Birr Stage Guild are 'All Shook Up'

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Following on from their hugely successful production of “Joey Telescope” and “The Producers”, Birr Stage Guild are treading the boards once again with their production of the highly acclaimed musical 'All Shook Up'. This show promises to have you singing along to your favourite hits and dancing in the aisles. The performance is running in the Marian Hall, Birr on Thursday January 31, Friday Febraury 1 and Saturday February 2.

All Shook Up was built around two dozen songs which were made famous by Elvis Presley. Librettist Joe DiPietro’s exuberant jukebox musical merges the songs of Elvis into a narrative that is part camp and part romantic farce. The funny tale of mismatched lovers incorporates classics that range from sweet romantic ballads such as ‘Love Me Tender’, to the rocking ‘Devil in Disguise’, not to mention the hip-swivelling title tune ‘All Shook Up’.

The musical takes place in Midwest America in 1955, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll.

Local-man David Sheils plays the lead role Chad, a hip-swivelling, guitar playing rebel. “Learning the dance routines was probably most difficult for us all, as there were many fast changes involved, but we're delighted with what we've achieved and we're certain we'll put on a fantastic show.”

Chad’s love interest is played by Sarahgene Loughnane. Fresh from playing the ‘Mother’ in Joey Telescope, Sarahgene dons her dancing shoes as she yearns for her one true love to sweep her off her feet. “Playing Natalie has been great fun, she is a lady who dreams of love and adventure, the eternal optimist! I’m delighted to be on stage again with Birr Stage Guild. Our chorographer, Aideen Lacey is definitely keeping us on our toes!”

The show features lots of new and familiar faces too with Barbara Hanamy playing the part of Sylvia and Heather Colohan playing the part of the formidable Mayor Matilda. Patrick Byrne is playing Jim Haller and Robyn Luttrell playing Lorraine.

Chairperson Adrian Sheils said “we are excited about staging All Shook Up. This show is a very different style show to our musical last year and Birr Stage Guild is delighted to be able to offer such variety. The contrast in style between this year’s and last year’s production, highlights the fantastic diversity of talent in Birr and its surrounds.”

Having entertained audiences everywhere from New York to London, All Shook Up is guaranteed to having you jiving in your seats. An evening's entertainment not to be missed.

Tickets are available to purchase from Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, online at www.birrtheatre.com (please collect tickets at the theatre during box-office hours before the performance) or at the box-office at (057) 9122911 (Monday-Friday: 1pm – 5pm)

The show opens with Chad, a hip-swiveling, guitar-playing roustabout, being released from prison. The warden doesn’t appreciate a guy like Chad riding into town, playing his music and exciting the local women. In a nearby dreary little town, Natalie, a young mechanic, is dreaming of love and adventure. She yearns for one true love to take her away, but she doesn’t realise that her best friend Dennis has a secret crush on her. The little town is interrupted by the roar of a motorcycle: it is Chad, the most gorgeous man any of the women in this town have ever seen! Chad needs a mechanic and he is introduced to Natalie, who is instantly smitten and promises to fix his bike, wanting to hold him in her arms. Chad asks if there is any excitement in the town, but he is soon told that excitement is outlawed under the Mayor’s strict rules: no tight pants, no public kissing, and worst of all, No Loud Music! Chad, incensed, promises to breathe some life into this sad, little town. He touches a broken-down old jukebox and it immediately comes to life...

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