IT has been over three decades since Tullamore College performed a school musical.
The school was delighted to reintroduce music as a subject last year, when Aoife Gavin joined the staff.
The reintroduction of the subject has brought music back into all parts of school-life, with extra-curricular music activities such as choir and a traditional music group at lunchtimes.
This February Tullamore College students will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black.
School of Rock tells the story of debt-ridden Dewey Finn (played by Tristan Berrill), who poses as a substitute teacher in an elite, fee-paying school called Horace Green.
Shortly after discovering that the students in his class possess significant talent for playing classical music, in particular Zack (played by Mitchell Wyman), Katie (played by Ellen O’Brien), Lauren (played by Emma Fitzpatrick) and Freddie (played by Edward Bello), Dewey sets about trying to transform them into rock musicians, ready to compete in Battle of the Bands.
Faced with the challenge of keeping the Battle of the Bands secret from his fellow teachers and the parents, Dewey attempts to get on the good side of principal, Rosalie Mullins (played by Ciara Bell) – all while teaching his students the true meaning of rock.
Under the direction of Paul Norton (also director of Tullamore Musical Society’s Jekyll & Hyde), and under the musical direction of Ms Gavin, the cast, ranging from First to Sixth Years, have been rehearsing after school and at the weekend over the past few months.
Performances are taking place at 7.30 pm on February 25, 26 and 27 in St Mary’s Youth Centre, Tullamore. Tickets are on sale from the school reception.