Ready to rock: 'School of Rock The Musical', UK Tour


Auditions for Showbiz Queenstown’s School of Rock musical open today.

Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, the production follows a down-on-his-luck musician, Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher to make some extra cash, and ends up converting a classroom of straight-A students into a rock band.

Director Lisa Clough, who recently directed Queenstown’s A Rockin’ Christmas, says she’s ‘‘hugely’’ looking forward to bringing the show to the resort alongside musical director Pol Nicholson and choreographer Anna Stuart.

‘‘Every few years, it’s nice to produce a show that showcases children’s talents, which this one does,’’ Clough says.

‘‘There are some really fantastic parts for adults, too.’’

During the auditions, which end on Sunday, performers must sing a song of
their own choosing.

Most will need to read from the script, and if they’re going for a main role, they’ll need to sing a song from the show as well.

Those auditioning for an instrumental part will need to play a song on their chosen instrument.
‘‘We are looking for four kids who can preferably play musical instruments — a guitarist, bass player, keyboard player and a drummer,’’ she says.

There will also be a collective dance audition for children, and it’s possible to audition over Zoom, if necessary.

Once the show is cast, it’ll be straight into dance and music rehearsals three
times a week.

Clough says registrations are going well, but Showbiz Queenstown is still
looking for more people to audition, especially for the role of Dewey Finn.

‘‘We’re looking for a really strong actor who can play the guitar as well, and has tons of energy . . . and a really lovely rapport with the kids.’’

Volunteer roles in set design, hair and makeup, ushering and more are also available.

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