Audience Just Can’T Help Falling In Love With Musical

High school students stage lively rendition of Elvis Presley tunes


Even the backup dancers and singers threw themselves into their roles during the high school drama department’s three showings of the musical “All Shook Up.”

Even the backup dancers and singers threw themselves into their roles during the high school drama department’s three showings of the musical “All Shook Up.” Photo by Pete Aleshire. |

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This weekend the Payson High School thespians donned their blue suede shoes, tuned up their wireless mics, and did it their way for three rousing performances of the musical, “All Shook Up.”

Students entertained laughing audiences three nights running with a live band in the pit below the stage, intricately choreographed dance moves and belted-out songs based on Elvis Presley’s music.

The audience laughed at clever lines such as Miss Sandra (played by Lyndsay Popke) saying, “This town makes me miss Gisela, Arizona,” or Sylvia (played by Sierra Royer), asserting, “Jim, when I wake up in the morning without a man by my side it’s gonna be a good day.”

Dennis (played by Cody Schuler) kept the audience in stitches with his comedic timing. The leads, Natalie (played by Shelby Stuart) and Chad (played by Josh Leonard) had a complicated relationship, including a cross gender dress up and an inconclusive ending.

Still, three couples came to the altar at the end of the production, making for a happy ending.

At the end of opening night, director Thomas Walling felt proud of his troupe, but frustrated that the production suffered multiple technical difficulties.

“The mics worked perfectly all week, then we had all these problems tonight,” said Walling. “I figure it was the cell phone frequencies that caused the feedback and cutting out of the mics.”

Walling said even professional productions have begun requesting the audience shut off their cell phones because the new G4 frequencies wreak havoc.

After the director appealed to the audience on the next two nights to turn off their cell phones, the technical difficulties disappeared and the audience packed the auditorium.

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