Reading Operatic performed All Shook Up, a jukebox-style musical, on 20-24 September 2011 at The Hexagon, Reading.
Featuring Elvis Presley songs and loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with book by Joe DiPietro, All Shook Up was first premiered on Broadway in 2005, making it one of the youngest musicals ever to be performed by ROS. Staging in our production was modern with steel decking and projected scenes, quite a departure for the society. The props list unsurprisingly included a full-size motorcycle.
All School Up featured a total cast of 39 with principal roles performed by Christen Gaskin as Natalie Haller, Damian Sollesse as Chad, Stuart Neak as Jim Haller, Anna Jennings as Sylvia, Louise Woods as Lorraine, Richard Bott as Dennis, Jennie Gumbrell as Sandra, Sam Rogers as Mayor Matilda Hyde, Shaun Blake as Dean Hyde and Philip Elliott as Sheriff Earl. The show was directed and choreographed by Scott Jenkins with musical director Andy Milburn and conductor Marc Pizer alongside the Reading Operatic Society’s residential production team – David Parsonson production manager, Carol Hodgkinson stage manager and Kim Hollamby lighting designer.
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