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The King Returns to Michigan as HSRT Opens ALL SHOOK UP

by Dan Cash

HOLLAND – The legendary Elvis Presley wisely stated, “Sad thing is, you can still love someone and be wrong for them.” This adage perfectly portrays the plot of the rock and roll musicalAll Shook Up, inspired by the legendary songs of Elvis Presley®such asHeartbreak Hotel,Love Me Tender,Don’t Be Cruel,Can’t Help Falling in Love, and, of course, the title tune,All Shook Up. Secret crushes and fiery passion are awakened in a small town when a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger arrives to spread the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley®with the book by Joe DiPietro,All Shook Upruns at the DeWitt Theatre (141 E. 12thStreet) at 8:00 pm on June 21, 22, 28,July 10, 11, 17, 22, 25, 30, andAugust 2, 7, 10.

The musical centers around the romantic misadventures of Natalie, a young mechanic stuck in middle America searching for love and adventure. When Chad, a mysterious roustabout, drives into town on his motorcycle, Natalie is immediately smitten. However, the course of love never does run smooth as Natalie attempts to win the affections of her rebellious heartthrob. Although whirlwind romances and deception sweep the town into frenzy, true love ultimately emerges for all.

Playing the role of Natalie isGrace Stockdale(Oro Valley, AZ), a current senior BFA Musical Theatre Major from Ithaca College who is making her HSRT debut. Also making his debut is her leading manJoseph Bigelow(Minneapolis, MN), a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. 

Supporting cast includesMichael Williams(Houston, TX) as Dennis,Michael Hanna(Minneapolis, MN) as Dean,Chip Duford*(Flint, MI) as Jim,Joseph Byrd(Holland, MI) as Sheriff,Allison Morse(Cleveland, OH) as Miss Sandra,Sierra White*(Chicago, IL) as Silvia,Olivia Puckett(San Diego, CA) as Lorraine, andAnita Jo Lenhart(Memphis, TN) as Mayor Matilda. The ensemble includes:Celeste Rose(Rancho Palos Verdes, CA),Kate Colburn(Holland, MI),Lydia Blickley(Grand Rapids, MI),Bernell Lassai(Chicago, IL),Darnell Pierre Benjamin(St. Martinville, LA),Alyssa Magarian(Cincinnati, OH),Chris Alexey Diaz(Orlando, FL),Nick Selting(Laramie, WY), andMatt Madden(Newtown, CT). (*Members of Actors Equity Association)

All Shook Upwill be directed byDavid Colacci, who is also serving as HSRT’s Artistic Director. David has a long history with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; this year marks his 28thseason with the company and 22ndas the Artistic Director. As a Director, he has led productions ofChildren of Eden,Into the Woods,Godspell,As You Like It,Twelfth Night,Romeo and Juliet, andI Hate Hamlet. In addition, David has performed as Charlie inThe Foreigner, Mark inArt, Lenny inRumors, Oscar inThe Odd Couple, Orgon inTartuffe, Uncle Jack inDancing at Lughnasa, Archibald inThe Secret Garden, and John Adams in1776. During his nine years as a resident artist at Cleveland Play House, he directed the world premiere ofBright Ideasby Eric Coble and Murphy Guyer’sInfinite Regress of Human Vanity. David has performed at theatres nationwide for nearly 40 years, including The Old Globe in San Diego, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie in Minneapolis, and Boston’s New Rep Theatre. He has won numerous awards as a narrator of audio books, including two Audie nominations.

The production team forAll Shook Upis as follows: Stage ManagerAllyson Namishia, Scenic DesignerKristin Ellert, Lighting DesignerStephen Sakowski, Costume Designer and Costume Shop ManagerJessica Leslie, Sound DesignerAmanda Werre, Props MasterWyatt Heatherington Tilka, Charge ArtistAaron O’Neill, and Master ElectricianKrystal Martinez.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket package. A season ticket package saves patrons up to 27% off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for every performance. With free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket package is the best way to support HSRT. Season packages are now on sale at the DeWitt and the new 8thStreet ticket offices.

The Season Pass Package includes mezzanine seating for four main stage performances and our bonus show for only $87 for adults and $82 for seniors. The Best Buy Package includes admission to the four main stage productions for $67 for adults and $62 for seniors. The Super-Saver Package includes seating limited to the balcony and orchestra for our four main stage productions for $50 for adults and seniors.

The Children’s Pass Package is great for children under 12 and includes tickets to both CPT performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for $25. The Adult CPT Package is great for a parent for it includes a ticket to both CPT performances and one main stage performance for $40. Add an additional performance and pay $60 for our Bonus Adult CPT Package.

Individual tickets are now on sale at the DeWitt Ticket Office (141 E. 12thStreet) fromMondaythroughFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmand beginningJune 15Saturdays fromNoon– Intermission. Our new 8thStreet Ticket Office (100 E. 8thStreet – Main Level) is openMondaythroughFriday 10:00 am – 5 pm. Prices range from $12 - $28 forAll Shook Up. Patrons can purchase individual tickets online by visitinghope.edu/hsrtor calling616-395-7890.