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Class is in Session for “School of Rock” at Kelsey Theatre


Can a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher transform nerdy fifth graders at an elite prep school into contenders at the Battle of the Bands?

The answer will be revealed when Thank You 5 Productions brings “School of Rock” to the stage of Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre, July 12-21.

Dewey Finn never quite made it as a rock star, but also never gave up on his rock and roll dreams.

So when he manages to impersonate a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school — and becomes enamored with the musical talent of his students — Finn goes to work transforming a class of straight-A fifth graders into a guitar shredding, bass slapping, mind blowing rock band to compete in the Battle of the Bands. But can Dewey and his students keep this special assignment secret from parents and the school’s headmistress as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?

“School of Rock” is based on the 2003 Jack Black film, opening on Broadway in 2015 with a rocking score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The production closed in 2019 after 1,309 performances, garnering four Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Thank You 5 Productions presents “School of Rock” featuring adult actors and a talented group of young actor/musicians.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors, children and students at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - noon, at 609-570-3333.

Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.

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