Music saves the day in Theatre Arlington’s School of Rock
May the spirit of rock be with you!
Arlington, TX. February 2017:
Theatre Arlington’s 44th Season - Fun in the Footlights! gets a jolt of energy with their first all-youth production of the season, School of Rock, based on the hit Paramount movie by Mike White. The stage version with book by Julian Fellowes, lyrics by Glenn Slater and new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is ready to rock the boards in downtown Arlington. Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck and wannabe rock star decides to earn a few bucks as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. What could be hard about that? Ignoring the rules and pleas of the school’s administration, Finn throws academia aside and creates his own curriculum, complete with guitar riffs, keyboard solos and jam sessions. Little does he know that his rebellious antics and creation of a kids’ rock band has inspired and empowered this group of over-scheduled prep students.
Normally it can take years before a new Broadway musical creates a youth or junior version of its show, licensed for all of the country to enjoy, but Lloyd Webber (who wrote the first successful rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, when he was just 22 years old) felt a special connection to this story and its empowering message about music. He and R&H Theatricals allowed the School of Rock rights to be available to schools and youth theaters prior to and during its run in New York City – something rare in the theater world. This production is also the largest and most involved youth production that Theatre Arlington has ever mounted, with 27 musical numbers and 31 actors, all aged 18 and under, playing 67 roles. AND those actors are bringing live music back to Theatre Arlington! Yes, what you see on stage is real – in order to be cast in certain roles, these talented young actors are required to play their own instruments. May the spirit of rock be with you!
Theatre Arlington’s production of School of Rock – The Musical (Youth Production) is directed by Cindy Honeycutt with choreography by Nik Blocker, vocal coaching by Benjamin Brown and Russell Mirabelli will serve as pit director. This all-youth production features Benjamin Cervantes as Dewey Finn, Zachary Weiss as Ned Schneebly, Kayden Moore as Patty, Erica Herrera as Rosalie Mullins, Jude Lewis as Summer Hathaway, Tyler Clayton as Tomika, Riley Jenkins Robinson as Zack Mooneyham, Ben Gervasi as Freddy Hamilton, Molly Chakery as Katie, Will Singleton as Lawrence, Autumn Pratt as Marcy, Tionna Bell as Shonelle, Connor Moss as Billy Sandford, Hannah Claire Brooks as Sophie, Khalia Simon as Maci Ward, Isaiah Robinson as James, and Olivia Johnson as Madison. Rounding out the cast are Jordyn Clinton, Ian Bartholomee, Meridith Blakley, Luke Pritchett, Kiera McDonald, Leah Pritchett, Cheyenne Ballew, Andrew Mirabelli, Michael Weiss, Dylan Olmstead-Hartin, Ashton Morales, Ruby Cox, Brooklyn Younkin and Corrin Vaccarella.
Production team members also include Reed Lewis (Stage Manager), Emma Gervasi (Assistant Stage Manager), Anthony Curtis (Set Design/Technical Director), Bill Eickenloff (Sound Designer), Kyle Harris (Lighting Designer), Cathy Pritchett (Properties Designer) and Ashley Peisher (Costume Designer).
School of Rock-The Musical (Youth Production) is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, will begin rocking audiences on Friday, February 17th at 7:30pm and is the fifth show in the Fun in the Footlights!Season sponsored by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. A post-show reception with the cast and crew will immediately follow the show and will include dessert provided by Cooper Street Bakery, the official bakery of Theatre Arlington.
School of Rock is appropriate for ages 10 and up. All tickets are only $15. Performances will continue through March 5th with our traditional youth production schedule:
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
School of Rock-The Musical (Youth Production) is presented by special arrangement with R & H Theatricals and The Really Useful Group, Ltd. www.rnh.com
See website for more information and to purchase tickets: www.TheatreArlington.org
Box Office: 817.275.7661
Photos by Eric Younkin
Photo Credit 1: (left to right) Riley Jenkins Robinson, Tyler Clayton, Ben Gervasi, Ben Cervantes, Will Singleton, Molly Chakery
Photo Credit 2: Ben Cervantes
More photos available upon request.
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