"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
ALL SHOOK UP
at The Civic Theatre
Shakespeare and peel me like a banana!"
Bard has had a hand in many a musical comedy – West
Side Story, Two Gents, Kiss Me Kate, Your Own Thing, and my
favourite, Return to the Forbidden Planet – but this is his
joyous juke-box show [with said juke-box prominent on the porch stage
right] which takes plot elements from the plays, and songs from The
King's back catalogue, and puts them all through a bobby-sox blender.
much original, then, with nods to Grease, Footloose and the rest, but
very impressively done by Springers – their chorus work excellent,
their choreography [Mel Smart] neat and nimble, even if we might have
wished for more raunchy rock'n'roll, their costumes spot on. It opens
in the jailhouse: a visually stunning sequence against the stylised
set. Equally strong was the Act One finale, with all the love-struck
leads singing Can't Help Falling In Love With You.
very accomplished cast, too, though some of them had only cyphers to
work with. Ian Pavelin stood out as roustabout and mischief-maker
Chad; his tongue-in-cheek teddy-bear Lothario was warmly
characterized and very watchable. Honours too to Alison Gosling as
the cross-dressing grease monkey, Jon Newman as the geeky side-kick
Dennis [his There's Always Me tellingly delivered, with great
instrumental support from the pit] and Colin Shoard as Jim, trying to
release his inner teenager.
Shook Up was directed by Drew Shepherd, with Ian Myers as Musical