Shady Side Academy Middle School will present the winter musical All Shook Up for families and guests on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the Middle School cafetorium at 500 Squaw Run Road East in Fox Chapel. Admission is free.
Three preview performances for SSA Junior, Middle and Country Day School students will be held during the school day on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1.
The music of Elvis comes alive in All Shook Up. Inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, All Shook Up follows a small Midwestern town that is thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad, a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout, who rides from town to town with a guitar on his back, blue suede shoes on his feet, and a song in his heart. Repressed by their conservative mayor, the town begins to come alive once more under Chad's influence. Lovers meet, woo, pursue and more, all in one zany night that will change the town forever. All Shook Up is a rocking, heartwarming tale about following dreams, opening up to love, and the power of music.
More than 25 students in grades 6-8 are in the cast and crew of All Shook Up. The cast includes eighth grader Ben Rohr as Chad, eighth grader Elizabeth Kamin as Natalie, seventh grader Jack Engel as Dennis, eighth grader Anna Filchock as Sandra, eighth grader Chelsea Kaufmann as Lorraine, seventh grader Jack Bransome as Dean, seventh grader Kayla Zhu as Matilda, eighth grader David Glass as Earl, seventh grader Sadie Navid as Sylvia, sixth grader Tim Fire as the Warden, and seventh grader Eli Firman as the Bus Driver, plus 14 students in the ensemble.
Students on the crew include: seventh grader Leo Rickard on lighting; seventh grader Andrew Hoe and eighth grader Zach Kamenov on sound; Hoe on special effects; and Glass, eighth grader Grant Cummings and sixth grader Juliet Krokosky on properties.
The musical is directed by music teachers Jeff Gross and Randal Broker, and Gross is also the music director. Art teacher Leslie Bodnarchuk and eighth grader Elizabeth Kamin are the choreographers, art teacher Stefanie Vorrasi is the set designer, and social studies teacher Molly Braver is the costume designer.
Good luck to the entire cast and crew!