Behind the scenes of Longford's 'All Shook Up'

Behind the scenes of Longford's 'All Shook Up'

With the opening night of the annual St Mel’s Musical Society production taking place this evening (March 31), the cast and crew of ‘All Shook Up’ are getting excited for showtime.

And for the past number of months, thanks to rehearsals and preparation, Chairperson of the society Michelle Kelly Conlon can’t get the Elvis songs out of her head.

“I’ve loved Elvis since I was a child. My neighbour had Elvis albums and I’d sit outside the house listening to them. I just loved him,” she said.

“And so, preparing at every rehearsal, it’s just a joy to sing the songs. And Emer O’Brien, the choreographer, has put in fantastic work. It’s a very lively upbeat musical.”

This year, the cast features a lot of young people, which according to Michelle is brilliant to see.

“We have a lovely mixture of experienced cast and also new young members. It’s great to have young people in the musical because I find musicals and theatre are a great outlet growing up.

“I’ve been on the stage since I was twenty-something. It has given me that confidence to take the position of Chairperson. And having young people in the musical is great for the youth of the community because they get to be one of a group of adults.

“And that’s why I enjoy the work involved behind the secenes, because theatre to me is an outlet and the more of us that get involved at a young age and find our feet in theatre, the more it helps you as you get older.”

The music and the dancing are outstanding, according to Michelle, who can’t wait for the community to see for themselves  a wonderful show.

“It’s one that you’re going to come out singing from because you know all the songs. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love Elvis,” she said.

‘All Shook Up’ will open in the Backstage Theatre on this Friday night March 31 and will rock ‘n’ roll for a total of nine performances, finishing up on Saturday April 8.

Concessions are available for the matinee on Sunday April 2 (3pm) and also the 8pm shows on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4. Booking through the Theatre Box Office: 043-3347888 and on line www.backstage.ie. Tickets also available at Farrell & Coy.