From 22 August 2018 term will begin for the year three cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning production of School of Rock – The Musical at the newly named Gillian Lynne Theatre. A further 350,000 tickets for the West End production have been released and the show is now booking to 20 October 2019.
Based on the iconic film of the same title, School of Rock – The Musical sees the kids from Dewey’s band compete in the legendary Battle of the Bands and embrace the power of rock.
Craig Gallivan will lead the cast in the role of Dewey Finn (he was previously the alternate) with Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins, Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty DiMarco and Jake Sharp who will play Dewey Finn at certain performances.
The remaining adult cast comprises John Addison, Nick Butcher, Rob Falconer, Martina Isibor, Claudia Kariuki, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Richard Morse, Andy Rees, Hannah Stratton, Alex Tomkins and James Wolstenholme with swings Paul Kemble, Jessica Kirton, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris and Andy Prosser.
As well as the show entering its third year in the West End, in October this year an Australian production of School of Rock – The Musical will open at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. The Broadway production continues at the Winter Garden Theatre and the US national touring production is currently booking to September 2018.
Joining the adult cast are three teams of 12 kids, who make up Dewey’s band, and play live at every performance. From 22 August 2018 the kids cast comprise Albert Atack (10 years old from Sheffield), Amos Mayland (10 years old from Cornwall) and Oscar Rice (11 years old from London) who will play Zack; Jamal Ahmed (12 years old from Surrey), Jasper Bew (11 years old from London) and Nayan Gupta (10 years old from Sheffield) who will play Freddy; Noah Gupta-Wright (12 old from London), Alfie Humphreys (11 years old from Bedfordshire) and Tom Kochalski (12 years old from South Wales) who will play Lawrence; Carys John (10 years old from Wiltshire), Amelie Leatherland (12 years old from Brighton) and Ellie Wilcox (11 years old from Essex) who will play Katie; Jack Gale (11 years old from Hertfordshire), Jakub Kopec (11 years old from Surrey) and Jensen York (12 years old from Warwickshire) who will play Billy; Amelie Green (11 years old from London), Anya Hewett (10 years old from County Durham) and Éibhleann Rose McCormack (10 years old from West Sussex) who will play Summer; Kaylah Black (12 years old from London), Sara Sheen (12 years old from Manchester) and Charis Claresta Tetteh (12 years old from Essex) who will play Tomika; Adam Djazel (10 years old from London), Harley Gallacher (12 years old from Kent) and Stanley Voss (11 years old from Buckinghamshire) who will play James; Calypso Bailey (12 years old from Essex), Ellie Kit Jones (10 years old from London) and Shani Roberts (10 years old from Essex) who will play Marcy; Harry Linacre Brown (10 years old from London), Charlie Gallacher (12 years old from Kent) and Samuelle John-Brown (12 years old from Buckinghamshire) who will play Mason; Jasmine Brightmore (11 years old from London), Lia Summer Higgs (11 years old from Essex) and Shaye Temple (11 years old from London) who will play Shonelle; Zoe Coleman (12 years old from London), Aoife Connelly (10 years old from Essex) and Frankie-Mae Garner (11 years old also from Essex) who will play Sophie.
School of Rock – The Musical features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. School of Rock – The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.
Continuing the search for the opportunity to ‘join the band’, further kids open auditions will take place later this year in Plymouth on 8 September 2018, in Manchester on 22 September, in London on 17 and 18 October for musicians, and on 13 and 15 November for ensemble. Applicants need to be between 8 and 12 years old and play a rock instrument (guitar, bass, piano, and/or drums) or sing.