St. Francis students channel Elvis in ‘All Shook Up’

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

St. Francis High School presents “All Shook Up” April 27-30 in the St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center, 3325 Bridge St. NW, St. Francis.

Senior Jordan Engen and junior Emma DeRoo-Arndt play Chad and Natalie in St. Francis High School’s upcoming production of “All Shook Up.” Photo courtesy of Jolie Morehouse Olson
Senior Jordan Engen and junior Emma DeRoo-Arndt play Chad and Natalie in St. Francis High School’s upcoming production of “All Shook Up.” Photo courtesy of Jolie Morehouse Olson

The play is based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” but it’s set in 1955 and features dozens of the Elvis Presley’s biggest hits – “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and many more.

Multiple love triangles, a girl disguised as a boy and other plot points are borrowed from the Bard.

The show has its fair share of heartache, but ends happily.

Expect contagious song and dance.

“These young actors have had fun delving into the music of Elvis, and our choreographer, Angie Hefner, has done a great job of creating movement that is an homage to those classic Elvis movies (and moves),” director Glenn Morehouse Olson said.

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. April 27, 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. for a final performance April 30.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and can be purchased at www.seatyourself.biz/stfrancishs.

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