Urbana High teens not shaken up by ceiling mishap

URBANA – For students performing in the Urbana High School musical, "All Shook Up," the show must go on – even if their performance space is shut down.

Sometime before school Friday, part of the ceiling fell in the high school auditorium, where the students planned to open their show next Thursday.

"There was no one in the auditorium, and there were no injuries," Principal Laura Taylor said. "It is closed to students and the public today as school officials investigate what caused parts of the ceiling underneath the balcony to give way and fall to the ground."

Mark Schultz, spokesman for the school district, said "a lot" of that portion of the ceiling fell.

"A sheet of plaster of Paris is covering the seats at the back of the auditorium," he said.

"The structural engineers are going to be working next week just to inspect the ceiling and see what's going on," he added. "There's no timetable for repairs yet."

Taylor said honors night on May 12 also might have to be moved if repairs aren't completed by then.

In the meantime, the "All Shook Up" actors have moved rehearsal of the Elvis Presley-inspired show.

"We're trying to work through it. We're practicing in the cafeteria today," said actor Maheshie Cabraal, a senior at the school.

She said the sets weren't damaged.

She described the musical as "happy, upbeat, makes you feel good." The play is supposed to open May 1 and run May 2-3 and May 9-10. All showtimes are at 7 p.m.

She said "All Shook Up" had made her an Elvis Presley fan.

"I never listened to Elvis before, but now I love him," Cabraal said. "I listen to him all the time now."

She hopes everyone will be able to listen to him – and the performers – next Thursday.

Taylor hopes so, too – on whichever stage the show ends up.

"Right now there is nothing that would cause me to believe we wouldn't be able to start the show on Thursday," she said.

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