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Rocking into Newcastle: School of Rock Hits the Stage for Six Epic Shows Only!

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Image: Hunter Drama

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning smash hit musical premiered on Broadway in 2015 and has since been seen on stages around the globe.


These July holidays, School of Rock is coming to Newcastle for the very first time for just six amazing shows!

Based on the hilarious hit movie, this rocking musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, face-melting rock band – sensationally performed by a LIVE rock band of talented young musicians!

But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without being discovered by their parents or the school headmistress?

Introducing a cast of 22 incredible emerging artists from Hunter Drama, many of whom will rock out on their instruments live on stage; this will be a laugh-out-loud, pumping, dance-in-the-aisles spectacle. Supported by a large cast of 19 professional performers, including James Chapman (Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia) in the lead role of Dewey Finn, Tayla Choice (Superstars, Wicked) playing Roseline Mullins, Nick Langthorne (Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys) as Ned Schneebly and Lizzy Lindus

(Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical) as Patty Di Marco, the adult ensemble also includes audience favourites Marty Worrell (Superstars, Chess), Alana Wilson (Chess, Rock of Ages) and Nerida Walker (Billy Elliot, Oliver).

The combination of aspiring student performers working alongside some of Newcastle’s finest adult performers is creating magic in the rehearsal studio, according to Lauren Harvey, the Director.

“You can feel the energy shift in the room when the cast is all together. There is a mutual respect from both parties. For the adults, their professionalism and skillset, but also for the kids, their incredible energy and how quickly they learn and adapt."

Hunter Drama’s production of School of Rock will take over Civic Theatre Newcastle from the 18 to 20 July. Tickets are on sale now. Visit for more information.


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