School of Rock

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School of Rock can refer to a number of things, including a 2003 film[1], a 2015 stage musical, an American TV series (2016)[2],and an international music education program.

Those relevant for ESAT are:

The School of Rock music education franchise

Originally founded by Paul Green, the original School of Rock is a for-profit educational company that operates and franchises after-school music instruction schools in the United States, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, Paraguay, Taiwan, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and the Philippines.

For more on the original company, see

For more on the South African branch of the company (based in Claremont, Cape Town), see

School of Rock SA musical (2008)

A rock musical, based on the 2003 film (originally written by Mike White), created for performance by the Durban based Young Performers' Project in 2008, adzpted and directed by Themi Venturas.

Unlike the surrealism and slapstick comedy of the movie, the musical takes a more realistic look at events at Hilltop High, a private school, seeking to "speak with a South African voice" in the words of Themi Venturas. The school is in desperate need of a replacement music teacher. Barney Jones is hired, but breaks the rules to teach the kids about rock 'n roll and relieving the pressures imposed on them by academics.

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Performance history in South Africa

2008: Performed as School of Rock SA in the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban, by the Young Performers' Project. Directed by Themi Venturas, with choreography by Daisy Spencer.

School of Rock the musical (2015)

The original text

An international rock musical, also based on the 2003 film (orignally written by Mike White), it was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics) and Julian Fellowes (book). The musical had its world premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, opening on 6 December, 2015. Its West End debut was at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 14 November, 2016.

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Performance history in South Africa


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