasHonkyTonk,whos got burgeoning feelings for a certainsomeone.

    SheldonDavisshowsoffhisfinetunedcomictimingasJimHaller,Natalieswidowedfatherwhofindshimselfinvolvedinromanticpursuitsofhisown.DavisandCookmakeahilariousduowhentheytakeontheclassicsongDontBeCruel.

    KarenWoodisfunnyandforthrightasthestrictMayorMatildaHyde,whois horrifiedatthetownsslippingmorality.WoodscomedicfacialexpressionsareinfineforminheruproariousrenditionofthewellknowntuneDevilinDisguise.FunnymanNickSettimielicitsplentyoflaughsastheMayorshenpeckedSheriff,Earlwhodotesonher.

    ChristyAdamson,SamDiGuiseppe,GraemeGoodhall,MarkHarapiak, JudyKovacs,ErikMarkewich,SarahMatton,JadeRepeta,ChristineWatsonandTyrellWitherspoonroundoutthetalentedensemble.

    ThestellarcastisinskilfulhandswithDirectorLeeMacDougall,whobringsoutthebestineachperformermakingthislivelygemsparkle.MacDougallkeepsthepaceswiftandthecomedylightensuringthatthisentertainingproductionispackedwithgreattunes,greatmovesandgreatfun.

    MusicDirectorSteveThomasleadsatopnotchbandthroughthefunfilledscore,invokingthespiritandcomplexityofElvissrichmusicallegacy.Theatregoerswillbedelightedasthisjukeboxmusical explodes into fullthrottled joywith renditions ofElviss greatest hits classics likeHeartbreakHotel,CantHelpFallinginLove,HoundDogandmany,manymore.

    ChoreographerMike Jacksonenhances the joyfulspiritof theproductionwithenergeticandathleticchoreographythatsuitstheperiodandkeepstheaudienceengaged.

  • AllanWilbeeseraappropriatesetdesignaptlyconveysvarioussettingsfromtheautoshoptoSylviasHonkyTonk,theMuseumGardens,andtheOldFairgrounds.Thecreativescenery isenhanced by Jeff JohnstonCollins vibrant lighting design. Costume Designer AdrienneVranckaertcreatesacolourfularrayoffiftiesfashionsthatmatchtheproductionseffervescentatmosphere.

    WithastorypennedbyJoeDiPietro(Memphis,OvertheRiverandThroughtheWoods,ILoveYou,YourePerfect,NowChange),AllShookUppremieredonBroadwayatthePalaceTheatrein2005.Thehitjukeboxmusicalcontinuestobeperformedaroundtheworld.

    AllShookUpisproudlysponsoredbyJGGroupofCompanies.MediaSponsorsare1460CJOY,Magic106.1,andForeverYoungInformation.TheDesignSponsorsareEVOKitchenandubuHair&Body.The2016SeasonMediaSponsorisCTV.

    Dontmissyourchancetogetallshookup!Thishipswiveling,lipcurlingmusicalfantasyisonstagethroughJuly10attheDunfieldTheatreCambridge.

    Regularperformanceticketsare$44.00foradults;$26.00foryouthunder20yearsofage.HSTisapplicable to all ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Dunfield TheatreCambridge,onlineatwww.dunfieldtheatrecambridge.comorbycallingtheBoxOfficeat(519)6218000ortollfreeat1855drayton(3729866).

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    Formoreinformationpleasecontact:AmandaKind,MarketingManager

    DraytonEntertainmentamanda@draytonentertainment.com

    Phone:(519)6215511ext.235