Can’t help falling in love with All Shook Up

By Delaney Fox, Staff Writer

The Saint Vincent College Players returned to the stage this semester with a production of All Shook Up, a jukebox musical featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. The show ran from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20 in the Performing Arts Center in Carey.

Greggory Brandt, assistant professor of theater and the director of the SVC Players, described the turnout for the show as very encouraging.

Credit: Saint Vincent College Instagram; The cast of All Shook Up poses for a photo.

“Many people commented how good it felt to see live theater again! The audiences grew throughout the weekend, and the cast fed off their laughter and infectious energy,” Brandt said.

Brandt reported that he felt proud after seeing the final product of the SVC Players’ hard work.

“I’m just super proud of many things regarding this production: the cast for their hard work and dedication, the seniors for their leadership, my talented production team, the professional band and our college for keeping the arts alive,” Brandt said.

Altogether, 28 students were involved in the production; 26 students comprised the cast, and two students operated as stage managers. Also involved were a musical director, choreographer, set designer, costumer, sound designer and three musicians.

Rachel Andreola, sophomore mathematics major, was excited to take the stage with the SVC Players for the first time. As a member of the ensemble and the dancers, she described that the week of the performance was the high point of her experience.

“During tech week, everything really seemed to come together, and it was exciting to see that. We had our set pieces, our costumes, and it started to feel real,” Andreola said. “I also enjoyed working together with everyone—whether you were a lead or in the ensemble, everyone had an important part to play.”

Vincent Lombardi, sophomore undeclared major, took to the stage as a first-time actor in All Shook Up as part of the ensemble.

“The challenges were just getting used to it and learning the terms. This was the first time I’ve even read off a vocal score before. I felt very welcomed despite my lack of experience, and I’ve loved it so much along the whole way,” Lombardi said.

Despite the challenges, Lombardi was thankful for the experience.

“I don’t regret anything, and it’s been so much fun. Bonding with the cast has been delightful. It’s also been truly wonderful walking around and hearing people talk about the show,” Lombardi said.

Credit: Delaney Fox; Posters announcing All Shook Up were hung up around campus before the show.

After the success of All Shook Up, Brandt is looking forward to the future of the arts at Saint Vincent College.

“This production definitely revived the performing arts at SVC, and the bar and expectations have been raised. I’m already planning next year’s two productions with the students,” Brandt said.

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