School of Rock starts with a recorded announcement from the show's composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, answering the obvious question about this show: Are the kids on stage really playing their instruments? The answer is an emphatic "Yes"! It's easy to see why this is spelled out in the beginning. Once these young performers get to rocking out, it would be easy to believe that the sound is actually being made by adult professionals in the orchestra pit. These kids can play!
|Theo Mitchell-Penner (Lawrence). |
© Matthew Murphy.
|Phoenix Schuman (Zack), Rob Colletti |
(Dewey), and the cast of the School
of Rock tour. © Matthew Murphy
|The high-energy cast of the School of Rock tour. © Matthew Murphy.|
Overall, it's a thoroughly enjoyable evening that shows young people rising to the occasion and coming together to create something empowering that also entertains. See it!