‘School of Rock’ Smash Hit Sells Out

The College’s annual summer production, ‘School of Rock’, has proved to be a smash hit, playing to completely sold out audiences for the duration of the run.


Starting the week-long, five-show performance schedule, the cast played to invited primary guests in two matinee performances on 9 and 10 July. After a well-deserved, mid-week rest day, students embarked on a three night evening performance run, that saw over six hundred family members, friends and members of the local community enjoying the story of Dewey Finn, an unemployed aspiring rock musician who poses as his housemate, Ned Schneebly, as a substitute teacher at Horace Green Preparatory School. He teaches his students how to make music, learning in the process that growing up and being responsible doesn’t have to mean giving up on your dreams.

Lois Harris played Dewey Finn with Jake Herrera playing Ned Schneebly
Lois Harris played Dewey Finn with Jake Herrera playing Ned Schneebly

Year 13 student, Lois Harris, led the eighty-strong cast as Dewey Finn, with notable performances from Jake Herrera as Ned Schneebly, Ellie Jackson as Ned’s girlfriend Patty and Emily Carter as Principal Mullins.

The shows were the culmination of over six months of cast and band rehearsals; rehearsals that were well worth it, as one audience member commented: “We were enthralled! The production was amazing, the energy and enthusiasm was contagious. The dedication and time required to produce such a polished performance needed full commitment. We will be looking out for future productions!”

The fast-paced musical extravaganza was a sell-out
The fast-paced musical extravaganza was a sell-out

Team Leader of Music and Performing Arts, Rob Wilkinson, said of the shows: “It seems impossible that Newton Abbot College’s summer production could get any better than the year before….and yet, here we are. Every year I am taken back by each and every cast and crew member’s dedication, talent and passion that results in a truly brilliant run of shows. ‘School of Rock’ was incredible and every member of our College community involved in the process is worthy of high praise and thanks.”

School Of Rock Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School 11
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