Calgary Academy proudly presents the Senior School drama production of All Shook Up!, a jukebox musical that intertwines Elvis Presley and Shakespeare in a light-hearted musical love story. Take the music and rebellious ethos of Elvis Presley and add in a storyline based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with just a dash of Romeo and Juliet for extra spice.
The production launches May 2 and continues until May 6, and is the Senior School’s first return to the stage in over two years. Creative Director Leeanne McLim is bursting with pride at the upcoming performance.
What you are about to see is not just a labor of love on so many levels, but also a lesson in leadership, mentorship, community, and learning from each other. The product of this show truly represents the heart of what we do at CA.
The production has been supported by an extensive creative team, including:
Student Choreographer: Anne Marie S.
Anne-Marie is one of our graduating students this year from CA. She is also one of our lead performers, Dance Captain, and student choreographer. She joined the Senior School play way back in Grade 9 for Calgary Academy’s production of “The Wedding Singer”. Since then, Anne-Marie has been the cast Dance Captain and performer for not only that show but also “The Addams Family” where she was also given the opportunity to choreograph. This year, Anne Marie is one of two student choreographers for the show, working collaboratively with her best friend of 10 years (Allison). This dynamic duo teamed up and worked together to create the dances you will see today. Anne Marie is grateful for this amazing opportunity and would like to thank the team for giving her this chance to explore her creative potential.
Student Stage Manager: Kaia W.
Kaia’s first experience as a stage manager happened during her final project in Grade 11. She was handed the task of being a stage manager in an extremely difficult group where she had to take on the role of director, stage manager, and at times an actor. At the end of her final project, she was taking over the entire show. This led Kaia to believe that being a stage manager is something that she would like to continue to do. Kaia is now in her final year of high school working as the stage manager for the senior high production of “All Shook Up”. Through the months of work into this play, it has been a roller coaster of emotions, but all in all, it has been such an amazing experience and truly something to look back on for years to come.
Ms. McLim’s dance and theatre obsession began many moons ago when she kicked her heels up and sang her heart out on many professional stages across Canada and the US. McLim had many opportunities to work with professionals in the capacities of directing and choreography over the past 20+ years. When she is not teaching at CA she is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performing artist for various studios and theatre companies throughout town. Currently, she is the drama teacher for grades K-12 at Calgary Academy. She has been working with the Educational Theatre Association of Canada to bring opportunities that will shape lives through theatre education.
Mr. Lafond began his career as a practicing artist in the 1980s working in video and performance art. For the last 30 years, he has turned his focus to abstract and referential painting. Jamie has been the resident Art teacher at Calgary Academy for the last twenty-five years and has worked on props and sets for the many theatrical productions during that time.
Ms. Nixon teaches Grade 10 humanities at CA, but she has been a theatre kid since her first performance of “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.” She was five and she played the wobbly tree, so being an assistant director is a step up from her acting days. Ms. Nixon is very excited to be part of the production team and cannot wait to share this year’s school play with family and friends. She hopes you enjoy the show.
Ms. Jonason began her journey of dance at the young age of three. Since then, her love for the performing arts and dance has grown immensely. Throughout her junior high and high school years, she was active in musical theatre, being cast in leading roles and choreographing musical numbers. By 17, she began her dance teaching career and was able to share her passion and creativity with her students. This is Ms. Jonason’s first time working with the Calgary Academy Senior High Production. She has been extremely lucky to join forces with hard-working and dedicated student choreographers and believes that collaboration is key to bringing together an amazing show.
Ms. Conrad can’t remember a time in her life when music, theatre, and the arts haven’t played a role in her life. Over the years, she has participated in community choirs and theatre projects where she increased her confidence and skills as an amateur artist in several productions. When she became a Humanities teacher, she looked for ways to volunteer in the dramatic creative process, co-writing student productions, and lending her abilities wherever she could. Most notably, Jane enjoys learning from her students and colleagues in a spirit of collaboration and mutual respect.
Mr. Rigby is thrilled to be a part of All Shook Up this year! As a student, he fell in love with participating in drama, band, choir, and improv throughout high school. As an adult, Mr. Rigby has participated in community theatre productions and searched for any opportunity to remain involved in the arts. This is the first time he has collaborated as an acting director for a production. He is honoured to have worked with an extremely flexible and dedicated team and cast.
Ms. Funk’s life has revolved around music for as long as she can remember. Her passion for her main instruments – piano, flute, piccolo, and voice – has been a driving force that has enabled her to travel around Canada and the globe, and to form relationships with other inspired creatives. Although music is a defining aspect of Ms. Funk’s involvement in CA’s music theatre program, her favourite part is the community that is created amongst the staff and students. She is grateful to be a part of this musical family.
All Shook Up! is inspired by and featuring the music of ELVIS PRESLEY
Book by JOE DIPIETRO
All Shook Up is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036 (866) 378-9758