Slip on your blue suede shoes or your poodle skirt and take a trip back to the 1950s next week when Grand Forks Central High School presents the musical, "All Shook Up."

With performances beginning at 7 p.m. March 7-9 in the auditorium, the play is inspired by and features the music of Elvis Presley, said Paul Barta, director.

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The experience will be nostalgic for some and most likely new for the younger audience members, said Barta, who directs vocal music and musical theater at the school.

Set in 1955, "All Shook Up" is the story of guitar-playing young man who rides into "a square little town in a square little state and changes everything and everyone he meets, in this hip-swivelling, lip-curling musical fantasy," he said.

The cast entertains with classic Elvis hits including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Don't Be Cruel."

Cast members include seniors Kenzie Kelley, Scott Duisen, Mason Smith, Hannah Thorpe, Mariah Hapka and Eric Olsen; juniors Rachel Craig, Lizzy Pollot and Lucas Tande; and sophomore Isaac Barta.

Staff members Geoff Mercer is music director; Jake Geffre is technical director; Maren Dewar is choreographer, assisted by Alyssa Amundson; and Amy Sanner is costume mistress.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

For reservations, call the box office at (701) 746-2411, or go online to