Auditions for 1950s musical coming up at Theater Works

Theater Works, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., is hosting auditions for its upcoming production of “All Shook Up!”

“It’s 1955,” the theater’s website describes the production, “and into a square little town in a square little state, rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’”

David Chorley is the show’s director, Ken Goodenberger is musical director, and Nathalie Velasquez is choreographer.

The production will run Sept. 7-23.

Auditions take place at Theater Works inside the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Actors ages 19 and older are eligible for a $100 stipend.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of an upbeat, up-tempo song that is in the style of the show that best highlights their voice and vocal range.

Please bring accompaniment track in an electronic format mp3 or mp4. No a capella auditions.

Bring a picture and resume, and actors should bring in the completed audition form available online through

Roles currently available: Natalie Haller (16-early 20s; a young woman and an excellent mechanic. She’s much more at home in greasy overalls than a dress. Alto.); Chad (a great-lookin’, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout. Tenor/Baritone.); Jim Haller (mid 30s-50s; Natalie’s widowed father. Middle-aged and messy, he still longs for his wife. Baritone.); Sylvia (mid 30s-40s; the no-nonsense, owner of Sylvia’s Honky Tonk. Huge-range, Belter.); Lorraine (Sylvia’s teenage daughter. Pretty, smart and a total romantic. Alto.); Dennis (a young, awkward, aspiring dentist. Tenor.); Miss Sandra (the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum. Mezzo Soprano, high Alto.); Mayor Matilda Hyde (mid 40s-50s; the town’s conservative mayor. Mezzo Soprano.); Dean Hyde (Matilda’s teenage son. He has grown up at a military boarding school and has never disobeyed his mother. Tenor.); Sheriff Earl (mid 30s-50s; the law in town. A man of not many words. He loyally follow sthe Mayor wherever she goes. Baritone.); male and female ensemble (16-adult) to play an assortment of townspeople with lots of dancing and singing.


What: “All Shook Up!” auditions

When: Saturday, July 14

Where: TheaterWorks, 10580 N. 83rd Dr.

Production Dates: Sept. 7-23

More Information: 623-815-7930

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