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CVA Drama Club to present “School of Rock”

The Central Valley Drama Club will present the musical “School of Rock” at 7 p.m. Mar. 5-7 in Central Valley Academy’s Seymour Burton Auditorium. Snow dates are 2 p.m. matinees on Mar. 7 and 8.

“School of Rock” School of Rock is a rock musical based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black. The show follows Dewey Finn, a struggling rocker who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. He discovers his students’ musical talents and forms them into a rock band in an attempt to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands contest. Music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics are by Glenn Slater.

School of Rock Synopsis

Act I

Dewey Finn is a guitarist with the band “No Vacancy.” He dreams of rock and roll fame, but his life is falling apart! During a performance at the Olympic Powerhouse, he angers his bandmates when he tries to upstage the lead singer with an improvised solo (“I’m Too Hot for You”). The next day Dewey awakens to find his roommate and former rocker friend Ned timidly demanding rent at the prompting of Ned’s pushy girlfriend Patty. Dewey insists he will pay up when “No Vacancy” wins Battle of the Bands (“When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock”). Dewey heads to rehearsal to discover his antics the previous night were the last straw and he has been kicked out of the band. He heads to work at a record store, but is promptly fired for being late. A despondent Dewey returns home where he answers a phone call from Rosalie Mullins, principal of the most esteemed Horace Green Prep School. She is calling to offer Ned a substitute teaching position. Dewey crafts a plan: pose as Ned, accept the job, and make a little cash.

It’s Dewey’s first day at school…and he’s late. Rosalie welcomes Dewey to campus after the school sings the “Horace Green Alma Mater,” and she outlines their elite expectations (“Here at Horace Green”). Dewey meets his pupils, who have a lot of questions for their peculiar new teacher. Unfortunately, Dewey has only one item on his curriculum: recess. He returns home to find Ned discreetly playing Guitar Hero. Dewey joins in and tries to convince Ned to enter Battle of Bands with him, just like the good old days (“Children of Rock”). Their daydream implodes when Patty returns from shopping and delivers Dewey an ultimatum. He has thirty days to pay his rent or move out (“Mount Rock – Reprise”).

Dewey arrives late the next day (missing first period) and overhears Rosalie and his students singing “Queen of the Night.” Dewey suddenly feels called to start a band with the students to win Battle of the Bands. He assigns roles to each student (“You’re in the Band”). He puts Zack on electric guitar, Katie on bass, Lawrence on keyboard, Freddie on drums, Marcy and Shonelle on backup vocals, Sophie and Madison as roadies, Mason on tech, James on security, Billy on style, and Summer as manager (“You’re in the Band – Reprise”). The band is complete…almost. Tomika still hasn’t peeped a word, and Lawrence is certain he’s not cool enough to be in the band. Each student has his or her own set of problems to reckon with at home (“If Only You Would Listen”), but as they say, there’s no crying in rock and roll.

The next day, Dewey plays the students a song he wrote (“In the End of Time”) while the teachers begin speculating and complaining about the new music teacher (Faculty Quadrille). Dewey asks permission from Rosalie to take the students on a field trip, but the prospects look grim. He returns to practice (“In the End of Time – Band Practice”) and encourages the band (“Stick It to the Man”). Rosalie interrupts with bad news: the school administration denied permission for the field trip. Dewey shows the kids how to truly stick it to the man, and the band leaves for the first round of competition. The kids arrive onsite, and play their first public performance. Cue drumroll! The kids rock it out and qualify for Battle of the Bands (“In the End of Time – The Audition/Stick It to the Man – Reprise”).

Act II

The band is in full rehearsal mode (“Time to Play”), but there’s one problem: parents’ meetings fall right before the competition. In a moment of inspiration, Tomika rallies enough courage and surprises everyone with a soulful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” The band has a new front woman! Unexpectedly, Rosalie pops into the classroom to observe their work, and Dewey pretends to use his so-called ‘sing-song’ method with the students (“Math Is a Wonderful Thing”). The pressure’s on.

Dewey asks Rosalie on a date to the Roadhouse where Rosalie reveals that despite her conservative presence, she loves to rock out to Stevie Nicks (“Where Did the Rock Go?”). She then opens up about wanting to be free in spite of her position. She finally comes around and permits the field trip, and Dewey seals it with a kiss. The next day at breakfast, Patty excitedly relays a letter to Ned from Horace Greene and quickly leaves for work. Ned discovers it’s a payment from the school and is just about to call the school to clear up the mistake when Dewey realizes it’s time to face the music.

Parents’ meetings are about to begin while the band learns a new song Zack has been playing around with (“School of Rock – Band Practice”). Their parents stumble upon them just as the kids find their groove, and are shocked that their kids have traded in their books for music. Dewey reminds the parents how incredible their kids actually are. At that very moment, Patty (who learned about Dewey’s substitute teaching from Ned) breaks through the door to reveal Dewey’s true identity. The parents confront Dewey (“Dewey’s Confession”), but the kids won’t be stopped: they secretly head over to compete at Battle of the Bands. Mason informs Rosalie that the kids don’t care about Dewey’s real identity. All they care about is that he taught them that rock could set them free. Meanwhile, a busload of kids arrive at the apartment to convince Dewey that he’s changed their lives (“If Only You Would Listen – Reprise”). Dewey knows he has to follow through and leaves with Ned to watch the kids rock it out.

The school band arrives late (“I’m Too Hot for You – Reprise”), and Dewey decides that they should play the song that Zack wrote, even though the band has barely practiced it. Dewey reminds them performing is not about playing perfectly, it’s about rocking out with all your heart. The parents arrive and watch the concert from the back of the venue (“School of Rock”). The stage is set, the volume is cranked up high, and the kids are ready. With every bit of heart and soul, the School of Rock delivers a performance that wins over the crowd. And the winner of Battle of the Bands is…No Vacancy. A rowdy crowd erupts in support of the kids, calling them back to the stage for an encore (“Stick It to the Man – Encore”). The School of Rock passes with flying colors. Class dismissed (“Finale”)!

Adapted from The Musical Company (www.concordtheatricals.com)

Promotional poster with headshots of actors

School of Rock Cast of Characters

(In order of appearance)

Dewey Finn: Ryan Talarico^

No Vacancy:

Theo: Will Slentz
Bob: Michael Conley
Doug: Michael Shafer
Snake: Ethan Parkhurst

Ned Schneebly: Kyle Moulton*
Patty: Madison Campagna
Stanley: Rew King*
Rosalie Mullins: Madilyn Thomas*

The Kids:

Freddie Hamilton: Josh Clanton*
Zack Mooneyham: Dan Paddock*
Katie Travis: Kara Reinhardt*
Lawrence Turner: Donald Judson*
Marcy: Emma Wheet
Shonelle: Abby Overacker
Tomika: Talia Sardina*
Summer Hathaway: Amara Howard
Billy Sandford: Tyler Rando
Madison: Claire Engel
Sophie: Alexis Rando
James: Dylan Powers
Mason Ward: Michael Thorp

Parents:

Mrs. Hathaway: Sophie Hyde
Mr. Hamilton: Caleb Rose
Mr. Mooneyham: Mitchell Clark*
Mr. Sandford: Jack Michael
Mr. Spencer: Dominick Geloso
Mr. Turner: Dylan Kimbal
Mrs. Travis: Mackenzie Murphy
Mrs. Hamilton: Alyssa Burch^
Mrs. Mooneyham: Ava Judd
Mrs. Sandford: Edith Cloutier
Mr. Williams: Noah Johnston
Mrs. Turner: Audreanna Greene
Mrs. Ward: Ryan Parks

Teachers:

Mr. Barry: Mitchell Clark*
Gabe Brown: Jack Michael
Mr. Bunce: Tiernan McManus
Ms. Childs: Sophie Hyde
Mr. Cooper: Michael Scoutten
Mr. DePalma: Ethan Parkhurst
Ms. Dewey: Caitlyn Johnson
Mr. Ford: Rew King*
Ms. Freud: Caroline Nicolette
Mr. Gates: Anthony Carrock
Mr. Green: William Slentz
Mr. Kaepernick: Michael Conley
Mr. Keeler: Caleb Rose
Ms. Kramas: Sierra Rando
Ms. McHale: Sara Wood
Ms. Monet: Cheyanne Redner
Ms. Nightengale: Sierra Howard
Ms. Nitti: Kiley Ball
Mr. Noble: Michael Shafer
Ms. Sheinkopf: Madilyn Engel

Students:

Carsen Boucher
Caoimhe Casey
Elijah Chandler
Ryan Clanton
Alex Duga
Jason Keeler
Hannah Morey
Keegan Moss
Abby Paddock
Andrew Priola
Dylan Shafer
Autumn Tayler
Courtney Wright
Isabella White

Waitress: Madilyn Engel
Bar Tender: Rew King*
Jeff Sanderson: Tiernan McManus
Police Woman: Caitlyn Johnson
Police Women: Sierra Rando
Security Guard: Anthony Carrock
Security Guard: Collin Dayton

*Senior