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March 13, 2014

They're 'All Shook Up'

Whittier Regional High to present musical comedy about '50s rock music

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“I have to be very stern,’’ she said, giggling at the thought of the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act she has imposed as mayor.

Nick Bias playing the sidekick to Chad, the guitar-playing stranger who brings music and romance to town.

“I’m an awkward young lad who is going to dental school,’’ he said.

The cast of 36 students and the crew are hoping for a sold-out show when the curtain goes up.

“I encourage everyone to come,’’ said Whittier freshman Selina Brito of Haverhill, who has several ensemble parts. “It’s loud and fun, like ‘Grease’ and ‘Footloose’ mixed together.’’

“It’s a high-energy show with foot-stomping, irresistible music everyone will know,’’ said producer Linda Urban, a music teacher at Whittier.

She is co-directing the play this year with Richard Porcelli, who is a media specialist and librarian at the school.

“The kids have worked really hard and it’s going to be a great show,’’ he said.

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