The LMS’s new musical ‘All Shook up’ brought audiences to their feet last night with joyous performances from a vibrant young cast.
Lead male Thorin Coffey left the crowd shaken and stirred as the snake hipped ‘roustabout’ Chad, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Elvis Presley.
The King's back catalogue provides the musical numbers like 'Jailhouse Rock, 'A Little Less Conversation' and 'Love Me Tender'.
The action takes place in a sleepy 1950s town where the prudish Mayor (played with expert comic timing by Una Culkin) has banned music and public displays of affection.
Things get turned on their head by the arrival of Chad, who purrs into town on his motorbike fresh from the County Jail and sets pulses racing.
Thorin is a natural mover and it is hard to believe 18-year-old has been dancing for just two years.
He easily commands the stage and will no doubt fulfil his ambition of being a West End star in the years to come.
Chad catches the eye of the town’s female mechanic (Riana Lynch) who hatches a plan to pose as a man to get closer to the object of her affections.
Audiences won’t be surprised to learn Riana is a voice teacher and music graduation of Ulster University.
The forbidden romance of the Mayor’s son Deane and daughter of local landlady Lorraine was beautifully played out by Corey O’Connor and Hannah Deane whose voices were made for each other.
Comic turns by veteran LMS member David Keown as Natalie’s Dad and relative newcomer Gregg Parkhill as her secret admirer Dennis kept the audience laughing.
Emer McCaffrey, who audiences will remember form her star turn as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act, was fabulous as the slinky museum curator Miss Sandra who catches Chad’s eye.
But the stand out for me was Lorraine Roddy as Sylvia, whose velvety vocals drew a round of spontaneous applause from the audience mid song.
Busy raising a family of four, Lorraine hasn’t stepped on the stage in 20 years but I doubt she’ll be allowed to step off it after this.
A special mention must also go to Sheriff Earl (Geoff Coke) who melts the icy heart of Mayor Matilda with his rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’.
Backed up by an energetic chorus and fabulous dancers, who more than do justice to Vanessa Chapman’s choreography, the show is a joy from start to finish.
Director Deigh Reid and Musical Director Peter Doherty’s years of experience have helped to guide the young cast to create something truly special.
‘All Shook Up’ is on at the Millennium Forum until Saturday March 10 at 8pm. For bookings ring the box office on 02871264455.
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