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Musical stars tuning up for School of Rock

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The cast of Harlequin Musical Theatre’s production of School of Rock is ready to roll. Photo supplied Jarrod Brown

The talented performers starring in Harlequin Musical Theatre’s high-energy stage production of School of Rock are ready to raise the roof.

The production hits the Howick community theatre’s stage from April 22 to May 6.

It’s directed by Robin Lane and is based on the 2003 film of the same name starring actor Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who decides to earn some extra money by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school in the US.

The theatre says Finn, played in Harlequin’s production by Josh Pinho, is disinterested in academic work and creates his own curriculum for his students, turning his class into a “guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band”.

Lane says he’s thrilled to be back at the community theatre after directing its successful season of Annie in 2020.

“This time around, however, we’re taking things to a whole new level.

“The kids in our cast are not only acting, singing and dancing, but they’re also playing all the instruments live.

“And not only is the music awesome and the show hilarious, the story holds a really important message, that the arts are for everyone, especially for our tamariki (children) to express themselves, build confidence and find their own unique voices.”

The theatre says alongside a large double cast of talented young actors, many of whom live in east Auckland, the production’s adult cast features familiar faces playing the leads including Finn, Rosalie, and in the supporting ensemble.

“They’re ready to raise the roof of Harlequin Musical Theatre in true style.

“You won’t want to miss this show, with its fantastic live kids’ rock band and loving testimony to the transforming power of music.”

School of Rock plays at Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick, from April 22 to May 6.

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