School of Rock


Writers: Julian Fellowes Andrew Lloyd Webber Glenn Slater


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Based on the Play/Book/Film
School of Rock (2003 film)
Number of Acts
First Produced
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Horace Green School, America, Present Day
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Musical Staging
Ideal for
High School, Professional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, child, early teen characters


Based on the hit 2003 film, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who is down on his luck. After Dewey is kicked out of his band, and threatened with eviction, his fortunes take a turn for the better when he intercepts a phone call meant for his flatmate, Ned Schneebly. He quickly decides to make a bit of cash and pose as Ned to take up a supply teaching post at Horace Green, a prestigious prep school. He is horrified to discover that his straight-laced and straight-A students haven’t a clue about rock and roll, and he makes it his mission to educate them. Dewey realizes they are a talented bunch and he decides to mold them into a rock band and enter the upcoming Battle of the Bands competition. However, he needs to do all of this away from the prying eyes of the school’s principal, Rosalie Mullins. Along the way, Dewey finds romance, self-worth, a proper job, and, most importantly, he teaches the children and their parents the beauty of rock!

Lead Characters

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