By CASS MARRETT
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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