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Performing Arts students rock the stage with “All Shook Up” for their last performance of the semester

04/19/2019 3:19 pm

Performing arts students gathered around a riserRockford University’s spring 2019 Forum Series concludes with the production of the musical comedy All Shook Up. The musical runs Thurs. – Sat., April 25- 27 at 7:30 PM and Sun., April 28 at 2 PM in Rockford University’s Maddox Theatre, Clark Art Center. This Broadway preformed musical is directed by alumnus Kyle Donahue (2003) and built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley, such as classics like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

The music of Elvis comes alive in this musical set in 1955, somewhere in Middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a guitar-playing young man changes everything and everyone he meets, as he helps a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. This lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes. Kyle Donahue has directed, choreographed and performed around the world on regional theatre, theme park and cruise ship stages and is an alumni of the BFA Musical Theatre Performance program at Rockford University. In Rockford, Kyle performed at New American Theatre, with Rockford Dance Company and the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company.

Maddox Theatre is located in the Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. Tickets are required and single ticket admission is $12 for adults and seniors age 55 and up, and $9 for students. Contact the Box Office for tickets at boxoffice@rockford.edu or 815-226-4100 to purchase tickets.