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This year's musical is "All Shook Up"

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Elvis Presley and Shakespeare come together in this year’s musical “All Shook Up, written by Joe DiPietro and centered around Elvis Presley’s music.  All Shook Up is a re-telling of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to the music of Elvis Presley.


Shakespearean devices of falling in love at first sight, disguises, and misidentifications are joined with Elvis hits such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Hound Dog.”

According to director Kathryn Haffner, “All of the music consists of popular hits from Elvis Presley, performed by an awesome cast of DCHS students.”   Ladd Wendelin is the technical director.


The story is set in the 1950s in a small town in the Midwest. Chad (played by Reegon Witt) is a singing, dancing roustabout, just released from prison. Nearby, a young girl named Natalie (played by Faith Meitl) yearns for someone to sweep her off her feet and fall in love with her. She thinks that Chad could be that guy, but is he? 


Repressed by their conservative Mayor, the town begins to come alive under Chad’s influence.

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Other cast members include Trae Woolsey as Jim Haller, Jean Soderlund as Sylvia, Skyler Brown as Lorraine, Tyler McHugh as Dennis, Danielle Rouse as Miss Sandra, Erin May as Mayor Matilda Hyde, Taite Woolsey as Dean Hyde, David Waterman as Sheriff Earl, and Lily Hendrickson as Henrietta.


The rest of the cast includes Josiah Weyeneth, Mackenzie Urban, Nathan Cartmell, Sarah Abernathy, Dustin Nichols, Emma Anderson, Brynna Addleman, Gage Van Meter, Jenna Juenemann, Logan Koger, Melody Koerperich, Courtlyn Waterman, James Garner, Jack Mumm, KeLynn Jacobs, and Malia Bishop as extras.


 “Come see how a town can get turned on its head by a little music and dance,” said Ms. Haffner.  “This is sure to be a fun and rewarding musical for cast, crew, and audience.”


The musical will be performed November 9 and 10 in the DCHS auditorium.

This year's musical is "All Shook Up"

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