Sell out success for School of Rock – 12/07/2017
Earlier this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to offer Schools across the country the opportunity to stage his new musical School of Rock without any royalty charges, with the intention of supporting the growth of musical theatre productions in educational settings. Knutsford Academy were excited by this fabulous opportunity and set forth to stage the show over four nights in July which all sold out.
This saw the culmination of a rehearsal process lasting just short of three months with over 60 students from Year 7 to Year 13 performing in a show stopping spectacular celebrating the power of music in education. This production marked the final performance on the Knutsford Academy stage of two Year 13 students Cerys Murray and Kai Walton, the latter celebrating his 18th birthday on the final night, before both go on to further their study of Drama and Acting at University and Drama School. Ben Moser, in the role of unconventional substitute teacher Dewey Finn received rave reviews and was boosted in the run up to the production by a visit from one of the actors playing Dewey in the West End, local born Joel Montague (pictured here with some of the cast).
Creative team Helen Mayne, Head of Performing Arts and Lisa Scott, Head of Dance were delighted with the fabulous standard of all aspects of the performance. Helen said “For the students, performing to a sell-out audience over four nights was a wonderful experience and their energy and enthusiasm was a pleasure to be around”. The Academy’s Winter production “Into the Woods” was announced to the cast on the final night and was received with great enthusiasm so after a well-deserved Summer break it will be all systems go again in Performing Arts.