July 12, 13, 14 and 18, 19, 20, 2019

All Shook Up

ALL SHOOK UP Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY ® Book by JOE DIPIETRO Originally Produced on Broadway by Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Kukoff, Clear Channel Entertainment, Harbor Entertainment, Miramax Films, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Stanley Buchthal, Eric Falkenstein, Nina Essman/Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Jean Cheever, Margaret Cotter, in association with Barney Rosenzweig, Meri Krassner, FGRW Investments, Karen Jason, Phil Ciasullo Conard. Originally produced for Goodspeed Musicals, Michael P. Price, Executive Producer, Sue Frost, Associate Producer


Directed by Karla Wilhelm and Ginny Racette



All Shook Up is a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in Middle America, where one girl’s dream of adventure and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll. Among the twenty four songs featured in the score are classics like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and, of course, “All Shook Up.”  See Character Descriptions below.


Meet the Directors:


GINNY RACETTE (CO-DIRECTOR) has been directing plays and musicals locally for almost forty years. She directed and performed in community theatre in the 1990’s, then took a hiatus to concentrate on her role as director of plays and musicals at Riverton High School. Upon retirement from teaching, she realized she wasn't ready to retire from theatre! Since then she has co-directed STC’s production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and assistant directed for Crimes of the Heart. She also assistant directed HCFTA’s production of A Little Night Music. Ginny co-directed High School Musical at TIP and is looking forward to co-directing All Shook Up with this awesome team again this summer!


KARLA WILHELM (CO-DIRECTOR) Karla began directing in high school at a tiny outdoor theatre in southern Illinois.  Moving on with a musical theatre emphasis at Millikin University, she took a hiatus from theatre until she had the opportunity to direct the All City District 186 production of  Les Miserables at Springfield High School followed by Real to Reel: Where Broadway Meets the Big Scree, and Cinderella.  Then she and her team rocked the TIP stage with Camp Rock, Footloose, Grease and High School Musical.  We are so excited SHAKE things up at TIP this summer!



Thanks to all who came out to audition!





CHAD – Colton Mitchell

NATALIE/ED – Kynzie Ashbaugh

DENNIS – Matthew LaMarca

SYLVIA – Sherri Mitchell

JIM – Rich Kuschel

LORRAINE – Regina Ivy

DEAN – Elijah Sadler

MISS SANDRA – Donna Hansen





Meredith Crifasi

Becca Rhodes

Claire Carter

Kennedi Branson

Ruthie Kinion

Reese Woodrum

Jocelyn Bradshaw

Alexandria Tholen

Madalynn Kraus

Laura Maruna

Marcus Blair

Justin Brandon

Jake Morgan

Justin Burge


Character Descriptions:

Female Roles


Natalie Haller (alto) is a young woman and excellent mechanic who is much more at home in greasy overalls than a dress.  She lives with her father, Jim, and helps him run his gas station.  She dreams of adventure and falling in love with a special guy.


Miss Sandra (alto) is the beautiful, intellectual curator of the town museum.  Although she becomes the love interest of more than one male character, Miss Sandra wants a man with substance.


Sylvia (mezzo-soprano/alto) is the owner of Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk, a night club/bar where locals gather.  She is a no-nonsense, tough middle-aged woman with a heart of gold.


Lorraine (alto) is the smart, enthusiastic teenage daughter of Sylvia. She is also looking for young love.


Mayor Matilda Hyde (alto) is the town’s very conservative mayor who has recently passed the “Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act” banning music, tight pants, and necking.


Male Roles


Chad (baritone) is a young rebel in the James Dean, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley mold – a great looking, motorcycling, leather jacketed roustabout who arrives in this conservative town and proceeds to shake things up!


Dennis (tenor) is an awkward, sensitive, and intellectual young man who is secretly in love with Natalie even though she only sees him as a friend.


Jim Haller (baritone) is Natalie’s widowed father who owns the town gas station. He is middle-aged and quite lonely. He and Sylvia have been friends for twenty years.


Dean Hyde (tenor) is Mayor Matilda’s teenage son.  He has spent his youth at military boarding schools, and he has never disobeyed his mother – until he meets Lorraine!


Sheriff Earl (baritone) is the town sheriff who rarely speaks, but follows the Mayor wherever she goes and enforces the laws she imposes on the town.




The Ensemble (a mixture of males and females) will play an assortment of singing/dancing roles in the show. The inmates, barflies, statues, devilettes, angels, townspeople, etc. will all be cast from the ensemble, as well as a few speaking roles. Members of the Ensemble perform in 15 of the musical numbers.