Well, we well and truly rocked the school!! Our 3 night run of ‘School of Rock’ came to a sad end last week leaving the Whole cast, band and staff with amazing memories of a wonderful show. ‘School of Rock’, at Ardor, was a real contrast in style and content to our March performance of ‘Les Miserables’ at Ignis, and drew great responses from our audiences.
Following a successful Dress Rehearsal to some of our feeder primary schools, the cast were fired up and raring to go on Wednesday’s opening night. With the exception of a few technical blips on Thursday, the cast really gave their all and sounded amazing with the strength of our Elastic Band behind them. Many members of the band were playing to an audience for the first time, although this certainly didn’t show as they played with real gusto and got into the rock spirit.
A real strength of our shows here at SBSJ is the atmosphere in the cast and this one was no
exception, with students from Yr 8 up to Yr 13 forging strong bonds and making new
friendships. It really was a true ensemble feel with cast and band working in such a professional way together, I’m sure they would put many professional performers to shame.
Sadly, for various reasons, there are no immediate plans for an SBSJ musical in the near future. However, never say never as I know it would be a real shame to let such talent go to waste without a creative outlet to allow them to shine as brightly as they did last week. To quote Dewey Finn in the show “I’m proud of you guys. We did it!”
Mrs R Voller, Head of Arts Faculty
This is just a few of the many fantastic comments we received throughout the performances:
I cannot recommend highly enough the College production of “The School of Rock”. It is BRILLIANT and a real “MUST SEE”.
"Most definitely a show to see, much better than the film and on a par with the west end version but made better by seeing the students you know performing their hearts out"!
"I really enjoyed the show last night. It was very professionally done all round".
"I hope the energy levels stay the same for the next two nights".
"Some are heading for the West End in the future".
Click here to read the review from the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre 2017/18
A School production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd., Based on the Paramount movie written by Mike White Book by Julian Fellowes Lyrics by Glenn Slater Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber