Coon Rapids shakes things up for spring musical

It’s the mid ‘50s and there’s no dancing, no loud music and no interracial dating allowed in a small midwestern town. But when a young, motorcycle riding roustabout arrives and shakes things up, lives in that small town take a dramatic turn.

Coon Rapids High School Theatre presents “All Shook Up” opening May 1.

Coon Rapids High School Theatre presents “All Shook Up” opening May 1.Image submitted

The plot for Coon Rapids High School’s rendition of “All Shook Up” is loosely (very loosely) based on Shakespeare’s “12th Night” and includes twists of mistaken identity and falling in love with “the wrong person,” said director Karla Haij.

Inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley, “All Shook Up” takes the stage at the high school 7 p.m. May 1 (ASL interpreted), 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 and 2 p.m. May 10.

“From beginning to end the musical is tremendously fun and highly entertaining,” said Haij. “If someone is looking for meaningful dialogue and life lessons, they won’t find it in ‘All Shook Up’ – it is pure entertainment for the sake of entertainment.”

The 40-member cast is as ethically diverse as the high school’s student population, Haij said, adding that there are many new faces in the cast of “All Shook Up.”

Tickets for the musical ($8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors) can be purchased online atanoka.k12.mn.us/crhstheatre or by calling  763-506-7302. Tickets are also available at the door.

Coon Rapids High School is located at 2340 Northdale Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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