Tickets to this event were generously provided by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. All opinions are my own.

Students From Our Community Shine in the Spotlight

School of Rock is the third Grand Rapids Civic Theatre musical our family has attended in 2018 and it was everything we have come to expect of their performances and MORE!  

As part of the Summer Repertory Theatre Intensive (SRTI), this musical caps off a 7-week program for students that want to act for a career or college major.

My sons (ages 8 & 11) and I attended the opening night of School of Rock, and one of the things that we loved most was seeing so many kids on stage, singing, acting and dancing their hearts out.  Their passion for performing was infectious, and it drew the whole audience into the story!

Rocking from Silver Screen to Musical Production

If its been awhile since you’ve seen the 2003 film, School of Rock follows down-and-out rocker Dewey Finn, whose desperation to make money lands him in a strange situation — posing as a fifth grade teacher at a prep school.  His dashed hopes of competing in a Battle of the Bands competition are resurrected when he learns his class is filled with talented, young musicians that he forms into a rock band.

The mom in me enjoyed the upbeat, fast-pace of the Musical — no lulls in the action meant it kept the attention of my eight-year old son. And while some of the humor went over my 8-year old’s head, my 11-year old was laughing along with the audience the whole time. My preteen’s favorite scene?  Two words: Guitar. Hero.

School of Rock Starts Great Family Conversations

A few things that I’m looking forward to talking more about as a family after seeing the musical:

  • What is something you are interested in doing that maybe you are afraid to try?
  • How can we be a cheerleader/encourager/believer in someone else?
  • Why was Dewey Finn a great teacher?  Was there anything that made him not a good teacher?

A Few More Details & How You Can See School of Rock

This was the first time I’ve noticed these, but Civic Theatre offers “Cinema Seats” for the younger crowd.  Being in the upper balcony, this came in handy for my 8-year old!

And speaking of the younger crowd, this musical is recommended for ages 13+.  There is some stronger language used throughout the performance.

If you’re looking to give your summer even more of a reason to rock, there are FOUR remaining performances of School of Rock:

  • July 28, 2 PM
  • July 29, 2 PM
  • August 2, 7:30 PM
  • August 4, 7:30 PM

Tickets range from $10-16 and can be purchased online or at the box office (30 N. Division Ave Grand Rapids).

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By | 2018-07-28T12:07:29+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|1 Comment

About the Author:

Renee Compston
Renee is Grand Rapids born & raised and takes any chance she can get to adventure around the city -- especially if those adventures lead to one of her favorite local coffee spots. Mom to four growing-too-fast kids, you can often find her facing her arch nemesis: the Laundry, or spending time in the kitchen making her family's favorite meal, The Pioneer Woman's Spaghetti Sauce. Renee loves to plan anything from a date night with her husband to a day trip to someplace new with her kids. Things she gets excited about: Antique shops, podcasts, the Enneagram.

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  1. Eddie Stephens January 14, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Carla, thank you for the wonderful review. It is encouraging to know that what we are trying to portray on stage is being received, understood, and felt. As tough as the subject matter is, is has been the privilege of my short stage career to portray such an incredible man and icon, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like LBJ, he was a complex man, but had a determination that was spiritually inspired to do what was right and just for his people. I agree with you that the entire cast does an incredible job of bringing these historical figures to life. The good, bad, and yes, even the evil.

    Thank you for helping us encourage people to come see All the Way, and be entertained, educated, and challenged.

    Sincerely, Eddie Stephens (aka Dr. Martin Luther King Jr).

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