Buena High School is all shook up

Buena High School is thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited spring musical, “All Shook Up School Edition,” inspired by the timeless tunes of Elvis Presley and featuring a book by Joe DiPietro.

Theatre Director Karen Rodrigues expresses her excitement, stating, “We are elated to bring you this lip-curling, hip-swiveling musical.  It is a hilarious comedy that celebrates love and the transformative power of music.”

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night“All Shook Up,” directed by Karen Rodrigues, with vocal direction by Kevin Downey and Choreography by Buena High School Senior Elena Ozuna, promises an unforgettable experience.  Performances kick off on Thursday, April 18, at 7 pm, with a limited run through Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Set in 1955, the musical introduces a guitar-playing young man who arrives in a conservative town, stirring up excitement and change. As the mayor enforces laws against loud music and tight pants, the townsfolk embark on a journey of self-discovery and liberation. This musical fantasy will have audiences jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Director Karen Rodrigues reflects on the significance of this production, her last before retiring, stating, “I am proud that “All Shook Up” is my final production at Buena. It is a reflection of the resilience of Buena’s Theatre Department.  We had scheduled to open it in April 2020, and we had to close due to the COVID-19 shut down.  Now, we are bringing it back with a full cast of outstanding performers. Audiences will love this show.”

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to support the arts in our local, public schools, and fill your heart with laughter and love.  Tickets are on sale now at bhsdramaboxoffice.org, and you can also purchase tickets at the door.  Performances will be held at the Buena High School McConnell Auditorium, located at 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003. 

For more information about the play, contact Buena’s Theatre Director, Karen Rodrigues, at [email protected]. For more information on Buena High School or District, contact Marieanne Quiroz, Director of Communications/Public Information Officer, at 805-641-5000. 

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