April 2022

School of Rock: From the page to the stage

Rehearsals are currently well under way for a summer production of hit musical ‘School of Rock’. This follows in the footsteps of a hugely successful production of ‘We Will Rock You’ which was staged at the school in February 2020.

As part of their preparation for the show, those involved were recently given the opportunity to watch a matinee performance of the stage show during its current UK tour.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, accompanied by a book by Julian Fellowes.

The show features down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders (that’s Year 6 to us!) to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands in order to make some money.

On Wednesday 6th April, approximately 30 students travelled to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch a performance of the West End tour of the popular production during its six-date run in the city.

Commenting on the experience, Jamie Hughes, Head of Creative Arts, said: ‘The sheer energy of the cast was inspiring, leaving our students feeling enthused and ready to move forwards with the rehearsals for their own production.

They loved watching the characters on stage and seeing the parts they will soon be playing coming to life in front of a live audience.

I’m really excited to see how they apply this experience to our own production in the summer; as they prepare to take the show from the page to the stage.’

Withernsea High School’s production will be a true collaboration between the various members of its Creative Arts faculty, bringing together elements of Music, Dance, Drama and Art.

After the Easter holidays, with all lines expected to be learnt, cast members will begin to explore each scene in further depth.

Meanwhile, the assembled band of student musicians will continue their rehearsals with Teacher of Music, Lewis Fryer, before they are joined later in the term by external players to help finalise the soundtrack to the show.

AttenDANCE, the school’s very own dance company, are also set to join rehearsals soon as they seek to piece together some of the show’s bigger musical numbers.

With the success of the recent dance show behind them, and a growing culture of confidence inspired by the new Creative Arts faculty, the show’s cast and crew promise to deliver something that’s not to be missed!

Further information, including ticket details, will be announced soon.

The show will take place in the school’s main hall on the evenings of Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July.

Following its world premiere on Broadway in December 2015, School of Rock opened at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End the following November.

After a hugely successful run, lasting just over three years, the show closed in March 2020 when a UK tour was announced. The national tour was subsequently delayed due to the onset of the pandemic, eventually opening to rave reviews at Hull New Theatre in September 2021.

The tour continues over the coming months and will return to Yorkshire, with a thirteen-night run at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield, between Monday 25th July and Saturday 6th August.

For further information about the tour, including all up-coming performance dates, please visit: https://uk.schoolofrockthemusical.com 

 


ABOVE: The welcome return of school trips paved the way for an outing of the cast to watch 'School of Rock', live in Leeds.


ABOVE: After a run lasting just over three years in London's West End, School of Rock is on tour around the UK until August 2022.