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What happens when Shakespeare, Elvis mix?

Noah Oury and Zada Lile rehearse Thursday for the production of “All Shook Up,” which will be performed four times this weekend starting Friday night at Durango Arts Center. (Courtesy of Jason Lythgoe)

DurangoYouthTheatre will be “All Shook Up” when its actors take to the stage for four performances this weekend.

The show, which is put on by 16 students, mixes the timeless plot devices of Shakespeare comedies with the classic music of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. In the show, a stranger comes to a sleepy town that’s not allowed to love, and of course things get “All Shook Up” when he starts shaking his hips and bringing out their inner roustabouts.

“We wanted to end the summer with a lot of fun,” said Jason Lythgoe, theater director. “We just did two Shakespeare camps and the story of this is basically a little bit of ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ mixed with a ‘50s Elvis movie – king of playwrights meets King of Rock ’n’ Roll.”

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. today (Friday); 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Doors will open 30 minutes before showtime. Shows are held at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Tickets cost $12.

For tickets and more information, visit https://bit.ly/3B1tNOV.