Stu­dents of rock ’n’ roll

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY LOTTE REITER

Elec­tri­fy­ing, hi­lar­i­ous and in­spir­ing are just some of the words cast and crew have used to de­scribe Hor­sham Col­lege’s up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of ‘School of Rock’.

Prepa­ra­tions have been un­der­way since Fe­bru­ary for the col­lege’s four performanc­es from Au­gust 15 to 17 at Hor­sham Town Hall.

And with less than two months left be­fore stu­dents take to the stage, they are pre­par­ing to ‘stick it to the man’ and show Wim­mera au­di­ences the im­por­tance of be­ing true to your­self.

Di­rec­tor Emily Friedrich­sen said the pro­duc­tion was an in­spir­ing story of char­ac­ter discovery through the arts and mu­sic.

“There is a re­ally strong song called ‘If Only You Would Lis­ten’ where the char­ac­ters are be­ing pushed by their par­ents to choose a cer­tain fu­ture path­way,” she said.

“But the char­ac­ters, and the par­ents, dis­cover there is more to them than their ex­pec­ta­tions – it is nice to be able to show that you don’t just have to be good at one thing.

“The lead char­ac­ter Dewey is some­one who peo­ple wouldn’t think is in­spir­ing at first, but he is able to make a dif­fer­ence and mo­ti­vate the chil­dren in un­ex­pected ways.”

Ms Friedrich­sen said her stu­dents’ pas­sion and dis­ci­pline in­spired her along the way.

“As their teacher, the best thing is that they all have such fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion skills and com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” she said.

“We have had can­cel­la­tions at rehearsals

to sup­port those stu­dents who are in other pro­duc­tions, but their level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion makes ev­ery­thing so easy.

“All of the stu­dents are very bright and ded­i­cated.”

Liam Robert­son and Os­car O’brien share the lead male role of Dewey, while year-12 stu­dent Josie Thomas takes on the fe­male lead, Ms Mullins.

Robert­son, one of many cast mem­bers to have starred in pre­vi­ous col­lege pro­duc­tions and Hor­sham Art’s Coun­cil mu­si­cals, said what made per­form­ing and the school’s pro­duc­tion spe­cial was the op­por­tu­nity to work with a group of pas­sion­ate stu­dents.

“What is great about this is the fact we get to do prac­tices twice a week with peo­ple who are like-minded and mo­ti­vated,” he said.

“It can be a strug­gle to bal­ance ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially for the year 12s, but what makes it easy is we are all work­ing to­gether and to­wards a com­mon goal.”

With tick­ets now of­fi­cially on sale, stage man­ager Jacob Creasey said he was simply ex­cited for au­di­ences to ex­pe­ri­ence an ‘elec­tri­fy­ing’ show.

“I think the mean­ing be­hind it all is to be true to your­self and who you are deep down in­side, and the mu­si­cal uses rock mu­sic to do that,” he said.

“We just want peo­ple to have a good time and take away those feel­ings of hope and hap­pi­ness from it all.”

Peo­ple can buy tick­ets from Hor­sham Town Hall box of­fice.

YOU’RE IN THE BAND: Liam Robert­son, top, and Os­car O’brien share the lead role of Dewey Finn in Hor­sham Col­lege’s pro­duc­tion of School of Rock. They are pictured with Josie Thomas, who plays Ms Mullins, dur­ing a re­hearsal. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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