Sajewich as Chad and Katie Postotnik as Natalie in the
musical “All Shook Up.”
- People continue to be fascinated by the ‘50s - its music, its
fashions, its post-war feelings. I’m sure that Elvis may have
had something to do with it.
took advantage of that fact when he wrote “All Shook Up,”
featuring the music of this pop giant. Some of his many hits are
included in the show, along with a character that resembled his
persona and lifestyle.
Midwestern town, dying from boredom, is aroused from its lethargy
by the arrival of an ex-con who explodes into the residents’
sleepy midst on a motorcycle.
mechanic Natalie, who is longing for a different life, the new and
sexy stranger Chad needs someone to fix his motorcycle.
attraction. But it’s a bit one-sided, unfortunately for Natalie.
Natalie has a
nerdy friend Dennis who is in love with her, but she doesn’t
know it and he’s a tad inept at showing it. So when Chad asks
him to be his sidekick, he is flattered by the attention.
A few other
parallel examples of unrequited love also figure into the story.
Chad falls for
new-arrival Sandra, who runs the art museum, and Natalie’s
widowed father, Jim, falls for her as well.
daughter Lorraine is smitten by Dean, an Army cadet, whose mother,
Matilda, is trying to force him to return to the academy to
protect him from temptation.
jukebox cafŽ is the gathering place in town. Sylvia, a tough
babe, has some of the funniest lines in the show, a sort of
bitterly wry humor.
decision to pretend to be a man so she can get closer to Chad and
replace Dennis as his sidekick echoes the mistaken identity trick
of Viola in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It’s totally
unbelievable but amusing, especially when Sandra.
Amid all the
mix-ups and unlikely alliances, some happy pairings emerge, but
not necessarily the ones we expected.
The bulk of
the entertainment, however, comes from hearing many of
well-executed versions of Elvis’ hits and watching the lively
the cast are many: David Sajewich parodied Elvis convincingly;
Bianca Horn was fittingly gritty and delivered a soulful solo in
“There’s Always Me”; and Katie Postotnik was marvelously
spunky and sang a couple charming duets with Chad - “Love Me
Tender” and “Follow That Dream.”
got many a laugh with his earnest portrayal of Dennis and Megan
Thomas as Matilda was a powerful force for “good” as she
surprised us all in his new role as Earl. (We’re used to seeing
him leading the Fireside band.) His sudden explosion
at the end was quite amusing.
outstanding numbers were “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Heartbreak
Hotel” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
All in all,
the music, choreography and acting combined for several hours of
Up” The musical continues through June 7 at the Fireside Dinner
Theatre, 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson. Call 800-477-9505 or