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School of Rock - cast changes announced

Craig Gallivan (Dewey Finn). Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Casting news

CAST changes have been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning production of School of Rock – The Musical, which is now booking at the newly named Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre) until October 20, 2019.

From August 22, 2018, Craig Gallivan will lead the cast in the role of Dewey Finn with Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins, Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty DiMarco and Jake Sharp as Dewey Finn at certain performances.

The adult cast is completed by John Addison, Nick Butcher, Rob Falconer, Martina Isibor, Claudia Kariuki, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Richard Morse, Andy Rees, Hannah Stratton, Alex Tomkins and James Wolstenholme with swings Paul Kemble, Jessica Kirton, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris and Andy Prosser.

Joining the adult cast are three teams of twelve kids, who make up Dewey’s band, and play live at every performance.

From August 22, 2018, the kids cast comprise Albert Atack, Amos Mayland and Oscar Rice who will play Zack; Jamal Ahmed, Jasper Bew, and Nayan Gupta who will play Freddy; Noah Gupta-Wright, Alfie Humphreys and Tom Kochalski who will play Lawrence; Carys John, Amelie Leatherland and Ellie Wilcox who will play Katie; Jack Gale, Jakub Kopec and Jensen York who will play Billy; Amelie Green, Anya Hewett and Éibhleann Rose McCormack who will play Summer…

…Kaylah Black, Sara Sheen and Charis Claresta Tetteh who will play Tomika; Adam Djazel, Harley Gallacher and Stanley Voss who will play James; Calypso Bailey, Ellie Kit Jones and Shani Roberts who will play Marcy; Harry Linacre Brown, Charlie Gallacher and Samuelle John-Brown who will play Mason; Jasmine Brightmore, Lia Summer Higgs and Shaye Temple who will play Shonelle; and Zoe Coleman, Aoife Connelly and Frankie-Mae Garner who will play Sophie.

Craig Gallivan (Dewey Finn). Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

As well as the show entering its third year in the West End, in October this year an Australian production of School of Rock – The Musical will open at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. The Broadway production continues at the Winter Garden Theatre and the US national touring production is currently booking to September 2018.

Continuing the search for youngsters to ‘join the band’, further kids open auditions will take place later this year in Plymouth on September 8, in Manchester on September 22, in London on October 17 and 18 for musicians, and on November 13 and 15 for ensemble. If you are between 8 – 12 years old and play a rock instrument (guitar, bass, piano, and/or drums) or sing, registration and further details can be found by contacting Jessica Ronane Casting at rock@jessicaronane.com or at uk.schoolofrockthemusical.com/auditions/.

Images: Craig Gallivan (Dewey Finn). Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.