School of Rock: The Musical, the academy's latest production was performed last week to rave reviews from students, staff, families and friends. The musical follows Dewy Finn, a failed and directionless rock star who decides to pose as a substitute teacher to earn some extra money. After impersonating his teacher friend to gain some supply work in a prestigious prep school, he then turns his class of straight 'A' students into a gut busting, bass slapping, guitar-shredding mind-blowing rock band.
Bailey Yates was fantastic as lead character Dewey Finn and was supported by witty and confident performances by Maisie Davidson as super-strict Head teacher, Rosalie Mullins, Isaac Moore as the 'real' Ned Schneebly and Becky Wright who played ice-cool Patty Di Marco, Ned's girlfriend. The band 'No Vacancy' were cringingly convincing with their hilarious rendition of 'I'm too hot for you' and there were many talented performances from students playing the band, the kids and the teachers. It's clear to see that there are some stars in the making who we'll be seeing taking leading roles in future productions.
The singing and dancing was high octane and full of enthusiasm, as the students learnt to 'Stick it to the Man', but the show had some moving moments as well, including the song, 'If Only You Would Listen', in which the students touchingly reject parental dreams and tell us, "I'm not the kid you want me to be". The finale was outstanding as the whole cast joined forces to play the show's title number with roof-raising enthusiasm.