VIDEO: Review: ‘All Shook Up’ really rocks the Kelsey rafters

There was more than one hunk of ‘Burnin’ Love’ onstage at Frances Kelsey Secondary as the school’s students presented the hilarious musical All Shook Up.

James Meyer as the roustabout Chad led a fine cast that included Cecilia Dennison as Natalie and Ed, Jamieson Wickham as Dennis, and Mackenzie Lee as Miss Sandra, Cassidy Marat as Sylvia Hart, Aidan Holt as Natalie’s dad, Jim, Veronica Meyer as Sylvia’s daughter, Lorraine, Cameron Trustham as Dean Hyde, Bennett Meyer as his mom, Mayor Matilda, and Michaelangelo Onassis as Sheriff Earl.

You’ve already spotted a few names you know among that list.

Yes, several of that group have already starred this winter in the Cowichan Musical Society’s How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, which means that not only are they very talented, they are also willing to put in the staggering number of hours needed to produce such quality performances. In addition, Marat, Meyer and Wickham also choreographed numbers for the show.

Somewhere along the line, James Meyer broke his arm, and is performing in a sling.

Directors Anna Roberts and Jordan Heath have pulled out all the stops to get the best out of this fine young cast.

This is, simply put, a blockbuster show. All dancing, all singing, all fun for the whole family.

There are more performances scheduled for this week, so check with the school to see if there are any tickets left. It was packed to the doors on opening night, so don’t wait.

Some of the cast enters from the audience in Frances Kelsey’s ‘All Shook Up’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chad the Roustabout comes to town and shakes up the place. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chad (James Meyer) is knocked for a loop as he finds himself thinking of Ed. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chad (James Meyer) and Natalie (Cecilia Dennison) meet when he comes to town but he doesn’t know she’s in love. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chad (James Meyer) proposes to Miss Sandra (Mackenzie Lee) but she’s not interested in the hunky roustabout. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Finally, Chad realizes he loves Natalie and proposes to her only to get a surprising answer. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Dean (Cameron Trustham) tells Lorraine (Veronica Meyer) that he’d rather be with her than go to military college. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Dennis (Jamieson Wickham) is devastated that he just can’t express his love to Natalie. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
It all turns out well at the end, with ‘Burnin’ Love’ sloshing from wall to wall on the stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Jim (Aidan Holt) realizes that Sylvia is the one for him. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘One Night with You’ sing Miss Sandra and Dennis as they realize they both love romantic poetry. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Miss Sandra (Mackenzie Lee) makes a move on Ed (Cecilia Dennison), not realizing she’s a girl. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Natalie decides to disguise herself as a guy to spend more time with Chad. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ed (Natalie) decides to make a move on Chad. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sheriff Earl (Michaelangelo Onassis) proposes to Mayor Matilda Hyde (Bennet Meyer). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen

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