All Shook Up – Transition Year Musical 2017

They took us from Heartbreak Hotel to Burning Love, threw in some Jailhouse Rock, put on some Blue Suede Shoes and generally got All Shook Up.  For three nights at the end of January, our Transition year class of 2016-2017 put on a fabulous musical that definitely had A Little Less Conversation and A Little More Action.

An image from Jailhouse Rock

Dancing to the Jailhouse Rock

They told the story of Chad (Milena Naujalyte) who arrived on his motorcycle in a simple 1950’s American town, where the local Mayor, Matilda Hyde (Holly Keating) was enforcing a law banning loud music, dancing and public ‘Necking’.  Chad took it upon himself to show these people how to have a good time.

A scene from Roustabout

The Roustabout Chad rides into town.

Mayor Hyde laying down the law to Chad.

Mayor Hyde laying down the law to Chad.



Natalie, the local mechanic (Renee Campbell-Byrne) quickly fell for this Roustabout, to the envy of Dennis (Erin Kiernan) who himself was besotted with Natalie.  But no matter what Natalie did, she couldn’t get Chad to notice her.

Natalie, the mechanic.

Natalie: Why wear a dress when you can use it to clean an engine?

Dennis, playing his guitar

Dennis: It hurts me the way he treats you, the way that he does.













All the townspeople started losing the run of themselves and falling in love with Chad in town.  The Mayor’s own son, Dean (Amber Roche) even fell for Honky-Tonk reared Lorraine (Rachel Barron) and flunked the army to be with her.  Meanwhile, the museum curator Sandra (Georgia Spooner) was attracting much male attention from Chad and Jim (Catriona Comerford), but she herself was more in love with another man.

Dean and Lorraine

It’s Now or Never for Lorraine and Dean

Chad swoons over Sandra

Sandra: Sooner or later you’re gonna Let Yourself Go.








The only woman who seemed to stay sane was motherly Sylvia (Anya O’Brien) who tried to dole out advice in all this craziness.  But even she couldn’t stop Sheriff Earl (Caitlyn Rogers) falling for Mayor Hyde, nor even herself falling for loveable Jim, having known him for 20 years.

Sylvia: For a little company, There's Always Me

Sylvia: For a little company, There’s Always Me

Jim Holler

Jim: Since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell…

Sheriff Earl: Matilda, in one moment I'm gonna kiss you and I'm gonna kiss you hard.

Sheriff Earl: Matilda, in one moment I’m gonna kiss you and I’m gonna kiss you hard.













The transition years put on a stunning display of dancing, captivating singing and humorous drama delivery that kept the crowd enthralled each night.  And would Elvis himself have been proud of their sublime show?

In the words of The King; “Uh-huh!”