a limited engagement

Published 9:54 pm Sunday, August 10, 2008

A group of nearly 40 actors and musicians will draw their show to a close this weekend after the final performances of “All Shook Up.”

The show is a rendition of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” told through the music of Elvis in 1955.

The shows run Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the civic center in Thomasville.

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In this weekend’s performances, look for 10 principle roles, 10 chorus members and 10 orchestra members. Canebrake regulars Kirk Brooker, Audrea Hamilton, Drew Tucker and Catie Cole all return to the stage in the show.

“All Shook Up” is a joint collaboration between the Canebrake Players and the Arts Council of Thomasville, and for a good reason.

“Demopolis and Thomasville have always been competitive in athletics — football, baseball — and that’s all good and well,” director Karen Dean said. “But let’s leave it there, on the field. When it comes to the arts, we all need to forget our selfish desires and join as one.”

And that’s precisely what the cast and crew have done with “All Shook Up”, as seen in the performance schedule.

The cast is excited to be playing the new civic center in Thomasville.

“We have a brand-new civic center [in Thomasville] that needs a show in it,” said Dean.

And for a new civic center with an all-digital theatre, she’s right.