West End’s School of Rock extends run until January 2019

The Cast of School of Rock with Gary Trainor. Picture: Tristram Kenton

School looks set to stay in session for at least two more years with the announcement of a fourth extension to the West End run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical.

Now booking until 13 January 2019 at the New London Theatre, the production team also confirmed the dates for the next round of auditions to find new young performers to join the band.

Young hopefuls will be able to attend open auditions in Liverpool on 23 September and in London on 20 and 22 November. Auditionees should be aged between eight and 12 years old and be able to play drums, keyboards, or guitar.

The successful youngsters will follow in the footsteps of the original ‘kids’ cast who collected the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music earlier this year and the newest classmates who are due to  begin in the show later this month. Three teams of 13 young performers make up the band.

From 26 August 2017, the ‘kids’ cast comprises: Jacob Swann (12 years old from London), Annabel Gracey (12 years old from Bradford) and Siam Elvidge (10 years old from West Yorkshire), who will all play Freddy.

Santiago Cerchione (12 years old from London), Phoenix Taylor (11 years old from York) and Jack Goodacre (12 years old from Norfolk) will share the role of Zack.

Playing the role of Katie will be Eliza Cowdery (11 years old from Hampshire), Imogen Bowden (11 years old from London) and Audrey Newman (ten years old from London); while Cole Lam, (ten years old from Surrey), Milano Preston (12 years old from Hertfordshire) and Johnny Evans-Hutchison (14 years old from London) will share the role of Lawrence.

Joseph Black (ten years old from London), Harry Vallance (12 years old from Essex) and Archie Lewis (12 years old from Surrey) will play Billy; Aaliyah Monk (11 years old from Suffolk), Stella Haden (11 years old from Birmingham) and Caoimhe Judd (13 years old from Essex) will play Summer.

Sharing the role of Tomika will be: Tia Figgett (11 years old from East Sussex), Jasmine Sakyiama (11 years old from Milton Keynes) and Nerys Obeng (10 years old from London); while Nathan Reeve (12 years old from West Sussex), Stanley Jarvis (12 years old from London) and Josh White (11 years old from Worcestershire) will play James.

Alex Stuckey (10 years old from Essex), Charlie Vyacheslavov (11 years old from Berkshire) and Dylan Miles-Davis (13 years old from Bradford) will play Matthew; Ellie Wilcox (10 years old from London), Romanie Jija-Wakeham (nine years old from London) and Grace Wood (11 years old from Surrey) play Marcy.

Cody Molko (11 years old from London), Austin Kindler (11 years old from London) and Nicolas Ong (12 years old from Buckinghamshire) play Mason; Saffron Pennycooke (11 years old from London), Aaylia Rose (nine years old from London) and Miami Holness (10 years old also from London) will play Shonelle; and Teri Ofon (11 years old from Surrey), Navaeah Hoath (10 years old from London) and Darcy Dennis (10 years old from Kent) will play Sophie.

The youngsters will share the stage with the current adult cast headed by Gary Trainor as Dewey Finn with Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.

The ‘grown-up’ cast is completed by Stephen Leask as the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Andrew Spillett, Alex Tomkins and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg Jones, Alfie Parker and Tasha Sheridan.

The show features music from the hit 2003 film as well as new works written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

The piece was the first new musical from a British composer and producer to make its debut on Broadway when it received its world premiere in November 2015.

School of Rock – The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.

Last month School of Rock helped Andrew Lloyd Webber become the first composer in 60 years to have four shows on Broadway since Rodgers and Hammerstein. Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera on the Great White Way in February.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are available HERE.

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