I DON'T have an ounce of musical talent in my body. I couldn’t even play Three Blind Mice on the recorder at school, although I once managed to play Jingle Bells on an electronic organ.

The kids in School of Rock – which is being performed at Mayflower Theatre this week - thankfully are nothing like me, instead they are absolutely astonishing!

The sheer talent on stage was incomparable, and they really did Stick It to the Man with their show-stealing performance, where they dance, sing and play their own instruments. Absolutely outstanding stuff.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatrical version of the 2003 film of the same name, starring Jack Black, retains the story from the hit comedy, as it follows Dewey Finn, failed rock star come supply teacher, who is somehow working at a prestigious prep school.

Dewey is played by Jake Sharp, and although he is no Jack Black – to be fair, he isn’t trying to be, his energy on stage, and the connection he has with his young co-stars makes for a pretty perfect fit – he is talented, charismatic and his comedic timing is faultless.

Rebecca Lock plays school principal, Rosalie Mullins, and her rendition of Where Did the Rock Go was simply stunning, and showed the range of her voice off flawlessly.

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But, I’m not sure anyone’s performance could outshine these kids – this show really is all about them, and they fully deserve it.

They are passionate far beyond their years, full of sincerity and conviction, and fantastic to watch!

The children in the cast alternate roles throughout the show’s tour, and every single member of the company seen in the first night performance was truly exceptional.

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And, far, far cooler than the current temperatures outside!

  • School of Rock runs until Saturday (July 23). Tickets are on sale now from mayflower.org.uk or by calling 023 8071 1811.


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