Get "All Shook Up" at ACU's Homecoming Musical, Oct. 24-26

Posted September 22, 2008

All Shook UpACU's 51st annual Homecoming Musical, "All Shook Up," is set to rock the Abilene Civic Center during Abilene Christian University's Homecoming, Oct. 24-26.

Set in a square little town in the middle of a square decade, a guitar playin' roustabout changes everything and kick-starts a hip-hoppin', lip-curlin' musical fantasy that will have audiences jumpin' out of their blue suede shoes.

This year's musical combines all-time favorite Elvis hits such as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Burning Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Don't be Cruel."

"I think audiences will love 'All Shook Up,'" said Adam Hester, chair of the theater department at ACU. "When I saw it on Broadway, I thought, 'Here's a musical that's joyous, energetic, truly engaging and clever with a book that seems to flow so well in and out of every song.'"

Hester describes the cast as "first rate" and believes the show will grab the audience from the beginning. 

"The show grabs you from the first moment with the excitement of "Jailhouse Rock" and doesn't let go until the final number, "Burnin' Love." It's hard to leave the theatre without humming these great Elvis tunes. It will be a treat for the whole family."

Cast in the leads of "All Shook Up" are Jonathan Bragg, senior theatre major from Rowlett, Texas, as Chad, the character based on Elvis, Jenavene Hester, senior theatre major from Abilene, as Natalie and Jasmin Richardson, senior theatre major as Lorraine. These three appeared as the leads in last year's successful production of Aida. This year's show features more than 40 ACU theatre students.

Choreography is by Teri Wilkerson, vocal direction by Jeannette Lipford, technical direction by Gary Varner, costumes by Sandy Freeman and the orchestra is conducted by Steven Ward.

The musical will show Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Order by calling 325-674-2787. For more information, visit