The dawn of Rise
New American musical drama Rise is now available on Stan. Here’s a preview of the series that is based on a true life story.
What’s it about?
The 10-episode rst season tells the story of dedicated high school drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) who nds inspiration in unexpected places. This propels him into shedding his own self-doubt to take charge of his school’s lacklustre theatre department. In doing so, he galvanises not only the faculty and its students but the entire surrounding working class town. Mazzuchelli recruits a reluctant football star to appear in the department’s new musical – the controversial Spring Awakening. Who’s in it? Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli. Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez. Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe, a fellow drama teacher. Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne, the football player recruited into drama. Shirley Rumierk as Vanessa Suarez. Joe Tippett Doug Ted Sutherland Strickland. as Coach as Simon Saunders. Rarmian Newton as Maashous Evers. Taylor Richardson as Kaitlin Mazzuchelli. Marley Shelton as Gail Mazzuchelli. Casey Johnson as Gordy Mazzuchelli. True-life ties The TV series Rise is based on the 2013 non- ction book
Drama High by writer Michael Sokolove. It tells the true story of the drama faculty program that operated at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Teacher Lou Volpe revolutionised the ailing theatre program across 40 years, transforming it into a renowned and respected part of the school curriculum that went on to produce critically acclaimed productions. It attracted the attention of famous theatre producers and enabled its students to gain respect and notoriety in the wider entertainment industry.
HIGH DRAMA Lou inspires and galvanises the students.
A THEATRE REBORN From working class to critical acclaim.