Pint-size triple threat Evie Dolan has played bass-guitarist Katie in Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock—The Musical since the show opened on the Great White Way this past December. The 11-year-old NYC native has studied everything from ballet to lyrical to jazz at the Joffrey Ballet School and, more recently, at Downtown Dance Factory. She's also a natural actress and plays piano, ukulele, guitar, mandolin and saxophone. Along with the other 13 kids in the School of Rock cast, Dolan performs all eight shows per week. She took Dance Spirit behind the curtain for a look at seven days in her Broadway life. —Courtney Bowers
Have you dreamed of being on Broadway since before you can remember? This could be your chance. School of Rock (aka that hilarious old Jack Black movie with kids so cute you can't help but watch each and every time it's on TV) is coming to The Great White Way in November, and the show needs to fill some very important roles. School of Rock—The Musical is holding open auditions for kids ages 9–15 in L.A., NYC and online.
Which role do you want?
The show's audition notice specifies that hopefuls must be able to sing and act, and playing an instrument is a plus. But I'd suggest the casting agents add dance to that list, too. JoAnn Hunter is choreographing—and one glimpse at her dance-tastic resumé will make you want to jump to the front of the audition line. Hunter has performed in shows such as Thoroughly Modern Mille, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees and How to Succeed in Business..., and she was the dance captain for Chicago's revival.
And get this: Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical bigwig behind Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more, is composing the score and adapting some of the film's music for the stage.
Auditions will be held in L.A. this Saturday, January 17, and in NYC the following week. If you can't make it in person, the show will start accepting video auditions soon. Click here for details.