All Ohio Thespian Troupe Takes Festival by Storm!
The 2009 International Thespian Festival, in Lincoln, Nebraska, featured the All-Ohio Thespians in an absolute knock-out production of ALL SHOOK UP. This amazing show brought down the house as over 2000 Festival attendees rocked, rolled and stomped their feet to the irresistible beat of Elvis Presley music and Joe DiPietro’s Shakespeare infused story.
ALL SHOOK UP performed in the coveted opening night slot on the main stage of the Festival. This yearly event, attended by over 600 schools from around the United States and rest of the world, is the most prestigious and influential gathering of high school musical theatre departments.
Author Joe DiPietro personally contacted the All-Ohio Troupe with this message:
I want to wish you the very best of luck in your production of my show, “All Shook Up.” It’s a show that has entertained people all over the world, and I’m thrilled that you’re now part of this theatrical tradition. Rock on-Joe DiPietro
COMMUNITY THEATRES ARE ALL SHOOK UP, TOO!
ALL SHOOK UP has had hundreds of productions world-wide as theatre organizations everywhere embrace this sure-fire hit. The show that puts the shake in Shakespeare intertwines a wonderfully wacky plot with elements of the Bard’s comedies (12th Night & As You Like It) and the best of the King’s musical movie stories to make a brand new theatre experience! After playing Broadway in 2005 and touring the world over, ALL SHOOK UP has now become a community and high school theatre favorite.
Milan Paurich of Vindy.com in Youngstown, Ohio, wrote of the Youngstown Playhouse production in October of 2009, “ALL SHOOK UP which uses the Elvis Presley songbook as its raison d’tre…has become a touring and regional theater sensation. It’s the references, in his (DiPietro’s) script — Footloose, Grease, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, ad infinitum… (and) the clever way he scrambles all those disparate sources together that make ‘Shook Up’ such a certifiable hoot.”
Youngstown Playhouse director Mary Ruth Lynn, in an interview with Milan Paurich, said, “Chad, the roustabout, is a cross between James Dean and the Fonz, whose magical touch seems to break the chains and bring everyone to life…Love stories abound. Natalie loves Chad, Chad loves Sandra, Dennis loves Natalie, Sylvia loves Jim, Jim loves Sandra, Chad drops Sandra and loves Ed — who’s actually Natalie disguised as a man. Sandra comes to love Chad only to discover his words are actually those of Dennis and Jim and Sylvia end up together. As for the town’s sheriff, the mayor, her son and Sylvia’s daughter, I’ll let you find out what happens to them when you see the show. It’s a true highlight of the evening!”
For high schools and community theatres, ALL SHOOK UP offers that perfect storm of great music, great story, great comedy and tons of great roles for girls and boys alike. This review from the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California, of Performance Riverside’s production of ALL SHOOK UP captures the wildly successful phenomenon: “The show’s enormous energy and off-the-charts happiness practically insist on making the audience dance in the aisles, and all the way home!”
Check out ALL SHOOK UP on TRW’s showpage and get ready to shake things up on your stage this season!