Rock of Ages puts stu­dents on stage for the rock era

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

The stu­dents of Te Awa­mutu Col­lege present Rock of Ages (High School Edi­tion) from Wed­nes­day, June 20 to Satur­day, June 23.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hol­ly­wood, and the party has been rag­ing hard.

Hair­spray, ly­cra and heavy metal flow freely at one of the Sun­set Strip’s last leg­endary venues, The Bour­bon Room, a place where leg­endary rocker Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up for their chance at an au­to­graph.

Amid the mad­ness, as­pir­ing rock star (and res­i­dent toi­let cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing, and longs for small-town girl Sher­rie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes.

But the rock and roll fairy­tale is about to end when Ger­man de­vel­op­ers sweep into town with plans to turn the fa­bled Strip into just another cap­i­tal­ist strip mall.

Can Drew, Sher­rie, and the gang save the strip — and them­selves — be­fore it’s too late? Only the mu­sic of hit bands Styx, Jour­ney, Whites­nake and more hold the an­swer.

The cast is led by Te Ka­pa­manawakii Crown as the all-see­ing, all-rockin’ nar­ra­tor Lonny Bar­nett.

As­ton­ish­ingly, Crown is new to the stage but car­ries huge star pres­ence.

Also new to the stage is Mikey Jor­dan as old rocker and owner of the Bour­bon Room, Den­nis Dupree.

Mikey’s soul­ful voice packs a punch as do his witty one-lin­ers.

Adri­ana Vas­inca and Lach­lan Ooster­man daz­zle on stage as as­pir­ing star­lets and ro­man­tic leads Sher­rie and Drew.

Rock of Ages also stars Han­nah Dale as righ­teous ac­tivist Anita Bath, Abi­gail Camp­bell, as the evil cor­po­rate in­vestor Hilda Kline­mann and her hap­less son Franz, played by Sea­mus McGrath. Ocean Pel­ton stars as the abom­inable rock star Stacee Jaxx and Re­nee Gib­son as mother to lost souls, Jus­tice Char­lier.

With a sup­port­ing cast of more than 60 stu­dents, a live rock band and a crew of dozens more, this is one en­ergy-fu­elled per­for­mance.

Te Awa­mutu Col­lege staff and stu­dents have ded­i­cated hun­dreds of hours of time, and a fair pinch of blood, sweat and rock n’ roll — in­clud­ing an in­ten­sive three day re­hearsal, cos­tume mak­ing and set build dur­ing the Term One Elec­tives pe­riod.

Di­rec­tor is Kylie Wil­lock, joined by as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Carli Last.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor is Bob Hollinshead and as­sis­tant mu­si­cal di­rec­tor is Ge­orge Brooks.



If you’re look­ing for Nothin’ But a Good Time, Don’t Stop Believin’ tick­ets are on sale now at Te Awa­mutu Col­lege Stu­dent Cen­tre.

Book now. Seats are lim­ited. Adults $15, chil­dren $10 and a fam­ily ticket (three chil­dren, two adults) is $45.

The Fi­nal Count­down is on Wed­nes­day, June 20 to Fri­day, June 22: 7pm. Satur­day, June 23: 1pm and 7pm. is Te­upoko

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