Natalie (Millie Gilbreath) and Chad (Christian Becker) share a smile in a scene from “All Shook Up.” COURTESY HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Hilton Head Christian Academy’s (HHCA) award-winning theater department will present “All Shook Up,” inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley and based on the book by Joe Dipietro, March 23-25 at the school’s Performing Arts Center in Bluffton. Tickets will be on sale at 

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” “All Shook Up” follows a small Midwestern town that is thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad (Christian Becker), a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout, who rides from town to town with a guitar on his back, blue suede shoes on his feet, and a song in his heart. 

Repressed by their conservative mayor, the town comes alive again under Chad’s influence. Lovers meet in one zany night that will change the town forever. “All Shook Up” is a rocking, heartwarming tale about following dreams, opening up to love, and the power of music.

Directed by HHCA Theater Director Michelle McElroy Cox, with musical direction by Cynthia Cullen and choreography by Jamal Edwards, the cast is led by senior Christian Becker (Chad) and junior Millie Gilbreath (Natalie). It also features 34 HHCA 8th-12th grade cast members, including Briana Williams, Connor White, Audrey Atkins, Eli Taylor, Emma Kate Dalzel, Charlie Peirce, Maya Norcross, Jack Mau, and others. 

“With Elvis classics like ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘Hound Dog,’ ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ we decided to build a special thrust stage, transforming our Performing Arts Center, bringing the action even closer to the audience,” Cox said.

Showtimes are March 23, 24, and 25 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on March 25 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $18 for adults and will be available at 

Hilton Head Christian Academy is located at 3088 Bluffton Parkway in Bluffton.