Musical Society members get rocking at “All Shook Up”
rehearsals sessions

Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society members have begun an intensive rehearsals schedule for their upcoming spring musical “All Shook Up”.

Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society members have begun an intensive rehearsals schedule for their upcoming spring musical “All Shook Up”.

The Academy for Performing Arts will resume for semester two of the Academy year on Thursday, January 19 at 5pm in the Strand Theatre.

This term’s production will be “The Wizard of Oz” and will be staged in May.

As always new members are welcome and to register either pop into the Strand Theatre or ring (051) 645050 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 11am and 1pm and between 2pm and 4pm or call in to the Academy on Thursdays between 5pm and 7pm.

Meanwhile, the story of “All Shock Up”, which will be staged at the Strand Theatre in March , is one of love, guitars, motorbikes, dreams, masquerades, and lots and lots of comedy.

This comic tale of romance and dreams is inspired by Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and is based around the songs of Elvis Presley and includes such classics as “Love Me Tender”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “One Night with You” and many, many more from the Presley classic songbook.

The show’s first act centres on Natalie (Louise Mulcahy), who pumps gas at her father’s filling station in a dreary small town and dreams of riding off on her motorbike to find the man who will change her life. When a mysterious stranger Chad (Michael Raggett) stops in town to get his bike fixed, Natalie is immediately smitten, and he infects everyone in Sylvia’s Honky Tonk bar with his rebellious music. Meanwhile, Natalie’s best friend and secret admirer Dennis (Ray Nolan) becomes his sidekick

Natalie sheds her garage overalls for a dress to attract Chad, but he falls instead for the beautiful curator of the town’s new museum of culture, Miss Sandra (Siobhan Grace). Miss Sandra, however, has no interest in such an uncultured man as Chad.

Natalie’s widower father, Jim (Seamus Power), however, is also smitten with Miss Sandra, and pursues her but later falls for an old friend. When Natalie realises that Chad is not remotely attracted to her, she devises a radical idea to get close to him.

Meanwhile, there is the sub plot of star crossed lovers Dean (James Dooley), the son of the town’s prim and proper Mayor Matilda Hyde (Jenny Hogan) and Lorraine (Nikki Ahearn), the daughter of Sylvia (Catherine Hogan), who owns Sylvia’s Honky Tonk bar. There will be more about the show’s plot next week.

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