Minnetonka Theatre is celebrating 10 years under the artistic direction of Kent Knutson, director of both the theatre’s high school and community branches, with a remount of their fan favorite production, "All Shook Up!"
Alumni cast members were invited back to be a part of this Elvis inspired musical, first presented by Minnetonka High School in 2009. The production runs from July 20 to Aug. 4 on theArts Center on 7 Main Stage.
In addition to MHS graduates and familiar faces from past community theater productions, some stellar new actors will be joining the Minnetonka Theatre family: Joshua James Campbell (from the first national tour of Legally Blonde – The Musical) will star as Chad, the charming roustabout.
Maureen Sherman-Mendez (choreographer of MHS’s sold out premiere production of Legally Blonde- The Musical this past spring) will star as Natalie Haller, the young mechanic who falls for Chad.
Sean Michael Dooley (professional Twin Cities actor with local credits including the Guthrie, Children’s Theatre, and Mixed Blood) also stars as Jim Haller, Natalie’s father. Newcomer Frank Moran will play Dean before starring in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s Bye Bye Birdie this fall.
Audiences will also witness the return of Nate Irvin (star of MHS productions like Jesus Christ Superstar), home for the summer from his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Knutson’s first show with the theatre was Grease, presented by Minnetonka High School in Fall 2002. Past Minnetonka Theatre summer musicals include: Anything Goes (2011), The Drowsy Chaperone (2010), Hello, Dolly! (2009) Annie Get Your Gun (2008), Damn Yankees (2007), The Wizard of Oz (2006) Fiddler on the Roof (2005), Honk! (2004) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (2003).
Tickets for All Shook Up are now on sale and group rates are available.
About All Shook Up: In a roadside honky-tonk, a surprise visit from a mysterious, leather-jacketed stranger leads a small town to discover the freedom of dance, the magic of romance and the power of rock-n-roll. These all-Elvis musical features hit songs such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Burning Love” and “Jailhouse Rock.”
Natalie Haller– Maureen Sherman-Mendez*
Chad – Josh Campbell*
Jim Haller – Sean Dooley*
Sylvia – Whitney Rhodes
Lorraine – Taylor Kelly-Murray
Dennis – Nate Irvin
Miss Sandra – Ellen Schwartz
Mayor Matilda Hyde – Maureen Kvam
Dean Hyde – Frank Moran
Sheriff Earl – Greg Frankenfield
Deputy Doug – Shawn Gaebel
Henrietta – Emily Madigan
Featured Dancers (+Soloists)
Danny Adams+, Ryan Fargo+, David Frankenfield, Katherine Fried+, Becca Hunkins, Emily Madigan+, Madison McDaniel, Emmy Mendez, George Mulder, Kelsey Peterjohn+, Eric Sargent +, Tré Searles, Kyle Szarzynski
Mark Battles, Christian Belz, Haley Churchill, Zach Churchill, Claire Deslauriers, Ginny Fogg, Maddie Garces, Norma Garfin, Maddie Gerhardt, Debra Larsson, Matt Lindholm
Zach Osmundson, Leo Plante, Ryan Quinlan, Kelly Rohde, Scottie Schwefel, Ruby Segal, Andrew Shellum, Brooke Wahlstrom, Kitty West
*Appearance courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
All Shook Up Fact Sheet
Director: Kent Knutson
Dates: July 20, 21, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4 at 7:30pm; July 28 at 2 p.m.; July 29 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Senior (65+), $10 Youth (under 18)
Box Office: 952-401-5898 or online.