All Shook Up

Date 10th September 2015
Society Airdrie & Coatbridge Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
Type of Production Musical
Director Thomas Gemmell
Musical Director Ross Angus
Choreographer Lisa Kennedy

Report

Author: David Black

Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and featuring numerous well known hits by Elvis Presley, this energetic Jukebox musical provided many love twists and was a complete contrast for the company from their last production, Calamity Jane.  Craig Smith provided a faultless performance as the hip-swivelling, guitar-playing roustabout Chad, who when he rolled into town in search of a mechanic, meets Natalie.  Instantly smitten to win his attention Natalie, effortlessly played by Katie Allan, donned the guise of ‘Ed’ who he immediately makes his sidekick and, on revealing her true identity, wins his heart.  These roles were extremely demanding and both were very well partnered.  Susan Campbell brilliantly characterised Mayor Matilda responsible for passing laws to ban ‘excitement’ and Laura Shepherd provided an impressive performance as Miss Sandra with other great performances provided by Ross Baxter as Dennis, Eddie Gouther as Jim Haller, Linda Gouther as Sylvia , Eilish Brand as Lorraine, Steve Struthers as Dean and Grant Johnston as the Town Sheriff.  Choreography was slick and solos, ensembles and choral work was of a high standard throughout with impressive harmonies provided by the entire company including a moving arrangement of ‘Can’t help falling in Love’.  The production maintained a good steady pace throughout and it was clear that ACAOS had put a lot of hard work into this thoroughly enjoyable production.  Well done!