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SCHOOL OF ROCK SA AUDITIONS (article first published : 2008-03-8)

High School learners who can sing, dance and act, are invited to audition for School of Rock SA – this year’s Unilever Young Performers’ Project.

School of Rock is a 2003 cult-movie featuring Jack Black as Dewey Finn – an ambitious rock guitarist with delusions of grandeur and not much money. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher in a posh prep school and turns a class of fifth grade high-achievers into rock and rollers to enter the local battle of the bands to win the much-needed $25,000 prize money. Written specifically for Jack Black by screenwriter/actor Mike White, this outrageously entertaining crowd-pleaser elevated him to comedy superstar status. The no-nonsense headmistress is played by Joan Cusack.

Director Themi Venturas will again produce the show this year and adapt the story for stage by transforming it into a musical. The school will now be based in South Africa and the storyline will be tweaked a little to make it more relevant to a local theatre-audience.

The 2008 Unilever Young Performers’ project is scheduled to run from July 6 to 22 this year at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. School of Rock SA follows the last seven successful Unilever Young Performers musicals: Curtain Up, One Voice, Grease, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz and last year’s Annie.

Auditions take place on March 15 at the Kwasuka Theatre on 53 Stamfordhill Road, Greyville, Corner Stamfordhill and Kent opposite Game City:

Registration is from 10h00 to 12h00 only. The audition criteria states that auditionees must be between 12 and 18 years old, able to speak English and be at high school. As this is a musical, they must be able to sing, dance and act and have a passion for performing.

They must also be available to attend weekend rehearsals until the show opens on July 6, thereafter they must be available to do the show every evening and weekend until July 22.

Singers and musicians are especially needed, as there is a band in the production. Performers who can play the following instruments will be favoured for some roles: guitar (lead), bass guitar, drums, keyboards, any brass and wind, violins, etc.

Those interested in auditioning should be at Kwasuka Theatre from 09h30 on March 15 to register and audition. If a school has a group of talented youth who would like to audition, contact the PANSA Offices for an audition time on March 15.

Further information from Coordinator Scelo Mbonambi at the Performing Arts Network of South Africa KZN (PANSA KZN) on tel/fax 031 309 5838, e-mail: kzn@pansa.org.za




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