SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL
High School Production, Regional Premiere
Based on the PARAMOUNT movie by MIKE WHITE
Book by JULIAN FELLOWES Lyrics by GLENN SLATER New Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Plus the original songs from the film
Beyond the Page Theatre Company (BTPTC) at West Potomac High School opens it's 32nd Season: Beyond the Silver Screen with the Regional Premiere of School of Rock - The Musical, and they are here to rock!
In School of Rock - The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. Based on the 2003 smash hit film of the same title, School of Rock - The Musical features classic hits as well as brand new music written by Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, along with a book by Julian Fellowes. The show, directed by Laurence Connor, began on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre where it opened to rave reviews on December 6, 2015.
Critics and audiences alike have raved about School of Rock - The Musical, a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Entertainment Weekly called the show “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” Reuters notes ”ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER HAS BROADWAY ROCKING AGAIN!” The New York Times says, “BE WARNED! There’s a love story in this one.” Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses! School of Rock - The Musical also received four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Alex Brightman).
West Potomac High School's production will surely add to the show's accolades. With a richly talented cast and crew, an innovative set design, and musical performances to rival last season's Green Day's American Idiot performances, School of Rock - The Musical at West Potomac High School promises to be a worthy regional premiere. Like the theatre troupe's magical interpretation last season of another Andrew Lloyd Webber show, Starlight Express, this show will be transformative, thought-provoking, and just plain fun. Besides, you won't want to miss it because everyone knows that "One great rock show can change the world...."
And change the world they will! Taking a page from last season's award-winning success of Art That Matters, BTPTC will once again hold an art silent auction throughout the run of School of Rock. Rock-related art on display in the theater house will enhance the concert vibe for audiences with guitars that have been transformed into art pieces by the art students of West Potomac High School. These and other art pieces will be for sale at auction, with proceeds to benefit the organization Little Kids Rock, an organization with local chapters in the DC area which transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools (more info at www.littlekidsrock.org).
School of Rock - The Musical is just the beginning. Additional shows produced this season by West Potomac High School will also be based on classic movies, taking audiences beyond the Silver Screen. In January look for Night of the Living Dead, in March Billy Elliot and the BTPTC’S summer show which will be traveling to Scotland for the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rock of Ages.
MEET THE CAST, CREW AND PIT ORCHESTRA OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
Kat Amato (Mrs. Hathaway) <<<
Kat is a senior at West Potomac and is thrilled to be part of her last fall musical with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. Recently, you may have seen her skating around as part of the Electra gang in Starlight Express, an ancestor in The Addams Family, or behind the scenes as a Sound Assistant in Little Shop of Horrors. She is very excited to rock out on stage and finish the year with a bang! She would like to thank her friends, family, and castmates for an amazing last fall show. She hopes you are as excited to see the show as she is to be a part of it!
Emily Atkinson (Mrs. Wagner) >>>
Emily is a freshman at West Potomac. She is so excited to be participating in School of Rock, her first show with Beyond the Page. She is thrilled to be working alongside such an amazing group of people. Emily would like to thank the whole cast and crew, and everyone else who made the show possible. She thanks you for coming, and she hopes you enjoy!
Jonathan Barger (Ned) <<<
Jonathan is a junior and has been with Beyond the Page Theater Company through 8 shows. He is honored to be playing the incredibly fun role of Ned Schneebly and excited for this show. He hopes that every audience member leaves the show with a special memory of our cast and theater company every night!
Alanna Belmont (Shonelle, Props Designer) >>>
Alanna is a junior at West Potomac and she is enthralled to be performing in her third Beyond The Page show. She was in The Outsiders as Sandy as well a pit singer in Starlight Express. This is her first time singing on stage, and she’d love to thank Mark, Cathy and Clark for helping her grow and develop over the last year. She can’t wait for you to see all of the hard work and dedication she and her castmates have put into this wonderful show!
Aubrey Blount (Lawrence) <<<
Aubrey is a junior at West Potomac and has been working with Beyond the Page Theatre Company for many years. He is super excited to kick off his junior year playing piano on stage as Lawrence. Last year he played roles in American Idiot and The Outsiders and played keyboard in the pit for Starlight Express.
Declan Boyle (Snake/ Mr. Spencer) >>>
Declan is a junior at West Potomac and is very excited to be in his fourth show with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. He has really enjoyed working with the cast and crew of this show. He’s loved working as these characters and thinks you will love the show.
Quinn Burgard (Props) <<<
Quinn is a sophomore participating in her fifth show at West Potomac. She previously worked in costumes for Starlight Express, and she is excited to be part of the crew for School of Rock.
Emma Clark (Set Crew) >>>
Emma is a junior and participating in her fourth show for Beyond The Page Theatre Company. This is her first time doing tech for a show! She was previously seen as Marcia in The Outsiders. She is thrilled to be part of this amazing musical and talented cast.
Kayla Claussen (Lighting Designer) <<<
Kayla is a junior who has been doing lighting since the start of her freshman year. She is happy to be designing yet another show and working with all the members of the cast and crew. This will be her seventh show, and she can’t wait to do more!
Logan Claussen (Head Stage Crew) >>>
Logan is a sophomore at West Potomac and is excited to participate in his fifth show with Beyond the Page Theater Company. He worked on stage crew for American Idiot in the fall of last year and is excited to work with Beyond the Page for the rest of his high school career.
Sam Davidson (Theo/ Mr.Williams/ Bartender) <<<
Sam is going into his fifth West Potomac show. He is excited to be coming back and acting again on the stage in the Kogelman Theatre, and he is very happy to be participating in School of Rock. It is an amazingly fun production, and it is going to be an incredible experience that he cannot wait to present to the audience.
Jade DeBie (Costume/Makeup Crew) >>>
Victoria de Dios (Sound) <<<
Victoria is a sophomore at West Potomac. She has performed in two shows and has helped with sound once for Starlight Express. This is her first show running the soundboard and she is thrilled to have such a large role behind the scenes.
Adrianna DeLorenzo (Rosalie Mullins) >>>
Adrianna is a junior at West Potomac. This is her second show with Beyond the Page, but her 11th musical theatre performance. Her favorite past roles are Alysha (American Idiot with Beyond the Page) and Princess Winnifred (Once Upon a Mattress with MVCCT). She is looking forward to her role as Sherrie in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance of Rock of Ages. She is thrilled to be a part of the regional premiere of School of Rock. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Willa Denton (Ms. Magapugay/ Emo Girl 1) <<<
Willa is a freshman at West Potomac and she is thrilled to be in her first Beyond The Page show. She’s excited to be sharing the stage with her friends and putting on this amazing production! Willa would like to thank the cast, crew, all her friends, and her dog, Dexter. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Luciana Ducceschi (Mrs. Turner) >>>
This is Luciana’s first fall show at West Potomac; it is also her last fall show as she is a senior. In the past she has participated in several winter plays and spring musicals, including Spamalot, The Addams Family, and Starlight Express. She hopes that everyone enjoys the show and has as rockin' a time as she has had being a part of it.
Madison Eaton (Madison) <<<
Madison is a sophomore at West Potomac and this is her second show with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. Most recently she played the Red Caboose in Starlight Express. Madison is thrilled to be working with this amazing cast and crew and hopes you enjoy the show!
Natalie Edwards (Mason) >>>
Natalie is a sophomore at West Potomac and is overjoyed to be playing Mason in School of Rock. This is her third production with Beyond the Page Theatre Company; she has played an ensemble member in American Idiot and Wrench in Starlight Express. She loves performing up on stage and can’t wait to perform in Rock of Ages this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She is so thankful for this opportunity and hopes to be a part of even more productions in the future.
Paige Edwards (Sophie) <<<
Paige Edwards is a senior performing in her ninth Beyond the Page production. She has enjoyed every show from Spamalot to Starlight Express. When she is not acting, Paige dances and plays guitar with the West Potomac Guitar Ensemble. Paige has had many great experiences in this department and can’t wait for another amazing year of theatre!
Matt Evans (Doug/ Mr. Mooneyham) >>>
Matt is a junior at West Potomac and has been performing on the West Potomac stage since being cast in Spamalot. Last year he played Johnny in The Outsiders and roller skated in Starlight Express. He loves performing for everyone and he is thrilled for you to see the show.
Jahari Fleetwood (Pit Drummer) <<<
Jahari is an amazing drummer and junior at West Potomac. This is his first production with Beyond The Page Theatre Company and he is thrilled to be part of it.
Mari Frost (Set Crew) >>>
Mari is a sophomore and is excited to be a part of her first Beyond the Page show. In her free time she enjoys photography and learning more about technical aspects of theatre. She is looking forward to working next to such a talented cast and hopes you enjoy the show.
Kendall Grady (Emo Girl 2/ Miss Bingham/ Bartender) <<<
Kendall Grady is in 9th grade at West Potomac and School of Rock is her first show with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. She has already learned so much and is looking forward to learning more alongside her friends. She hopes you enjoy the performance!
Michaela Gravini (Pit Guitarist) >>>
Michaela is a sophomore at West Potomac. She is looking forward to playing guitar in a band like this. Michaela has been surrounded by a strong influence of music for many years.
Claire Havranek (Tomika) <<<
Claire Havranek is a sophomore at West Potomac and this is her third show with Beyond The Page Theatre Company. She was a Who in Seussical The Musical and she was Nintendo in Starlight Express. She is very excited to be playing Tomika in School Of Rock, and hopes you enjoy the show!
Austin Houck (Mr. Green/ Stanley) >>>
Austin is in 10th grade at West Potomac and School of Rock is his fourth show with Beyond The Page Theatre Company. He’s really excited to take the stage with his friends for another awesome musical, and can’t imagine a better start to the season. He hopes you’ll enjoy the show and feel like you’re a part of the band as they jam around the clock.
Helen Kitrosser (Props Designer) <<<
This is Helen’s ninth show with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. She is a senior and is honored to be a part of the regional premiere of School of Rock! She hopes you enjoy the show!
Kaylie Kopicki (Costume Designer) >>>
Kaylie is a junior and this is her sixth show at West Potomac. She loves being a part of theater, and she is really excited for School of Rock. This is her second show as costume head and she loves working with the cast and crew.
Tony Lemus (Dewey) <<<
Tony is a junior at West Potomac. This is his seventh show with Beyond the Page Theater Company. In the past season he performed as Will (American Idiot), Randy ( The Outsiders), and Dustin (Starlight Express). He is ecstatic to be in the regional premiere of School of Rock and has enjoyed working with his fellow cast members! He would like to thank his director Clark, Cathy, Mark and everyone that supports him in what he does. He hopes that you have a rockin' show!
David Lewis (Mr. Noble/ Security Guard 2) >>>
David Lewis is lost for words in this production. It’s his very first show with Beyond The Page Theatre Company at West Potomac. It’s his first show in an actual large scale production. His first experience with theatre was in 4th grade in a small Thanksgiving play. Later, he worked his way to doing more school shows in middle school. This is David's third year in theatre class and his senior year at West Potomac.
Casey Long (Ms.Travis) <<<
Casey Long is a sophomore and very happy to be participating in School of Rock. This is her second show with Beyond the Page Theater Company. Last spring she performed as The Prince of Whales in Starlight Express. She would like to thank the rest of the cast and crew in the show!
Emily Lyon (Stage Manager, Publicity) >>>
Emily is ready to rock with you during School of Rock. This will be Emily’s tenth show with Beyond The Page, including American Idiot, Starlight Express, and Next to Normal and they continue to get more thrilling every time. She is a junior and she can’t wait to do more shows in the future. She has had the best time getting to know the cast and crew throughout the creation of this production.
Tessa Madar (Marcy) <<<
Tessa Madar is a junior at West Potomac. This is her sixth show with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. She is very excited to be a part of such a fun show and has really enjoyed working with her fellow cast and crew members. She hopes you will enjoy the show!
Frankie Mananzan (Patty) >>>
Frankie is now in her senior year, and this is her 13th show acting with Beyond the Page Theater Company. She has loved being in every single one of them with all her heart. She would like to thank her parents, her director, and every single person who has joined her onstage or supported her from backstage during her run with this theater company. Finally, she hopes that you enjoy the show!
Max Marshall (James) <<<
Max is a sophomore at West Potomac. School of Rock will be his seventh show at Beyond the Page Theatre Company. Max has played Hardhead and Dustin (understudy) in Starlight Express, Ensemble in The Outsiders, and Chase in American Idiot. Max will also be performing with 18 other students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Rock of Ages. He is so excited to be part of such an amazing theatre company and can’t wait for this amazing show. He wants to thank Clark, Cathy, his mom, and his sister for all of their help with his theatre career and for allowing him to have such an amazing time performing. Enjoy the show!
John McFarlane (Mr. Sanders/ Jeff Sanderson/ Mr. Hamilton/ Ensemble) >>>
John McFarlane is a junior at West Potomac and is beyond ecstatic to be performing in his fourth show with Beyond the Page. His previous roles include Electra (Starlight Express) and St. Jimmy (American Idiot). John is super stoked to work with such amazing people to bring you this spectacular show. He would like to give a massive thank you to his battalion of parents for their support, and to Clark, Mark, and Cathy for making him a better actor. Enjoy the show or he will come find you!
Ella Moore (Set Designer) <<<
Ella is a senior at West Potomac. This is her twelfth production as a set designer and fourth year as a student in the technical theatre class. She was thrilled to be part of two Cappie award-winning set design teams from past seasons. She is extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity to be part of such a special musical. She would like to thank Clark, her family, friends, and peers for their continuous support. She hopes you enjoy this once in a lifetime show!
Elaina Phalen (Stage Manager, Set Designer) >>>
Elaina is a junior and is excited to be involved in her seventh production with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. In previous West Potomac shows she has been set designer, assistant set designer, a dancing ancestor, stage manager, assistant stage manager, head stage crew, and the violinist in American Idiot.
Sheridan Phalen (Mrs. Woodard/ Waitress) <<<
Sheridan is a freshman at West Potomac. School of Rock is her first performance. It is thrilling to work with many of the students that are in the production. She would like to thank everyone involved in this production of School of Rock, as well as the people who support Beyond the Page Theatre Company by coming to the show.
Jonah Rashidfarokhy (Mr. Janes/ Policeman) >>>
Jonah is a sophomore at West Potomac, and this is his second role in a Beyond the Page performance. He previously played Bob in The Outsiders. He’s been absolutely thrilled to work with these beautiful people, and he can’t wait for you to come and see the show!
Becca Roberts (Costume/Makeup Crew) <<<
Lorna Ryan (Katie, Assistant Costume Designer) >>>
Lorna is a Junior and this is her seventh production with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. She recently performed as Shwartzy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cherry in The Outsiders, as well as ensemble and understudy for Whatsername in American Idiot. Lorna has been playing bass for 2 to 3 years and she is thrilled to play bass live on stage. She is happy for the opportunity to be in School of Rock and can’t wait for future shows.
Valentina Selnick (Summer Hathaway/ Costume Assistant) <<<
Valentina is a sophomore at West Potomac, and this is her fourth production with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. This is her first time performing since sixth grade, and she is so excited to return to the stage! She hopes to be part of many more productions in the coming years, both as an actress and a technician. She wants to thank the wonderful cast and crew of School of Rock for being extremely supportive and loving, and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Jason Seiler (Pit Guitarist) >>>
Jason is a senior. He plays guitar in the West Potomac Guitar Ensemble. He is pretty happy about being part of the show.
Luke Simonsen (Billy) <<<
Luke is a junior at West Potomac and has loved working with Beyond the Page Theater Company in the past. He has been doing theater for several years now and has loved every opportunity he has gotten. He recently did stage crew for Into the Woods and was a supporting character in The Miracle Worker at ACCT. He cannot wait for everyone to see the show!
Juliana Sprague (Ms. Sheinkopf) >>>
This is Juliana’s senior year of high school, and she can’t think of a show she’d rather be a part of as her last fall musical. This is her fourth show with Beyond the Page Theater Company, and she is so glad to be working with this talented and wonderful cast. There’s no way you can stop the School of Rock, so please enjoy it!
Jessica Steadman (Lighting Designer) <<<
Jessica is a junior who has been with Beyond The Page Theatre Company since freshman year. She has been a part of the majority of the shows for the past two years. She is excited to be designing another show, and working with the wonderful cast and crew.
Josh Stein (Freddy) >>>
Josh is a junior and is thrilled to be in his first production with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. Not only does he love to do theatre and play the drums, he also plays piano and dances. Some of his favorite roles include, Leo Bloom in The Producers, Prez in The Pajama Game, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He is thankful to all of his directors and teachers, his parents, and all of his friends for getting him to where he is today.
Josh Turner (Gabe Brown/ Bob/ Mr. Sandford) <<<
Josh is a junior at West Potomac. This will be his fifth show with Beyond the Page. He has performed in The Outsiders, Addams Family, and American Idiot. He will be traveling to Scotland with the company this summer to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival production of Rock of Ages. He is very excited to get the chance to perform in the regional premiere of such a fantastic show.
Lily Vita (Publicity) >>>
Julia Weichlein (Set Crew) <<<
Julia is a sophomore and is thrilled to be participating in her first production with Beyond the Page. During her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, and playing the piano. She is excited to be working with an extremely talented cast, and can’t wait for future productions!
McKenna Wirth (Ms. Gordon/Security Guard 1) >>>
McKenna is very excited to be performing in School of Rock, her first show of junior year. Her past productions have included Starlight Express, The Addams Family, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She loves this show and hopes you enjoy it as much as she has!
Jacques Worth (Pit Bass) <<<
Jacques is a freshman at West Potomac. He is looking forward to sharing his musical talent in School of Rock.
Julian Worth (Zack Mooneyham) >>>
Julian is a junior at West Potomac and is thrilled to be a part of such a talented cast--and band. This is his sixth musical theatre performance and his third opportunity to play guitar with Beyond the Page Theatre Company. He started doing community theatre at an early age, but his love of theatre has only grown over the years. He would like to thank his parents, Clark, and everyone else involved in the show for their support.