Elvis returns to the building



The Pendleton Players fall production of the Broadway musical All Shook Up is set for this weekend, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 12, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Loran G. Skinner Auditorium at the high school.

The show is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley.

The story is basically how a guitar-playing roustabout rides into a square little town in a square little state and changes everything and everyone he meets with his hip-swiveling, lip-curling singing.

This musical fantasy will have you jumping’ out of your blue suede shoes and putting’ on your black leather jackets with classics such as Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t Be Cruel, Burnin’ Love, Fools Fall In Love, Devil in Disguise and 25 others.

The show is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with a twisted love story at the center.

The guitar playin’ roustabout, Chad, is played by Daniel Schlabach, and his female love interest in the show is Natalie, played by

Neleh Thompson.

Her father, Jim, who owns the local garage is played by Nathan Ferryman, who falls in love with the owner of the Honky-Tonk, Sylvia, played by Alayssia Franklin.

The story is also complicated with other love relationships such as the museum director Sandra, played by Raya Conway, and Dennis, played by Parys Loomis.

Jackson Sutton plays Dean, the son of the conservative Mayor, who falls in love with the daughter of the Honky-Tonk, Lorraine, played by Raegan Brown.

His mother is totally against him marrying below his social class and wants to send him to military school. Rounding out the principal cast are conservative Mayor Matilda, played by Izzy Barnes, and representing law enforcement in the town, Sheriff Earl, played by Connor Sallee and Zephram Ellegood as the Warden.

Others featured in the show include: Claire Carpenter, Sadee Maves, Mia Cruse, Kaylee Cunningham, Ashley Gilmet, Cathryn Roberts, Adrienne Anderson, Kate Cunningham, Graycen DeVault, Ashlynne Owens and Mallory Webster as vocal soloists and backups.

Dawson Perrel, Eddie Lyst, Max Schaefer, Alex Long, Hendrix Garard, Gavin Giambrone, Evan McKinney, Eric Ohm and Logan Romine not only double in the town ensemble, but can be seen in the Jailhouse Rock number, which will bring down the house.

Providing wonderful support in the numerous musical numbers is the town ensemble which includes: Conner Barrett, Adrian Bastin, Lily Clifford, Alexis Cottrell, Katilyn Cowan, Alejandro Florea, Anthony Gillam Garcia, Micha Lewis, Macey Parker, Morgan Prophet, Tracelyn Reynolds, Logan, Lily Thomas, Ari Rodriguez-Valls, Helena Vikemyr and Piper Yeary.

Once again, I will serve as the artistic and technical director, with Jim McGee bringing his talents as the music director.

The Technical Theatre Class students have been working diligently to create a wonderful set for this delightful throwback to the 1950s.

The backstage crew is also comprised of Pendleton Heights students and includes: Stage Manager — Maddie Roots; Assistant Stage Manager — Marianna Evans; Fly Rail Manager — Parker Brown; Sound — Emily Hall and Gavin Sumski; Lighting — Isabelle Martin; Projection Operator — Lachlan Brown; Spotlights — Abby Hall, Samantha Eytchison and Leighton Hovermale; Costume Assistance — Andrea Berger and Gracie Shields; Grips — Aiden Powers, Isaac Conley and Memphis McConnell; and Video Team — Sara Wilson and Trysten Freehill.

If you like Elvis you won’t want to miss the great production of music and crazy, yet delightfully funny script.

Come celebrate the talents of these wonderful students. We guarantee you will be singing along to those famous Elvis songs!

Tickets are available at the door or in advance online at www.phhsperformingarts.com and click tickets. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students 18 and younger and people 65 and older.

Online ticketing closes two hours before showtime, but tickets are always available at the door. Anyone needing wheelchair seating should contact the Auditorium office at 765-778-2161 extension 6088 to order those or there will be availability for wheelchair seating at the door while still available.

Jacqueline Brown is director Pendleton Players, and of Loran G. Skinner Auditorium and Technical Theatre at Pendleton Heights High School.

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