With original compositions by legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rock School following the failure of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who acted as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, in turn turned his class into a group of rock riff-shredding stars. With Australian theater alumni Brent Hill, as a loving Dewey Finn, Amy Lehpamer as a tense headmaster, Rosalie Mullins, and ensemble players 36 children from all over Australia as rock-in-training Finn athletes, there is nothing here that can't make you excited. Classes are underway and we are all ready to sway.
For Amy Lehpamer, Rock School combines his experience in classical musicals such as Music sound and High Societyand more impolite rock music, like Lloyd Webber Superstar of Jesus Christ. "This film is amazing," he said, "This is one film that has universal appeal, which is quite rare.
"This is a popular culture of ether as films and music take all the best elements of the film and put them on stage, so you get a direct aspect of watching these children perform and play instruments.
"It's very special to watch – you have to be a very hard heart not to think it's great enough."
As the principal who is sometimes stiff and misunderstood by Rosalie Mullins, a role made famous in the film by actress Joan Cusack, Lehpamer has big shoes to fill but feels she understands her character. "In essence, Rosalie is a very relatable figure," said Lehpamer. "He is the one above who we reject as very obsessed with work, rather cold and difficult to approach. That was the basis at the beginning of the film that he was almost a bit caricature. Pressure, he felt proud of the fact that he was at the top of the tree, but he also used it very much. "
You might call Rosalie Mullins very neurotic but she is also very confident about the decisions she made. The characters were introduced in a way that definitely made Lehpamer's appearance a little more fun, especially through his interaction with Dewey Finn. "He let it go," explained Lehpamer. "Not intentionally but he got to the center of his struggle and a sense of pressure."
With the composition of Atop Lloyd Webber, Lephamer felt that music greatly advanced the story with rock & nroll which entered into the arteries of children. Working with children can be unpredictable and by throwing out 36 children, it is education itself.
"This is amazing because you watch it grow literally and figuratively. The joy is to witness how quickly they take something, the way they work together.
"The thing we forget about as adults is how to learn. We think it's all determined, that we know what we know and it's hard to change – children have it as something given. They are in that frame that they don't know much and have to learn many things.
"When you work with this type of attitude, it's kind of contagious. Children advance with an open heart and an open and creative mind shamelessly. You get the purity of what children do well and this show really takes it and calls it to 11. "
Despite his widespread resume in Australian theater, Brent Hill realized he had acquired the desired role. When the decision was made to cast Hill in the role of Dewey Finn, made famous in the film by the mysterious rock star and actor Jack Black, the producers reached the jackpot. "It's a lot," he said. "His character is full of this young energy and Dewey Finn is a big hit – he must be, he is the leader of all demonic bastards."
The production challenge is what drives Hill to make his own role. "Content creators really encourage some free forms, a little improvisation. That means the show is alive. If something happens when you can run it – and because we work with children, it can't be predicted like that. "
In such a demanding role, Hill needs to attract fuel for its fire – and where it's better than feeding energy Rock SchoolYoung cast. Children will become children, but the addition of rock & # 39; nroll changes Hill's younger male friends to become bigger energy balls – and he really likes them. Hill learned as much as possible from children because he felt they might learn from him, mimicking the role models of his character.
"That is one of the things that makes me excited to start from the beginning," Hills said. "Children have high energy and rely on it as Dewey's fuel, so Dewey encourages children. They are amazing, they are fantastic. They are all rock stars. "
Rock School not only is the story of funny mistakes and an unintentional way to realize his dream of being a rock star, this is spectacular music from modern rock that empowers children and adults through music. "That's what attracted Andrew [Lloyd Webber] to the show, "Hill said. "This does not mean traditional musical theater," he said. "Don't get me wrong, puritan musicals will still get something from it, incidentally this story is about a man who lives and loves rock music."