Parkway Playhouse Set to Rock, Elvis-Style!

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Elvis lives! Parkway Playhouse’s energetic new musical All Shook Up, is a fun and funny homage to the “King of Rock-n-Roll”. With 25 songs made famous by Elvis Presley, a cast of 25 local actors, singers, and dancers take us back to small-town America, circa Performances of All Shook Up begin on July 25 at 7:30pm. That performance is followed by an opening night celebration with the cast and crew. Ticket holders for that special performance are invited to join in the fun.

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All Shook Up runs through August 8, with performances at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00pm shows on Sunday afternoons. There is a post-show question and answer session with members of the cast and creative team following every Sunday performance.

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“Elvis Presley’s music is timeless, fun, and uplifting. This is a show that weaves Elvis’ most famous songs into a hilarious story of mistaken identity, thwarted romance, and surprising transformations” commented Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director Andrew Gall. “We put this show into our season because of the famous music and the opportunities for so many talented singers from our region to perform those songs. The play is reminiscent of Elvis’ movies from ” The name “Elvis” is now synonymous with wholesome ‘50s Americana coupled with teenage rebellion. Even in 2015, it’s hard to go a day without running into his presence. From wall clocks to T-shirts, his image can be found everywhere. Even posthumously, Presley continues to win over the world with his extraordinary combination of charisma, talent, and heart.

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In All Shook Up, that winning charismatic combo belongs to a character named Chad (played by ETSU Student Robby Taylor), an Elvis-inspired character who, is a guitar-playing, motorcycle- driving roustabout who shows up in a small town and turns things upside down. When Natalie (Parkway Playhouse veteran, Myra McCoury), a lonely small-town girl, who happens to be an ace-mechanic, falls for the Presley-esque Chad, she disguises herself as a man in order to get closer to him, leading to hilarity, confusion, and love—all to the beat of rock ‘n’ roll.

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The cast of All Shook Up also features Western North Carolina performers Roberta Whiteside, Mary Katherine Smith-Gall, Kristen Livengood, Julia Miller, Will Storrs, Bobby Abrahamson, Rob Storrs and a large ensemble of singers and dancers. The production features choreography by Amanda Pisano.

Come see All Shook Up at Parkway Playhouse July 25th-August 8th!

CLICK HERE to buy tickets now!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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