Taylor Swift Just Granted Elderly Actors Permission To 'Shake It Off'


Taylor Swift did yet another amazing thing, and in this particular case, it was what anyone in her position would do.

The Belvoir St Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia prepared to launch "Seventeen," a play about a bunch of teenage students on the last day of school, this week.

This particular show has one catch, though: Senior citizens portray the teens (I know, so good, right?). At one point in the production, the seniors perform a choreographed number to Swift's hit "Shake It Off" (I know, SO good, right?).

Sadly, the theatre company was unable to get the rights to perform the catchy Swift hit last minute.

So Anne-Louise Sarks, the theatre's director, took to Twitter with #greygrey4taytay to contact the biggest star in the world and see if anything could be done.

Hey @taylorswift13 I'm a big fan and I'm facing an artistic emergency I hope you can help with 1/7 #greygrey4taytay — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015

First, she sold the plot of the show to Swift.

.@taylorswift13 I'm a theatre director from Sydney, and we have a big show opening tomorrow night @belvoirst 2/7 #greygrey4taytay — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015
.@taylorswift13 It's about the last day of school - only the 17yrolds are all played by 70yrolds 3/7 #greygrey4taytay pic.twitter.com/t3i1JPdZn2 — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015
. @taylorswift13 (including Barry Otto from Strictly Ballroom which maybe you've seen) http://t.co/cBOHzj4vdp #greygrey4taytay — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015

Then, she laid out the unfortunate snag...

.@taylorswift13 there's this great moment where they Shake It Off, and they know all the words and have amazing moves 5/7 #greygrey4taytay — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015
.@taylorswift13 But we've just at the last minute been told we can't have the rights to the song! 6/7 #greygrey4taytay — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015

...and asked for help.

.@taylorswift13 Is there anything at all you can do?!! Thanks for reading! 7/7 #greygrey4taytay pic.twitter.com/pdL1TW1Bv9 — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015

Just to be safe, Sarks also tweeted at Australian actor Russell Crowe because he's, like, probably super close with Taylor Swift.

Hi @russellcrowe! Anything you can do to help us get this to @taylorswift13 would be ace! #greygrey4taytay @BelvoirSt pic.twitter.com/UqdQ2OnTv0 — Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 4, 2015

Other Australian celebrities, including Yael Stone from "Orange Is the New Black," hopped on board and lent their support.

Hey @taylorswift13 This wonderful Australian theater company is desperate to #shakeitoff It'll be magic! Can they? https://t.co/oyrigfCPuJ — Yael Stone (@YaelStone) August 4, 2015

Musical comedian Tim Minchin even joined in, too.

Dear @edsheeran. Cd you please ask Taylor & to ask her manager to ask her publisher to sort this? (I said I'd try). http://t.co/K9oF9htD95 — Tim Minchin (@timminchin) August 4, 2015

Finally, after seven hours -- roughly the length of the last day of school -- Swift responded.

Permission granted, @BelvoirSt. Good luck with your opening night :) — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 4, 2015

The theatre company posted a video thanking Swift, who is now and shall forever remain the patron saint of Australian theatre.

Citations: Saviour Taylor Swift allows elderly Australian actors to Shake It Off (Mashable)