The Actors' Warehouse is getting 'All Shook Up'


“All Shook Up” features, from left, Howard Anderson as Dennis, and Isiah Blount as Chad, at The Actors' Warehouse.

Aida Mallard/Correspondent
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

The Actors' Warehouse 2013-2014 season is up and running, serving up an eclectic menu that is heavy on music and fun with plenty of romance in the mix.

Facts

'All Shook Up'

What: Romantic comedy featuring the music of Elvis Presley
When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27
Where: The Actors' Warehouse, 608 N. Main St.
Tickets: $15 general admission and $10 for students and groups, based on availability.
Info: 301-5823

Now playing is the jukebox musical comedy, “All Shook Up,” written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro and directed by Rhonda Wilson, founder and artistic director of The Actors' Warehouse.

Wilson said the music is all Elvis Presley and the story is set in a small racially divided town in the U.S in 1955, where Mayor Matilda, played by Whitney Jones, has banned fun, music, dancing and public displays of affection.

But then a leather-jacket wearing, guitar-playing, motorcycle-riding young man changes everything and everyone he meets in this “hip-swiveling, lip-curling fantasy” that will have the audience's feet tapping with a string of Elvis classics, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Don't Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender” and of course, “All Shook Up.”

The play begins at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 at The Actors' Warehouse, 608 N. Main St. Tickets, which are $15 general admission and $10 for students and groups, are available online at www.actorswarehouse.org and at the door.

“A young man comes into this little town and shakes things up,” said Wilson. “He changes everything and everyone he meets.”

The cast includes: Isiah Blount and Bradley Small, double cast as Chad; Alison Robbins as Natalie; Desiree Salter as Lorraine; Earlene Walker as Sylvia; Nathaniel Von Dolteren as Jim; Howard Anderson as Dennis; Elimar Cruz and Anquetta Carr as Sandra; Whitney Jones as Mayor Matilda, and Esian Hoffert as Dean.

The ensemble includes Jamaili Tyler, Kareena Wallace, Jasmine Fleming, Brandon Hall, Jacquez Crawford, Brittany Crawford and William Crawford.

The Actors' Warehouse 2013-2014 season kicked off last month with “TopDog/UnderDog,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks that was directed by Shontae Khaleel White of Gainesville and garnered rave reviews.

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