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On Stage: Class is in session for FSTC's "School of Rock The Musical: Youth Production"

Promotional poster for the First Stage Theatre Company production of "School of Rock The Musical: Youth Production" (Courtesy: FSTC)

The First Stage Theater Company is setting up the mics, tuning up its instruments and firing up the spotlights for its production of "School of Rock The Musical: Youth Production."

Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, the story follows out-of-work rock singer Dewey Finn. Desperate for a job, he pretends to be a substitute teacher at a highly-regarded prep school.

Dewey quickly recognizes his students' musical talent and organizes a class of fifth graders to form a group to try and win a Battle of the Bands contest.

"I've loved this show since it came out last December," Marshall Gibbs (Dewey Finn) said. "And I would like listen to the soundtrack on repeat constantly. So, this is one of my favorite shows, it means a lot. Jack Black is one of my inspirations."

This is the only show in the history of First Stage to include actors playing musical instruments live during the performance.

"It's definitely nervous because I'm not sure I'm going to do as well as I think," George Kinley (Zack Mooneyham) said. "But it's very exciting because if I can pull it off it will be amazing."

"It's an added level of difficulty but the kids are amazing," Chuck Minsker (Director) said. "To see them up there playing instruments and singing and dancing and doing all that stuff together, it's just a lot of fun."

The First Stage Theatre Company presents "School of Rock The Musical: Youth Production"
Based on the Paramount movie by Mike White. Book by Julian Fellows, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus the original songs from the film.
Directed by Chuck Minsker, Music directed by Mark Smith
Thur - Sat., Nov. 10-12 at 7:30pm
Matinees Sat and Sun, Nov. 12-13 at 2:30pm
Huntington High School, 1 Highlander Way, Huntington, WV
$12 Adults / $8 for children (age 12 and under) and senior citizens
www.firststagetheatre.org
304-416-KIDS (304-416-5437) (Reserve tickets by calling and leaving a message)



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