If you ever doubted how talented children could be the School of Rock: The Musical will prove to you that even big things really do come in small packages. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s adaptation of the film is both brilliantly crafted and showcases a range of fabulously talented individuals who bring to life the much loved film that graced our screens back in 2003. Brent Hill takes on the main character of Dewey and just like in the film takes his best friends job at a posh well-to-do school where the kids are more interested in learning than playing and as we relive the tale through this on-stage performance we are given insight into the hilarious mishap that is a love story turned coming of age story turned rebellious “stick it to the man” story that teaches us that life is too short to not follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

As Dewey moves through his days at Horace Green school he begins to wonder how he can ever begin to relate to his newly appointed pupils but after hearing their musical abilities he concocts a plan that not only helps him relate to the children but also lets him live his dream of beating his old band at the infamously popular Battle of the Bands. After a show-stopping scene of talented children showcasing their musical abilities the band is formed and as he further develops his plan, and works through a range of issues from his new boss, the stern head-mistress to “fitting in” with the more than uptight, “follow the rules” typed colleagues it seems as if everything is going to plan, until the try-outs where the band makes it to the venue too-late. After some convincing and a little stretch of the truth the plants back in action and as the kids spend their days “learning” through song all that is left to do is convince the school to let them take an off-campus trip. Playing to his strengths Dewey offers the head-mistress a night out after finding out her “wild-side” behaviour and convinces her to let them take the trip, but concedes to helping the parent-teacher interviews and making sure everything goes off without a hitch. After the final touches are added to the performance and school is out for the day we are set for the big finale, until the plan unravels with Dewey’s new girlfriend revealing to the students parents that he’s an imposter and not even a real teacher. After a fight brakes out in the class-room and the “teacher” makes a run for it the adults realise the kids are nowhere to be found, and well the rest is rock history, filled with a musical tune you won’t get out of your heads, a performance you won’t soon forget and a moment that teaches us far more than any other moment in the play.

If you haven’t yet gotten yourself to the rocking-est show in town School of Rock:The Musical has shows at Her Majesty’s Theatre long into the New Year! The fun-for-all-ages show is not to be missed though so make sure you plan ahead and get yourself off to see just why critics everywhere are loving this high-intensity rock show that is proving the children are the future…