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Friday, November 11, 2016

You Can't Stop "The School of Rock!"

The School of Rock takes the stage this weekend (for one weekend only) at the (new) Huntington High School auditorium, and you can read more about the show in today's Herald-Dispatch in this excellent article by my pal Dave Lavender.

   You can also see more photos (like the ones here by Larry Butcher) at this photo gallery.

   Here's an excerpt from the story:


   You'll be happy to know the Pledge of Allegiance is back in schools.
   But this isn't your grandpa's first-thing-in-the-morning-flag-pledge - this week the all-star theater kids in Huntington's First Stage Theatre Company will be pledging allegiance to "the band" as they kick out the jams for the West Virginia premiere of School of Rock.
   Made famous in 2003 by Jack Black, the runaway hit movie musical gets a local twist as First Stage Theatre Company premieres the youth production of School of Rock at Huntington High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13. Tickets are $8 for students (age 12 and under) and senior citizens, and $12 for adults.
   For First Stage, the production is epic on a couple levels. First off this is the West Virginia premiere of the rock musical, and it is the first time students have played their own instruments on stage.
   Chuck Minsker, who directs School of Rock, said the production owes a tip of the hat to famed Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who made sure youth theater groups got the first crack at performing School of Rock while it's running on Broadway. Webber composed 14 new songs for the Broadway musical, which was based on the Richard Linklater-directed Paramount film which starred Jack Black.


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