HE’S known for his rockabilly quiff and Elvis good looks, so it was no surprise when Redland Bay performer Dakota Striplin was chosen for a lead role inAll Shook Up,which was due to start at QPAC in November.
Unfortunately, less than two months before the professional production was set to take to the stage, organisers pulled the pin and cancelled the show’s two-week season.
On its website, production companyHarvest Rain said the show was cancelled “due to some basic financial considerations”.
It said those who have already bought tickets can get a refund.Those who bought tickets using credit cards via QPAC will receive a refund of the full purchase price within 10 business days.
Those who bought tickets using cash or EFTPOS shouldcall qtix Box Office on 136 246 to receive a refund.
It would have been thethird time the 19-year-old has been cast in a lead role for a performance at QPAC after he starred in last year’s hitHairsprayandSpring Awakeningin 2011.
And for this performance, he really got into character after spending four months on a performing mission in Illinois in the US, not far from where his idol Elvis Presley grew up.
During the mission he sang for senior members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was even approached by people who thought he was an Elvis look-alike.
Redland Bay’s Dakota Striplin is disappointed next month’s show All Shook Up at QPAC has been cancelled. Photo: Chris McCormack
Elvis songs formed the backdrop for the hilarious tale of mistaken identity, cross-dressing and star-crossed lovers and despite the show’s cancellation Striplin will continue to record a CD of Presley hits.
He has also applied tostudy music, dance and theatrein the US next year. But in the meantime, he will be gigging as much as he can.
The show wasbased on the ShakespeareanTwelfth Nightplaybut was set in the 1950s US Midwest, where Striplin was on his performance mission.
It included Striplin singing Elvis classics Heartbreak Hotel, Burning Love, Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes and Don’t Be Cruel.
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