MUSICAL LEADS: Lachlan Mount (Sheriff Earl), Tyla Makin (Sandra), Lindsay Mottershead (Jim), Meg Cross (Sylvia), Katie Connolly (Lorraine) and Joe Robinson (Dean).
MUSICAL LEADS: Lachlan Mount (Sheriff Earl), Tyla Makin (Sandra), Lindsay Mottershead (Jim), Meg Cross (Sylvia), Katie Connolly (Lorraine) and Joe Robinson (Dean).

Shakin' musical

ST Patrick's College's latest musical offering, All Shook Up, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser when 60 talented students bring the stage to life with the romantic comedy.

The capable students and dedicated teachers leading them have pulled long nights and days this past week preparing for the three hour-long performances that will feature some of Elvis' greatest hits.

Producer Clare Banks said a committed team of almost 100 students, staff and parents was now gearing up for the ninth musical the college had produced.

“It's a really collaborative effort with a strong core team of teachers,” she said.

All Shook Up the jukebox musical takes the audience back to the 50s with its fabulous costumes and sets.

The story centres on attractive drifter Chad, played by Luke Fick, who rides his motorbike into a small, dreary town in the American Midwest, bringing music and magic with him.

Also the show tells the story of young woman Natalie, played by Laura Manton, who seeks something more than what her small home town can offer, and the transformative effect of young rock ‘n' roll-playing roustabout, Chad, on the people in the town.

What follows is a delightful mix of Elvis Presley songs and touches of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The audience can expect romance, humour and mistaken identities as the townspeople come alive to the joy of music and dance.

During the witty and intelligent production audiences will hear 24 Elvis songs including Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes, Love Me Tender, C'mon Everybody and Teddy Bear. Ms Banks said the musical had been challenging as there were several songs that utilised the 60 cast members on stage singing and dancing.

“The students really enjoyed it because of its rock ‘n' roll theme,” she said.

St Patrick's College performs a musical every two years and Ms Banks said the last couple had been more traditional from the 50s while All Shook Up was modern, only about four-years-old.

“We looked for something that had a large cast, an interesting and humorous script and a good musical score.”

Ms Banks said the chorus has provided a really solid foundation for the rest of the cast.

“We're delighted with the band; we've never done a musical as big in terms of songs.”

Performances will be held at the Civic Centre's Heritage Theatre with opening night on Friday, April 30 at 7.30pm.

Other performances are Saturday May 1 at 1pm, and 7.30pm and Sunday May 2 at 1pm.

Bookings can be made at St Patrick's College or will be on sale at the door.

Gympie Times


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