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).