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

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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