Channeling Their Inner Elvis; GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company Presents All Shook Up
2013-06-26 · By Editor
GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company is shakin’ up summer with ALL SHOOK UP, featuring hit songs made famous by Elvis Presley and a book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), opening July 6th at the University Theater at CSULB.
ALL SHOOK UP is a musical comedy about a sleepy Midwestern town that gets shaken up by the arrival of a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger. It combines the toe-tappin’ tunes of the “King” and a plot reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to tell a story about the magic of romance and the power of rock ‘n’ roll. The play includes star-crossed lovers, mistaken identities and fresh takes on your favorite Elvis tunes including “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog”, and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. This jukebox musical will have the whole family jumping out of their blue suede shoes!
“This is the perfect show to bring the family to this summer,” says Elaine Zofrea, director. “It is not your standard romantic comedy. The story is funny and sweet and includes one surprise after another. It has amazing dance numbers, beautiful sets and costumes to take you back to 1955. The music is so fun you’ll find yourself humming these great adaptations of Elvis’ hits long after the show is over.”
Forty-seven young performers, ages 8-18, representing 25 schools from 7 school districts, featuring Jisel Ayon and Melissa Musial sharing the role of Natalie and Garrett Engle as the roustabout Chad. The show is directed by GO-FAME’s Artistic Director, Elaine Zofrea, with musical direction by Drake York and choreography by Gina Mendes and Rachel McVay.
Show times are Saturdays, July 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sundays, July 7 & 14 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Premium/Reserved seats and $12 for General Admission. Purchase tickets online at www.GO-FAME.org or at the auditorium box office 45 minutes prior to show time. Group rates are available for school groups and youth organizations. Please contact Kathy McGuire at kmcguire@GO-FAME.org for details. The University Theater at CSULB is located on the southeast end of the campus at the intersection of 7th Street and East Campus Drive. Event parking is $5 per vehicle. The show is approximately 100 minutes long with one intermission. Out of respect for our youth performers, we request no babes in arms in the theater. Regardless of age, every guest must have a ticket and be able to sit quietly through the performance. For more information, visit www.GO-FAME.org .
GO-FAME, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatrical producing and training program for ages 8-18, has a 5,000 square foot studio in the Long Beach Towne Center. Its goal is to work with the area’s diverse youth population and bring them together through this collaborative art form. They provide a safe place for budding artists to develop their skills and nurture future patrons of the arts. Students at GO-FAME learn the confidence, camaraderie and focus necessary for theatre and beyond. The staff includes professional artists in theatre and entertainment.