Penn Yan getting 'All Shook Up'

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The cast of All Shook Up rehearses a scene from this weekend's musical production.

The Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Company presents “All Shook Up” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, and 9 in the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for children and seniors, and $10 for adults.

“All Shook Up” takes place on a day during the summer of 1955 in a small, you-never-heard-of-it town somewhere in the Midwest. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up tells the story of Natalie, a small town girl with big dreams (played by Càleigh Alterio) – from somewhere in the middle of a square state, in the middle of a square decade – and Chad, the motorcycle riding, hip-swiveling, guitar-playing roustabout (played by Dusty Baker) she falls for.

The other leading roles and performers playing them are: Jim Haller – Jason Riley; Sylvia – Jessica Kinsey; Lorraine – Abby Arnold; Dennis – Patrick Gulick; Miss Sandra – Abby Blauvelt; Mayor Matilda Hyde – Eileen Farrar; Dean Hyde – Nick Kinsey; and Sheriff Earl – Stan Weaver.

Singing as the Bar Flies, Angelettes, and Statues are Rachel Dillon, Hannah Gaston, Hannah Hotalling, and Leah Vanson.

The ensemble and other characters are played by (Adults) - Anita Gaston, Mildred España, Sandi Conklin, Grace Knapton, Bailey Findley, Evelynn Pinneo, Kristy Vanson, Dan Martens, Henry Leshure, Juan España, (Children) - Kaytlin Hamm, Paul Gaston, Alex Cox, Brennan Dailey, Mckelvie Jensen, Alexia Strong, Alexis Marble, Maddie Martini, and Ella Kinsey.

Directed by Becky Prine and music director Brian Cerow, All Shook Up is inspired by and features many of the songs of Elvis Presley in a lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Jailhouse Rock”, and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Shake It!

What: All Shook Up

Who: The Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Co.

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9

Where: Penn Yan Academy Auditorium

Tickets: $10 adults/$8 children & seniors