By DeAnn Patterson
Walking into Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse in Ogden, my husband and I had no idea what kind of evening we were in for. We are relatively new to the area. We had never been to this theatre before, and we had never seen All Shook up before.
Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse has been providing entertainment to the community for 25 years. It was easy to find and parking was plentiful. On driving up, the building was clearly transformed from an old grocery store. You would never guess that from the inside. It was an older, but fun and cozy setting with a thrust stage. We were warmly welcomed and quickly assisted in finding our seats. We definitely felt like we were closer to the stage and more intimate with the cast than in many theatre settings. The one downside is that the seats are very close together. It would be somewhat uncomfortable if you are not at ease sitting in close proximity to your neighbors. Because of the closeness to the stage, the sound was better than many theatres. We had no problem hearing any of the speaking or singing.
All Shook Up is a jukebox musical set in 1955. It is a rendition of William Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night. It is full of fun, toe-tapping music of Elvis Presley, lots of dancing, and a collection of fun one-liners and comedy. Set in a small Midwest town, an out-of-town roustabout, Chad (Dave Clegg) comes riding into town with a guitar and brings in a lot of excitement, much to the dismay of the uptight mayor, Matilda Hyde (Carla Zarate.)
From the opening song “Jailhouse Rock”, to the closing “Burning Love,” the cast is full of energy. It will have you laughing out loud, tapping your toes, and clapping along. Samantha Wursten does a fabulous job as Natalie, a young female mechanic who dreams of love and adventure. She portrays a sweet, innocent girl who is instantly smitten by Chad, who unfortunately is not interested in “grease-monkey” Natalie. He has his eyes set on the museum caretaker, Miss Sandra (Stephanie Petersen.) Dennis (Zack George) is an adorably awkward long-time friend of Natalie who secretly adores her, and . painfully watches Natalie pursue Chad. The musical becomes humorously tangled and convoluted as Chad brings his influence into town. It feels as if the entire town becomes entwined in a spider web of people attempting to chase their romantic feelings. All actors did a wonderful job and I believed their characters completely
Costumes by Jacci Florence and Jamila Lowe were great. Very time appropriate and fun—down to the blue suede shoes. Set design by was by director Ferrin and was simple but fun and appropriate for the small space. Music Director Brittney Ann made sure all her rockin’ singers did a great job. The harmonies were lovely, though to my husband’s trained ear, he said some of the cast strained on the higher notes. To me, it all sounded just great.
This is the first time All Shook Up has been performed at Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse. It is directed by Shelby Ferrin and choreographed by Kylee Ogzewalla. We found the performance to be light and full of energy. The dancing and choreography is strong and engaging to watch. Every cast member brings energy and humor to the stage. My husband and I both agreed that our favorite performance was by George as Dennis. He did a spectacular job portraying his character. We enjoyed the performance and would love to bring our kids back to enjoy it as well.
Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse presents All Shook Up, an American jukebox musical with Elvis Presley music and book by Joe DiPietro. Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 S. Washington Terrace, UT 84405 August 4-September 16, Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 7:30 PM Tickets $9-14 801-393-0070 Facebook Page Facebook Event