You might need a scorecard to keep up with all the characters in “All Shook Up,” on stage this weekend at Blind Brook High School.
There’s Natalie who pretends to be Ed, Chad the outsider on a motorcycle, Sylvia and Jim, Miss Sandra and Dennis, Lorraine and Dean and Mayor Matilda and Sheriff Earl.
If the characters aren’t familiar, the songs likely will be:?The jukebox musical draws from all things Elvis, including “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Suede Shoes,”?“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” and “Jailhouse Rock” to name a few.
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At the center of the story is Chad, a motorcycle-driving roustabout who blows into town and sets everything on its ear. He meets grease-monkey Natalie, who is immediately smitten and decides to dress up as a boy, Ed, to get closer to the object of her affection.
Blind Brook senior Elana Levy plays Natalie/Ed.
She said she read “Twelfth Night” as a freshman and recited a speech from the play for an English class. Still, her friends don’t know “Twelfth Night,” so she uses a more contemporary reference: “All Shook Up” is a lot like the 2006 film “She’s the Man,” starring Amanda Bynes.
“I feel like I’m more like Natalie — I have a shy side, but I’m more outgoing with my friends — but it’s really fun acting like Ed, because he’s trying to be more confident, to fit in,” Levy said.
To create Ed in an Elvis musical, she’s had to learn how to do something Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons sang about: walk like a man.
“Chrissy (Colangelo) told me to walk with my pelvis,” Levy said. “And Nora Fisher, our assistant director, said: ‘Pretend your pelvis is like two separate things. Move one and then the other. And have a little swagger. Lean back a little bit, let your arms just hang there, add a little bounce.’”
Levy said that gave her a good start, but to really get it down, she watches her co-star, Justin Gluck, and copies him, just as Natalie watches Chad to become Ed.
The audience will watch Natalie turn into Ed, thanks to some grease and a leather jacket, but Levy said they’ll also see Natalie come through sometimes, when she forgets to be one of the guys.
Gluck, a junior, said the show has deepened his appreciation for Elvis.
“His personality is really what you have to use as inspiration,” he said. “You have to have that swagger.”
There’s that swagger again.
For two years, Gluck juggled the Blind Brook musical and basketball, meaning he couldn’t do more than ensemble work in Colangelo’s past productions of “The King & I” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
This year, the junior gave up basketball to commit to a larger role in the musical, “to see what I could do,” he said.
He landed the lead — playing a man who is rough around the edges but whose appeal to the ladies in unmistakable.
“There’s a part in the middle of the first song, ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ where the warden gives Chad three letters, one from the warden’s daughter, one from his wife and one from his mother,” Gluck said. “He’s a real ladies man.”
“You learn a lot about Chad’s character without him even saying anything,” he said.
Gotta love that swagger.
What: “All Shook Up”
Where: Blind Brook High School, 840 King St., Rye Brook.
When: 7 p.m. March 18; 7:30 p.m. March 19, 20; 2 p.m. March 21
Call: 914-937-3600, ext. 3171
With: Elana Levy, Justin Gluck, Tyler Ketchabaw, Ali Hartman, Sarah Ackerman, Olivia Weinshank, Will Whalen, Nick Brasesco, Gabi Schiz, Alyssa Davis, Blythe Duckett, Jacob Kupin, Jaime Ketchabaw, Lindsay Nuckel, Eric Handelman, Zach Streichler, Melanie Mauro, Nicole Heney, Melanie Greenwald, Jackie Ciraldo, Kira Helberg, Barrie Schneiderman, Nikki Weisblum, Karina Fernandes, Tami Kadmon, Renee Mango, Dana Kadmon, Alexa Dayan, Brielle Farruggio, Samantha Miller, Stephanie Blumenthal, Rebecca Lurie, Casey Linder, Sydney Grau, Cynthia Segal, Nora Fisher, Jacob Visoky, Sharon Appelbaum, Jason Rosenzweig, Julia Newman, Ryan Seguljic, Amanda Sorkin, Karen Rind-Siegel, Alyssa Piperis, Dylan Symonette, Madison Lieberman, Joe Joyce, Ben Broch, Marlee Topkis, Ross Schinik, Rachel Joseph, Julia Joseph, Mari Diamond, Jason Kaye, Thomas Ferrer, Sal Scappatore, Jared Liga, Brian Lorys, Danny Fishman, Ben Seguljic, Jamie Zaslav, Scott Bass, Jon Newmark, Emily Conrad, Camilla Fernandes, Adam Weingarten, Zachary Held, Justin Cohn, Samantha Langstein, Michael Zingman, Amanda Saxe, Melissa Blanco, Molly McBride