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School of Rock Searches for Next Set of Young Stars

New York City is in need of some hard-rocking Broadway babies.

The young ensemble of Broadway's School of Rock.
The young ensemble of Broadway's School of Rock.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical School of Rock has announced plans for an open casting call for the next group of pint-size rock-and-rollers to join the Broadway cast. The open call will be held on Friday, February 26, at the Winter Garden Theatre (School of Rock's Broadway home). Auditions will begin at 10am, with sign-in beginning at 9am, and will end at 12 noon.

The casting call is open to kids of all ethnicities ages 9-12 who are under 5-feet tall and play an instrument. This audition is exclusively for girls who play bass and boys who play guitar, piano, and drums. Kids should come prepared with a headshot and résumé (if you have one). Drums, keyboard, and amps will be provided.

An online contest will offer hopefuls the chance to win a trip to New York City with a guaranteed audition slot and tickets to see School of Rock on Broadway. The creative team will select the top 10 participants for the grand prize. Three additional participants will win a one-season scholarship to The School of Rock, including three months of rock star training and an end-of-season performance.

To enter the contest, hopefuls should visit here. Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, February 15, and winners will be announced on Friday, February 19.

Based on the hit 2003 film, School of Rock tells the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school and enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands. Laurence Connor directs the new musical, featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

Alex Brightman leads the cast as Dewey Finn, alongside Sierra Boggess as Principal Rosalie Mullins. The supporting cast includes Spencer Moses as Ned, Mamie Parris as Patty, Evie Dolan as Katie, Carly Gendell as Marcy, Ethan Khusidman as Mason, Bobbi MacKenzie as Tomika, Dante Melucci as Freddy, Brandon Niederauer as Zack, Luca Padovan as Billy, Jared Parker as Lawrence, and Isabella Russo as Summer.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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