Hillside transformed into ‘School Of Rock!’

READY TO ROCK -- pupils William Stephenson, Abbie Boulton, Alice Skinner, Sian Catton and Jenson Purdy in rehearsals

READY TO ROCK -- pupils William Stephenson, Abbie Boulton, Alice Skinner, Sian Catton and Jenson Purdy in rehearsals

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YOUNGSTERS from Hucknall’s Hillside Primary School got the chance to showcase their musical talents at their end-of-year production, ‘School Of Rock’.

Over the show’s three-night run, 60 pupils entertained the audience with classic rock songs, such as Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On A Prayer’ and Bryan Adams’s ‘Summer Of ‘69’.

Based on the film of the same title, ‘School Of Rock’ tells the story of a rock star who is thrown out of his own band — but under pressure from his girlfriend to find a new job, he becomes a teacher at a school. The show culminates with a rock extravaganza.

Music teacher Ben Marshall, who described the show as “more like a rock show than a school production”, praised everyone involved in making the show a success, particularly the pupils.

He said: “It was great. We were immensely proud of them, as we always are.”

Ben, who plays in the well-known Hucknall group, Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band, says Hillside is possibly the first school to perform ‘School Of Rock’. It was chosen because everyone had enjoyed the film, which starred comic actor Jack Black.

Past productions at the school include ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Joseph’, while next year it is planning to put on a stage version of ‘Shrek’.

Ben added: “We are very excited about that. We have a feeling that we are the first primary school to have a go at ‘Shrek’.”