Oak Ridge drama students get 'All Shook Up' in El Dorado Hills

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS CA - Broadway comes to the stage at Oak Ridge High School in the form of “All Shook Up.” The Elvis-inspired musical takes place in a small Midwestern town in the 1950s and centers around a hip-swiveling guitar playing stranger who has comes to town and falls in love with a local girl. Janet Henke, the school’s theater instructor, said “it’s a complicated plot with people falling love with the wrong people.” The antagonist of the play is the town Mayor Matilda Hyde who is dead-against inter-racial relationships and public displays of attention. Matilda is tested when her young Marine son falls in love with a young black girl. Sheldy Otwell, 16, plays the role of the mean-spirited Matilda Hyde. “This role was hard to get used to because I had to be mean and I’m not a mean person,” she said. “And the racial issue was difficult. I had to step back to a time when that was acceptable. That was hard.” Putting on a production of this size is a serious undertaking and if not for the parents and boosters it would not be possible, Henke said. “A small group of parents really helped with the stage design and props,” she said. “We have a great group that supports the 40 cast members and 30-plus crew members.” Cassie King, 15, a sophomore, is one of the dancers in the play. She’s been in drama for a year and has been dancing for four years and said this particular play is a bit “provocative.” “I love the 50s and there is some sandal in this show, which we like,” King said. “It’s not all bubblegum.” The show opens Oct. 18, but the date to remember is Oct. 20. All proceeds from the Oct. 20 show from concession and ticket sales will go to help Zachary Pickett and his family. Pickett, a Ponderosa High School student and life guard at Cameron Park Lake, was seriously injured in mid-August in a diving accident at the lake. He dove into the lake and struck a sandbar crushing his seventh vertebrae causing permanent damage to his spinal cords. The accident occurred just as he was to begin his senior year. “We want to get the word out that we are raising funds to help the Pickett family,” Henke said. ----- KNOW AND GO What: “All Shook Up” When: 7 p.m. Oct. 18-20, 25-27; 2 p.m. Oct 20-21, 27-28 Where: Oak Ridge High School, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills Cost: $15 adults, $10 students, seniors and children