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Get Ready To rock

Story: Aleasha Bliss
Published On : Jul 03, 2021
Get Ready To Rock
Redcliffe Entertainment Centre will be taken over by pint-sized rock stars in the Queensland premiere of School of Rock this month. The talented cast consists of 18 children – all with instruments in hand – and the adult leading cast.

School of Rock the musical is based on the hilarious hit film that follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe Rockstar who takes on his friend’s identity, and pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious primary school.

Instead of teaching the children the expected curriculum, Dewey goes rogue and has the children living out his rock dreams and participating in the Battle of the Bands without parental or school permission.

School of Rock is directed by Redcliffe Musical Theatre president Madeleine Johns who said the production was very similar to the movie with some added bonuses.

“The Jack Black character in the movie, Dewey Finn, is played by Thomas Armstrong-Robley and it is a huge role,” Madeleine said. “He is pretty much in every scene. It’s a massive role, lots of singing, lots of jumping around, lots of dialogue.

“The music has been written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a big difference to the movie is the role of the headmistress Miss Mullen. There’s a scene where she is rehearsing with the kids on instruments and singing Queen of the Night.

“It’s really fun to throw in a bit of opera into the rock musical.”

Madeleine said that the show was perfect for their company as Roar Academy was a haven of talented children that have all the amazing musical talents to make this musical rock spectacular a success.

“I think one of the things that’s really important as we bring live theatre back, particularly community theatre, is that we pick the right shows,” Madeleine said. “The best, fun, upbeat, happy shows, and this one is just a riot.

“So, you’ve got all the elements in this musical that people love. Seeing kids on stage actually playing as a rock band is something quite unique, and also really a lot of fun.”

Find out more information or buy tickets here: www.redcliffemusicaltheatre...

School of Rock
Friday, 9 July – Sunday, 18 July
Redcliffe Entertainment Centre