St. Augustine, Fla. – From Nov. 7 – 11 in the Flagler College Lewis Auditorium, the Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts will present “All Shook Up,” a musical production based on the music of Elvis Presley and featuring Broadway actor Justin Matthew Sargent. Sargent’s credits include last fall’s “Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE!” (ensemble, John Legend understudy) on NBC, “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” (Peter Parker) and “Rock of Ages” (Drew). He will play the role of Chad, a teenager full of angst in a 1950s world of clashing ideas on race, gender and sexuality.
“This is going to be a unique experience to the typical musical production at Flagler,” said Kip Taisey, assistant professor of musical theatre and director of music. With an otherwise all-student cast, Sargent will work with the student performers of “All Shook Up” through rehearsals as well as the theatre majors at the college in master classes.
One student particularly excited to work and learn from him is Rachel Ihasz, a junior theatre major from Coral Springs, Fla. playing the role of Natalie, opposite Sargent.
“I see it as an opportunity,” she said. “Someone like me playing the lead would have to adapt to someone new in the role – this is how it happens in the real world.”
Ihasz describes the show as “loving life and having fun” and Sargent describes it as “a lot of fun and a great comedy.” Ihasz is quick to point out that although fun, “It does have meaning behind it” as it also touches “On important historical events of the 60s, controversial.”
Those controversial topics will be presented in a lobby display by theatre major students Zakiya Greene and Stacia Ahlers. The display will plot Elvis Presley songs on a timeline with wider contextual information about the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine. This is a passion project for the students and will be open to visitation for theatre-goers before and after the show.
This event is the fifth in a string of others scheduled to celebrate with the community the college’s 50th anniversary. Tickets are currently on sale at tickets.flagler.edu for $20 general admission. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the box office beginning Nov. 5, Monday through Friday, 12 – 5 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain. Students (non-Flagler students) with their ID may purchase a discounted $5 ticket. Flagler faculty, staff, their immediate family and students may obtain one free ticket directly at the box office. The box office phone number is 904-826-8600. Tickets may be purchased online at any time at tickets.flagler.edu.
Other events in 2018 include a free children’s book reading by author Harvey E. Oyer III on Dec. 1. For more information about the public events taking place in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, please visit www.flagler.edu/flagler50.