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All Shook Up

All Shook UpJune 7-July 17
Book by Joe Dipietro
Inspired by and featuring the Songs of Elvis Presley.

Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights, Worldwide.
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"Teaming up Will Shakespeare and Elvis is like...well no other duo." It’s 1955, and into a square little town, in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”  The musical premiered on Broadway in 2005, where it ran for 200 performances before making its way around America at regional theatres.



 

 

 

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
All Shook Up Press Release
All Shook Up Review by Frank Ramirez
All Shook Up Review by Jeri Seely
All Shook Up Preview in Broadway World

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All Shook Up
Archive Photographs

   

 

 

A Note from the Director…

Mike FielderI have to admit I was not Elvis fan when I first encountered this play – and some audience members may not be either - but his music (and the arrangements of this musical) is so infectious, toe-tapping, simple, heart-felt and heart-wrenching. I challenge anyone not to love his music after seeing this musical. Anyone who has ever been in love can remember (hopefully) that first glance “across a crowded room”, that first moment when he made you laugh, that first flip of her hair, that first moment when you realized you were more than friends.  It’s those first moments that this play magnifies and celebrates.  And, like the characters in this play, we too had to navigate the rocky road of love in order to coast along the highway of life. Lastly, this play leaves one resounding message of “follow[ing] your dreams/where ever that dream may lead”.  It’s such a simple sentiment but living your one life to that mantra takes guts, strength and resolve. I’m still not a huge Elvis fan (except for the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches = YUM!) but he did live his life fully and he loved with abandon without any regrets.  If we could all take a fraction of this philosophy and relate it to our lives, think how much more contented we would be: “But as long as a man/has strength to dream/he can redeem his soul and fly.” Enjoy tonight’s flight; we’ll see all you “roustabouts” on the highway of life.

Mike Fielder




All Shook Up Cast

   

Natalie Haller

 

Abby Murray Vachon

Chad

 

Carl Glenn

Jim Haller

 

Rory Dunn

Sylvia

 

Jazzë Lewis

Lorraine

 

Chakendra Fennell

Dennis

 

Alec Brown

Miss Sandra

 

Kayla Ricker

Mayor Matilda Hyde

 

Jordan Tudor

Dean Hyde

 

Will Herndon

Sheriff Earl

 

Don Hart

Ensemble

 

Kaitlyn Casanova

 

 

Aaron Gilmer

 

 

Katie Post

 

 

Nick Wheeler

     

 

All Shook Up Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Amber Burgess

Director / Choreographer

 

Mike Fielder

Music Director

 

Julie Lyn Barber

Production Stage Manager

 

Michael Redondo

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting / Sound / Scenic Artist

 

Tim Becze

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe

 

Ashley Alverth

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

The Place: A small you-never-heard-of-it town somewhere in the Midwest
The Time: A twenty-four hour period, during the Summer of 1955.

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Scene 1

 

Jailhouse Rock

Chad, Prisoners & Warden

Scene 2 Sylvia's Honky-Tonk

 

Heartbreak Hotel

Henrietta, Dennis & Company

Scene 3 the Town's Main Street

 

One Night

Natalie

C'Mon Everybody

Chad & Company

Scene 4 Inside Jim's Gas Station

 

Follow that Dream

Chad & Natalie

Scene 5 Outside the Town Museum

 

One Night with You

Chad

Teddy Bear / Hound Dog

Chad, Dennis, Sandra & Natalie

Scene 6 Sylvia's Honky-Tonk

 

One Night with You

Jim

That's All Right

Chad & Company

Scene 7 the Bus Stop

 

It's Now or Never

Dean & Lorraine

Scene 8 Outside the Garage

 

Love Me Tender

Chad & Natalie

Scene 9 In front of the Shoe Shop

 

Blue Suede Shoes

Natalie, Chad & Company

Don't Be Cruel

Chad, Ed & Jim

Scene 10 the Museum Garden

 

Follow that Dream (Reprise)

Ed

One Night with You

Sandra

Let Yourself Go

Sandra & Company

Scene 11 Main Street

 

Can't Help Falling in Love

Sylvia, Dennis & Company

   

Act II

 

Scene 1 the Abandoned Fairgrounds

 

All Shook Up

Chad & Company

It Hurts Me

Dennis

Scene 2 Another Part of the Fairgrounds

 

A Little Less Conversation

Ed & Girls

The Power of My Love

Chad, Sandra & Jim

All Shook Up (Reprise)

Sandra

I Don't Want To

Chad

Scene 3 Another Part of the Fairgrounds

 

Devil in Disguise

Matilda & Girls

Scene 4 Another Part of the Fairgrounds

 

There's Always Me

Sylvia

Scene 5 the Tunnel of Love

 

If I Can Dream

Chad & Company

Scene 6 Another Part of the Fairgrounds

 

Can't Help Falling in Love (Reprise)

Earl

Fools Fall in Love / The Wedding

Company

Scene 7 the Town Church

 

Burning Love

Chad & Company

 

Cast Biographies

Alec BrownAlec Brown (Dennis) is a recent graduate from Missouri State Universities Musical Theatre BFA program. He has previously been seen as Brad in Hairspray, and Mendel/Bottle Dancer in Fiddler on the Roof with Tent Theatre. Other roles include Leaf Coneybear in 25th...Bee, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Woof in Hair, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He would like to thank his family, friends, and MT16 for all of their support and love. 






Kaitlyn CasanovaKaitlyn Casanova (Ensemble) is a graduate of Central Michigan University's Musical Theatre program. Since graduating, she has performed both regionally and internationally. Her favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Cosette in Les Misérables. Many thanks to her family and friends for their love and support. 







Rory DunnRory Dunn (Jim Haller) has been performing on stage for most of his life. So far he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief. Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Josiah in Josiah for President and the Bishop in Les Misérables







Chakendra FennellChakendra Fennell (Lorraine) is excited to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut as Lorraine in All Shook Up. She is a recent graduate of the BFA Theatre Performance program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Some of favorite credits include: The Color Purple (Nettie/Squeak), RENT (Joanne), Hairspray (Dynamite), and Shrek (Dragon/Mama Bear/Mama Ogre). She wants to thank RBT for the opportunity as this is her first post college gig! She'd also like to thank her family, friends, and past professors/directors. Gal 2:20.


Aaron GilmerAaron Gilmer (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in his first season here at The Round Barn Theatre. He was most recently seen in the ensemble of Memphis: The Musical at POTS in Memphis, TN. Also Momentum, a faculty choreographed dance concert and the musical Oklahoma! both at The University of Memphis where he is Studying to recieve a BFA in Theater Performance with a double concentration of Musical Theater and Dance. Aaron dedicates all his performances to his late Mother, Martha Gilmer, who helped cultivate his love for theater and dance and always pushed him to be his very best. He would also like to thank his Dad, his Family, all his friends, and his Teacher Rachel Black for all their support! Please enjoy the show! 


Carl GlennCarl Glenn (Chad) is very excited to be returning to The Round Barn! He was last seen here as an ensemble member in Mary Poppins. Other credits include Tom Sawyer in Big River at Great Plains Theare, Stan Smartley in The Character Quiz Show at Hersheypark, and Pig 2 in Shrek The Musical at Grandstreet Theare.
Web Series: Living the Dream! with Kyle and Carl. Follow Carl @carltkglenn. 






Don HartDon Hart (Sheriff Earl) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy
Enjoy the show!

 

 

 




Will HerndonWill Herndon (Dean) is from a town called Ardmore in Southern Oklahoma. This May, he graduated from The University of Central Oklahoma with his Bachelor's of Music. His most recent production was My One and Only where he played Captain Billy Buck Chandler. Some other favorite roles include: Floyd in Floyd Collins, John in Meet Me in St. Louis, and Bobby in A Chorus Line. Thanks to my family and friends for all of their love and support. 





Jazze LewisJasmine Jazzë Lewis (Sylvia) is a 23-year-old Atlanta native. She received her BFA with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. Professional Credits include, 42nd Street (Ensemble), & Mary Poppins (Ensemble). Favorite Collegiate Credits include The Wiz (Glinda), The Spitfire Grill (Hannah), & The Producers (Gold Girl). Jazzë would like to thank God for the opportunity. She would also like to thank her family & friends for believing in her and giving her an extra push of love & encouragement. Love you guys! She is also dedicating her performances to Grandma Helen, Grandpa Billy and Shaé, may you always watch over me, I miss and love you all.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self discipline. -  2 Timothy 1:7 


Katie PostKatie Post
(Ensemble) Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Katie Post will be returning to Wright State University in Dayton this fall to complete her BFA in Acting. She is excited to return to The Round Barn stage this year having previously performed as Patty Simcox in Grease and Purity in Anything Goes. Other regional credits include: Portia in Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and The Producers at Columbus Children's Theatre and Kate/Chuntey  in Legally Blonde The Musical, Phoebe in As You Like It, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Big River and 13 at Weathervane Playhouse. Many thanks to Amber and the cast and crew. Much Love! 




Kayla RickerKayla Ricker
(Miss Sandra) Since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, Kayla has continued her pursuit of musical theatre. She worked in Maine performing in shows such as Shout! The Mod Musical, and as Ulla in The Producers. Since then she's planted roots in Pigeon Forge, TN. There she has worked at theatres including Dollywood and The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. In 2013 she traveled all the way to North Dakota to be a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. She would like to thank her boyfriend, Stephen, for his continuous support and encouragement and her two dogs Samson and Chewie for putting up with their mama being away. 


Jordan TudorJordan Tudor (Mayor Matilda) is a southern girl, having spent most of her life in Nashville, TN. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Favorite roles include: Maureen in RENT, Calliope in XANADU, Maria in Twelfth Night, and Judy in 9 to 5. She has also performed in several shows at SeaWorld San Diego.
Love to Ian. Enjoy the show! 








Abby Murray VachonAbby Murray Vachon (Natalie) is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana and holds a B.F.A. in Acting (Musical Theatre emphasis) from Wright State University. Some of her favorite professional credits include performing with Leslie Uggams in An Evening with Leslie Uggams, Les Misérables (Fantine), and Barnum at The Old Creamery Theatre. Other favorite credits include Vanishing Point (Agatha Christie) and Sondheim On Sondheim (Erin Mackey Track). So much love and thanks to her Mom, Dad, Nick, Amber, Melissa, Alex, and Lee.
For more info check out: Abbymurrayvachon.com


Nick WheelerNick Wheeler (Ensemble) was born in Moorhead, MN, just across the river from the city of Fargo. With a music teacher for a mother and a theatre professor for a father, acting and singing turned out to be an almost inevitable path. Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has worked in Fargo, Philadelphia, and New York. Amongst his favorite roles and shows have been Max Bialystock in The Producers, Father Flynn in Doubt, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.  Nick loves reading, learning new instruments, and collecting vinyl records. Nick wants to wish everyone reading this all the happiness they can possibly have. 

 

 

 

Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Assistant/Wardrobe) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

Julie Lyn Barber (Music Director) has served as music director for numerous professional, college, and community productions including The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Seussical, and The Rocky Horror Show. She recently choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and directed Guys and Dolls at Western Kentucky University, where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance. She has played “Berenice” in the Indianapolis production of Cabaret Poe since 2009, and her new musical, The Indiana Squirrel Stampede will play at the 2016 Indianapolis Fringe Festival. At The Round Barn, she played Katie in Plain and Fancy, Inez in The Baker’s Wife, and the Narrator in Joseph … Dreamcoat. Her degrees include a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, Master of Music from Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia, and a piano certificate from the Western Conservatory of Music. www.JulieLynBarber.net 

Tim Becze (Lighting / Sound) has been performing with The Round Barn Theatre for the past 2 years as he finished his BA in Theater from Bethel College. This year Becze is thrilled to be back at RBT working on lighting and scenic art. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends, playing music, and sleeping. 

Amber Burgess (Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5

Mike Fielder (Director) is making his debut as a Round Barn Theatre guest director having staged plays and musicals for the Showboat Majestic, Princeton Theater and Falcon Theatre.  Some of his favorite past projects have included Striking 12: the Groovelily musical, Disney’s Tarzan, and recently, Big Fish.  He would like to thank the constant love and support of his chosen family and Amber Burgess, not only for the opportunity but also for vicariously “following that dream/wherever that dream may lead.”

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 29 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."



 

amish acresAll Shook Up
Theme Dinner: June 10

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
Amish Acres



It's Now or Never

Soup
C'mon Everybody Cream of Tomato

Salad
Mayor Matilda's Mixed Green Salad
Power of Love Potato Salad

Appetizer
Sylvia's Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Burning Love Pigs in a Blanket
Honky Tonk Wings

Entrée

Love Me Tender Angus Chuck Cheeseburger Steak
Don't Be Cruel Chicken à la King

Starch

Fools Fall in Love French Fries
Sheriff Earl's Cheese Lasagna

Vegetable
That's All Right Mixed Vegetables

Desserts
Apple Pie
Chocolate Cobbler
Dirt Pudding
Ruth's Famous Crème Brûlée

Beverages
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffee
Tang
Bottled Soda ($)
Malt Bar ($)
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)