Retro musical features Elvis songs
By Scott Bellile
Whether you danced to Elvis at sock hops years ago or you hear him when you chow at a retro diner today, his songs will be familiar to audiences of all ages at New London High School’s production of “All Shook Up.”
The musical will run Thursday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. each night at the New London High School auditorium.
Director Lucas Jensen described “All Shook Up” as a 1950s-based musical where everybody falls in love, written around the catchy songs of Elvis Presley.
“People from ages 0 to 100 are going to know these songs from some points in their lives,” Jensen said.
Senior Gabriella Besaw, who plays the role of Miss Sandra, said the audience will hear some more obscure Elvis while also recognizing hits including “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “All Shook Up.”
“That’s what I’m excited for,” Besaw said.
Senior Erin Wetzel, who plays the role of Lorraine, said unlike Broadway musicals one must not have seen “All Shook Up” beforehand to sing along. She enjoys the set list and often listens to the songs outside of rehearsals.
“You have it on in your car constantly,” Wetzel said. “Everywhere I go, it’s just blasting.”
Students in leading roles are Madelaine Trewin, Mike Samson, Liam Fitzgerald, Emelia Roberts, Erin Wetzel, Mat Monty, Gabriella Besaw, Madi Polley, Isaiah Doran, Joel Perez and Taylor Popke.
“We have a lot of talented performers this year,” Jensen said. “A lot of kids who work really hard.”
Tickets cost $8 for students and seniors 62 and older, and $10 for adults, except for on Friday, Nov. 15. On that night admission is $7 for everyone, and attendees will be encouraged to wear ’50s clothing.