Shenfield Operatic Society to perform Elvis and Shakespeare-inspired All Shook Up
PUBLISHED: 14:16 14 January 2019
Shenfield Operatic Society
What do you get when you combine the music of Elvis Presley and one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays?
All Shook Up that’s what.
The Shenfield Operatic Society (SOS) will be performing the production, inspired by the plot of Twelfth Night, at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, at the end of the month.
Artistic Director David Street, who is returning to work with SOS for a fourth time, said: “This is a great fun show to be involved in.
“SOS are a friendly bunch of people of all ages, walks of life and abilities.
“Why not come along and get involved and get ‘all shook up’ by joining the cast for this production!
“The show will certainly have people leaving the theatre with a song (or two) in their head, a smile on their face and more than just a ripped ticket stub in their pocket!”
The show is set in 1955 in a small town where the Decency Act has banned loud music, public necking and tight trousers.
Suddenly, the sound of a motorcycle cuts through the air and Chad, a leather-jacketed, hip-swivelling, guitar-playing stranger, comes riding into town.
He brings with him a sound as yet unknown to the townsfolk: the music that is rock ‘n’ roll.
He electrifies a broken-down jukebox with his bare hands, infecting everyone with the rebellious spirit of his music and helping the townsfolk discover the magic of romance and possibility.
All Shook Up follows the tale of a town brought to life with rock ‘n’ roll, blues, rockabilly and gospel songs made famous by the one and only Elvis Presley.
Musical director Ben Summers said: “With a plot inspired by Shakespeare and well-known Elvis songs, this show has something for everyone; throw in some comedy and high energy dances, all accompanied by a ten-piece band and this is a show not to miss.
“Full of larger than life characters of all ages, All Shook Up is bound to be a great show to be involved with or to watch.”
Throughout the rehearsals and the performances of the show, SOS will be highlighting the good work of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and raising money for the worthwhile cause.
The society has already made a £125 and wishes to encourage others to do the same.
All Shook Up will be performed from Wednesday, January 30, to Saturday, February 2.