School of Rock is an iconic movie for Jack Black fans. And now Andrew Lloyd Weber’s School of Rock–The Musical has come to the stage at Stillwater’s Zephyr Theatre. The unforgettable, 1000-seat amphitheater is located on the river next to the Stillwater Lift Bridge. And the show? The show pumps you up to “stick it to The Man!”
This is from the 2015 West End Show. With our own Reed Sigmund, you can bet you will be even more entertained.
The show follows wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who decides to earn some extra cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. He then turns his class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
-From the Zephyr Theatre Press Release
Most Photo Credits to Glen Stubb
FFTC received tickets in exchange for promotion. This review is completely my own.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Location of the performance is NOT the same as the location of the theatre. The theatre is on Main Street, and the show is in Lowell Park on the river at 201 Water St N. However, if you can’t find a place to park, you can park in the theatre lot and take a 10 minute walk along the river to the stage.
- Reed Sigmund is one of my favorite local actors, so I have seen him in many shows (mostly in at Children’s Theatre). I adore his personality and his playfulness. He brings the same playfulness that he gives to Shrek and the Grinch at CTC to Dewey Finn. (scroll down to read our quick interview with Reed)
- There are VIP seats, Reserved seats and General Admission seats. The VIP and Reserved seats definitely give you the best view, but the GA seats are fine. You may have a slightly obstructed view, but it’s minimal and it doesn’t last long.
- Age Recommendation: This is a hard one for me. School of Rock is most definitely for adults. And kids will really like it too. I want to warn you that in the first act, there were over 10 uses of cuss words including the kids using one or two and Dewey repeating the S-word. For some of you, this isn’t a huge deal. But I know that for others, it could be.
- Look for these amazing parts of the show.
- The inclusion of actors with limited access to the performing arts. One actor included has Down Syndrome, and another actor with a different disability.
- I loved listening to the kids actually play their instruments. It was incredible! Yes, there was a stage band that filled in for most of the numbers, but when it counted, the kids played “In the End of Time” themselves.
- My favorite scene was for SURE the Sneak Out. It’s fairly short, but it tickled my funny bone.
HOW TO TAKE SCHOOL OF ROCK WITH YOU
- Take Classes at Minnesota’s own School of Rock. Did you know that we have an actual School of Rock? The studios are located in Eden Prairie, Medina, and St. Paul.
- Listen to the School of Rock — The Musical soundtrack on Spotify. Click Here to Listen.
- Take in a Free Concert in a Park this summer. It may not be quite the same, but music is music!
- Go to a Free Jolly Pops Concert around the Twin Cities.
MORE FROM REED SIGMUND
What is your favorite part about playing Dewey Finn?
I love the capturing his passionate affection for freedom. When embodying the character I don’t just sense a permission, but more of a an encouragement, or even requirement, to simultaneously embrace and release every impulse I have.
Things you may want to consider as a parent.
- Long line for entry into the show. Those of us who got tickets online had to wait in a very long line to be admitted. It was totally fine. It gave us an opportunity to chat with the people who were going to see the show. But be prepared for a long, long line.
- Dress in layers for the show. And cover your ankles. I don’t know if it was biting flies or gnats, but my ankles were attacked. Plus when the sun goes down, it does get a little chilly. (just a little)
- Lots of open space behind the seats. If your kids get squirmy during the show, you can bring them to the back of the “amphitheater” and let them be more active on the open grass.
SHOW AND TICKETING INFORMATION
Show runs: July 21-25, 2022 and July 27 & 28, 2022
Tickets range in price: $22-$120
Look for more from the Zephyr Theatre in the upcoming months.