Dewey (Joe Taylor-Harding) rocking it out at doors of Highland Secondary. Photo supplied

Valley schools collaborate for School of Rock – the musical

Jack Black movie comes to the stage at Highland

Sixty students from six Valley schools are excited to announce that the school district musical this year is going to rock.

Based on the hit film starring Jack Black, School of Rock – the musical, is a fun romp with Dewey Finn (Joe Taylor-Harding), a wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.

Things get a little crazy when he decides to turn his straight-A students into a loud and proud rock band and sign them up to compete in a rock-n-roll battle of the bands. While sneakily teaching the kids the essence of what it is to rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, Rosalee Mullins (Claire Knowles).

Lisa Williams, the director of the show and Highland Secondary drama teacher, says she knew as soon as she heard the song You’re in the Band! that she had to bring this musical to the school district.

“It really is so fun. I am also a Jack Black fan and loved the original movie. Plus, how cool is it that in this musical the actors play live rock music? I love that this show lets kids raise their voices for rock, rebellion, and love.”

The students involved, some as young as 12 years old, like Arlo Fleenor (Zach) who was brought in for his amazing guitar skills, have created a real rock-n-roll vibe with two live bands performing during the show.

“The best thing about this play is the fact that it has live music on stage,” said Autumn Morrel (Mrs. Hamilton). “It’s a mini concert! And it’s put on by such young students which makes it even more impressive!”

Anyone who comes to the show should be prepared for a lot of laughs and rock-n-roll energy.

“Be prepared to be belting out these songs in your car for weeks afterwards,” said Williams. “The music is catchy!”

There is something for everyone in this show. Laughter. Live music. Romance. Terrific singing and so much more.

Do you wanna rock next week? Of course, you do! The show runs every night at 7 p.m. from Tuesday, March 5, to Saturday, March 9 at Highland Secondary.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the high schools beforehand, or at the door, if any are left.

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