Elvis was most certainly in the building last Friday and Saturday nights as Longridge Towers Senior School played to sell-out audiences at The Maltings.
Based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, ‘All Shook Up’ moves the action to 1950s small town America, where young female mechanic Natalie yearns to meet the man of her dreams.
There seems little hope of this happening given the local mayor’s prohibition of dancing, public affection and – most troublingly of all – tight trousers.
When leather-clad, Elvis-esque self-styled roustabout Chad rolls into town on his motorbike, a whole lotta shakin’ starts going on – and confusion too. In an attempt to get closer to Chad, Natalie reinvents herself as Ed. Cue a whole series of farcically mismatched love affairs.
The cast members radiated confidence from their first appearance on stage, and the whole production was very slick. This was especially impressive given that the technical crew was comprised of pupils too, led by stage manager Kelly Phillips.
Leading man Chad was portrayed with dazzle and swagger by Callum O’Reilly, who was ably matched by Lucy Turner, who played both Natalie and her alter-ego Ed with style.
Lively and engaged audiences were seen leaving visibly All Shook Up. Ah huh huh!