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Central students to present 'hip-swiveling' musical

Elvis-inspired 'All Shook Up' is scheduled to run April 24-27

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Ridgeview Junior High School student Carli Werner, one of the dancers, gives Chad, (played by Pickerington High School Central student Jacob Henry) a kiss on the cheek as they perform Jailhouse Rock during rehearsal for All Shook Up Monday, April 14.

The songs of the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" will be featured in a "juke-box musical" to be performed by the Pickerington High School Central Theatre Department April 24-27.

This year, first-year Central Theater Director Jenna Petardi sought an energetic production that would showcase her school's singing and dancing talents, as well as appeal to people of all ages.

She thinks she found one in All Shook Up, which will open at 8 p.m. April 24 in the Central Performing Arts Center, 300 Opportunity Way.

"It's a hip-swiveling musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley," Petardi said. "It's so fun.

"It has 25 of his greatest hits. Elvis music is so universal."

Petardi said she absorbed Elvis at a young age thanks to her mother, who frequently played his music at their home.

But, whereas All Shook Up features Presley's music, it is not a biopic.

Rather, the story of the musical comes from a book written by Joe DiPietro, who based his plot on William Shakespeare's 12 Nights.

"The story is all new, and the hits are all Elvis," Petardi said.

"If you're looking for an enjoyable, energetic night of theater, you don't want to miss Central's production of All Shook Up with these amazing kids."

In addition to the April 24 show at 8 p.m., Central's Theatre Department will perform the musical at 8 p.m. April 25 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 26. All performances will be in the Performing Arts center at PHS Central.

The April 27 show time has been changed to 4 p.m. (from the original start time of 3 p.m.).

Petardi said the show's set was created by scenic designer, Eric Womack, and Angie Smith and Courtney Boggs of Passe Dance Center in Pickerington are the choreographers.

Additionally, Central Music Director Mike Sewell and Central Choir Director Heather Wilkins will lead an orchestra of approximately 20 students.

As for the cast, Petardi said it will feature some 40 Central students and there are about 15 students serving as stage crew.

"I wanted to do a musical that could feature dancing," Petardi said. "We have not done a musical at Central that featured dancing in quite a few years.

"So many talented students came out that I had to pick from to create this stellar cast."

Tickets for All Shook Up are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

They can be reserved by calling the Central Theatre Department at 614-833-3043, or they can be purchased at the door prior to each show.