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Casting Announced for the Lyceum’s All Shook Up

FEATURING THE MUSIC OF ELVIS PRESLEY

Casting is now complete for the rockin’ musical comedy All Shook Up, featuring the hits of the King of Rock n’Roll himself. This performance, playing from June 27-July 7, will be directed and choreographed by SAM HAY, who has choreographed and directed numerous productions at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, including Seussical this spring, last season’s Footloose, and Mamma Mia! In 2017. Musical Director ASHER DENBURG continues his summer season with The Lyceum; his work has included productions across the country, such as Breath and Imagination at Lyric Stage Company in Boston and Beehive at Theatre by the Sea. 

This production features DEVON PERRY as Natalie Haller, ELLIOTT LITHERLAND as Chad, TONY LAWSON as Jim Haller, ALANA CAUTHEN as Sylvia, KIM ONAH as Lorraine, LIAM JOHNSON as Dennis, HEATHER PATTERSON KING as Miss Sandra, JEAN McCORMICK as Mayor Matilda Hyde, JAKE HARTMAN as Dean Hyde and MICHAEL BRENNAN as Sherriff Earl.  

This hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have audiences dancing in the aisles with such beloved Elvis Presley classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” The music of Elvis helps tell the story of a roustabout named Chad who shakes up a sleepy midwestern town and all those who live in it in this musical comedy about unexpected connections and the power of music.

Playing small-town mechanic, Natalie Haller, DEVON PERRY is a professional musician and coach who makes her home in NYC, teaching with organizations like AMDA and MaxTheatrix, and is making her debut at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in this role. Some of her recent credits include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at Westchester Broadway Theatre And Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at Theatre by the Sea. Also making his Lyceum debut as the roustabout, Chad, ELLIOTT LITHERLAND has a rich resume that includes credits such as the original cast of Tangled (u/s for Flynn) and Frozen: A Musical Spectacular (as Hans) on Disney’s cruise ships, Freddy in My Fair Lady at Starmites at Porthouse Theatre, and Smudge in Forever Plaid and George in She Loves Me at the Clinton Showboat Theatre.

TONY LAWSON plays Natalie’s father, Jim, and has credits that include Thenardier in Les Miserables on Broadway, and several Off-Broadway roles including Robert Lincoln in The Case of Mary Todd Lincoln, Judge in Kismet, and Ralph Sheldrake in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. ALANA CAUTHEN makes her Lyceum debut as Sylvia, the no-nonsense owner of Sylvia’s Honky Tonk. Her previous credits include the 20th Anniversary National Tour of RENT (Seasons of Love), Effie White in Dreamgirls at Fairfield Center Stage, and Alice in Big River at The Old Castle Theatre. Also making her Lyceum debut, KIM ONAH will appear as Lorraine, Sylvia’s daughter. She is a recent graduate of Harvard with an A.B. in English Literature and Music and currently works as an actress and singer in New York. Her previous credits include Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story at The John W. Engeman Theater and Hair at Concord Umbrella Theater.

LIAM JOHNSON, who made his Lyceum debut in the role of Jean Michel in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella this season, plays the role of the love-sick, aspiring dentist, Dennis. A recent graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, he most recently appeared in Jeff Calhoun’s reimagining of The Music Man at Asolo Repertory Theatre. HEATHER PATTERSON KING, who plays Miss Sandra the caretaker of the local museum, previously appeared on The Lyceum stage as Donna in the 2017 production of Mamma Mia! She was recently named Broadway World Best Actress for the role. She played the same role at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Fireside, and the role of Tanya in the International Tour. Other credits include Off-Broadway in On The Rails, Nancy in Oliver at NC Theatre, and Diana u/s in Next to Normal at Syracuse Stage. 

JEAN McCORMICK plays the puritanical mayor, Matilda Hyde; she recently played the role of Madame in The Lyceum’s production of Cinderella. Her previous credits include On The Air at York Theatre, The Flood at Prospect Theater Co., Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center, and A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre.An alum of Maine State Music Theatre, JAKE HARTMAN plays Matilda’s son, Dean Hyde, and is currently a student at Elon University, where he is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. MICHAEL BRENNAN, a local favorite, returns to The Lyceum stage as Sheriff Earl.

The cast also includes JUSTIN CAMPBELL, GABRIEL FLORENTINO, DIEGO ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ, CAMIA GREEN, ELEANOR HARDWICK, AUSTIN IOVANNA, BERKLEY JONES, ABBY MATSUSAKA, KENNEDY SAMPLE, SARAH SIGMAN, and ADAM WEDESKY.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume DesignerGARTH DUNBARreturns after previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns to us as Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 27th season as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third season as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for All Shook Up are priced at $42.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 27 – July 7, 2019. Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets, visit www.lyceumtheatre.org, call (660) 837-3311, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320. Box office hours are 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. 

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theater located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th Century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 59 years, producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416-seat theater attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock to bring its patrons Broadway-caliber productions throughout the season. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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