Iowa Central Announces Upcoming Musical: All Shook Up

    by Teresa Jackson
    Posted on 1/13/2014


The Performing Arts Department of Iowa Central recently held auditions for the one event which incorporates all the elements of the department—theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental music—their Spring Musical. This year finds the team heading up an exciting show which opened on Broadway in 2005: All Shook Up. Since then, the script has undergone revisions to make it more accessible to regional theatre, colleges and high schools across the country. The story line is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, and creatively weaves the music of Elvis into a fun-filled, feel-good, falling-in-love kind of show. The iconic tunes—from Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel and Can’t Help Falling in Love—will transport many down memory lane.

The show’s setting spans a mere 24 hour period in the summer of 1955, in a small you-never-heard-of-it town somewhere in the Midwest. The musical is packed with amazing dance sequences, absolutely lovely ballads and comic entanglements—just the right combination to survive an Iowa winter.

One of the most delightful elements of the show is the weaving of numerous love triangles which occur with almost every character onstage. Love is, of course, a universal theme and when combined with the lyrics of an Elvis tune, well, the comedy becomes tongue-in-cheek and poignant at the same time.

As always, the talented Iowa Central students will be carefully guided by Iowa Central’s directors, and together, they consistently wow our community’s audiences. We expect this year to be no exception. The cast includes many returning sophomores and several talented newcomers to the college this year.

All Shook Up Cast List

Chad: Jacob Bennett
A great-looking, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout.

Natalie Haller: Tara Jackson
A young woman and excellent mechanic. Much more at home in greasy overalls than a dress.

Jim Haller: Eddie Shimkat
Natalie’s widowed father. Middle-aged and messy, he still longs for his wife.

Sylvia: Anna Wulfekuhler
The no-nonsense, single mother who owns Sylvia’s Honky Tonk.

Lorraine: Emily Garst
Sylvia’s spirited teenage daughter. Pretty, smart and a total romantic.

Dennis: Dakota Demery
An awkward young man. Aspires to be a dentist.

Miss Sandra: Jade Green
The beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum.

Mayor Matilda Hyde: Courtney Skeens
The town’s very conservative mayor.

Dean Hyde: Nolan Mitchell
Matilda’s teenage son. He has spent his youth at military boarding schools and he has never disobeyed his mother.  

Sheriff Earl: Daniel Peet
The law in town and a man of not many words. He loyally follows the Mayor wherever she goes.

Core Ensemble:
Samantha Lennon
Travis Ness
Daisy Nottleman
Adam Haukap
Melanie Philavanh
Khari Brown
Chelsea Egger
Sebastian Jansen

Backstage Singers:
Jacob Amhof
Megan Lowe
Dynastacius Collins
Alyssa Nagel
Alarick Seuferer
Erin Anderson
Haylee Oswald

Techies/Townspeople:
Chris Pilling
Jacob Deuel
Alex Sudbrock
Josh Barkley
Kelso Breitsprecher
Nick Dosland

Statue Ensemble:
Danyelle Myers
Miranda Simpson
Lois Guthrie-McCoy

Mark your calendars for the production dates: March 5-8—and plan to support the talent in our midst!