All Shook Up

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, Book by Joe Dipietro

Directed by Dennis Yadon; Vocal Direction by Jane Voegeli

“The story is ALL NEW! The hits are all ELVIS!”

“In the middle of a square state….in the middle of a square decade….in a square little town……”

A rock 'n roll roustabout rumbles into town on his motorcycle. His charismatic personality, velvety voice and swiveling hips instantly become instruments of change, turning a drab, uptight community into a rockin' place where love sparks and grows. Add a thread of mistaken identity in the manner of a Shakespearean comedy (think 'As You Like It' or 'Twelfth Night') and you've got the immensely entertaining 'All Shook Up'.

By the end of Act One it seems that all the lovable characters are enamored with someone who is unfortunately enamored with someone else. By the end of the show…well….what do you think happens?

This musical features nearly two dozen popular Elvis Presley songs, including “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, a honky-tonk version of 'That's All Right', and a stunningly beautiful arrangement of 'Can't Help Falling in Love' performed by the entire company. A must see, for Elvis fans and for all the rest of us, too!

Produced by Sun Prairie Civic Theatre at Sun Prairie High School Auditorium, 220 Kroncke Drive, Sun Prairie

Performances: May 1-10, 2009

Performance Times: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 2009 at 7:30 PM and May 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices: Adults $12.00, Seniors (55+) $10.00, Students (<18) $9.00

Call 608-837-8217 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:

Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Auditions for All Shook Up will be held at the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre Barn, located at 500 South Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI. Auditions will begin at 7:00pm and end no later than 10:00pm both days. No appointments are necessary. Possible callbacks either Feb. 25 or Feb. 26. NOTE: Auditionees must be at least 14 years old (NO exceptions).

Please prepare an excerpt (not to exceed one minute in length) from a 1950's style song (can either be from popular music of that era, including Elvis songs, or from a musical that takes place then). You MUST bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key (an accompanist will be provided) or an accompaniment CD. A capella singing will not be permitted. Dress comfortably for a dance audition. There will also be readings from the script.

Seeking the following:

Chad:   The Elvis-like character (NOT an impersonation!); he is a great-looking, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed bad boy with natural charm.   Rock baritone.

Natalie Heller/Ed: A small town tomboy who dreams of more; lusts after Chad; dresses up as “Ed” to get closer to Chad.  Alto, uses Belt Voice.

Jim Haller: Natalie’s widowed father; middle-aged and messy, he still longs for his wife.  Baritone.

Sylvia:  The no-nonsense, African-American owner of SYLVIA’S HONKY-TONK. Alto, uses Belt Voice (with Gospel Flair).

Dennis:  Natalie’s best friend and secret admirer. He is a wide-eyed, awkward (think 'lost puppy'), aspiring dentist.   Tenor.

Lorraine:  Sylvia’s teenage daughter; African-American. Pretty, smart and a total romantic.  Alto uses some Belt.

Miss Sandra:  The sexy, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum; she falls for “Ed”.  Alto, uses Belt Voice

Mayor Matilda Hyde: The town’s ULTRA-conservative mayor (think Mamie Eisenhower).  Alto, uses Belt Voice

Dean Hyde: Matilda’s son who has been military boarding schooled. He never disobeys his mother. Tenor.

Sherrif Earl: The law in town and a man of VERY few words. He loyally follows the Mayor wherever she goes.  Booming Baritone.

Male & Female Ensemble: 10-15 additional cast members (of all ages, sizes, types, etc). NOT a typical musical chorus; this group will have a lot of fun and is heavily featured in the show.

To hear song excerpts, click on the following (and select "Songs", located in the top section):

For more information, please contact the director, Dennis Yadon, at