Theater in the Park presents the musical “School of Rock” July 1-9. The movies are also back in the park!
Dewey Finn gets kicked out of his band and fired from his job at a record store, so what does he do? Become a substitute teacher in a formal private school and create a rock band with his students!
It’s the story of the hit movie ‘School of Rock’ starring Jack Black – and now the musical version will rock the stage at the Theater in the Park from Friday July 1st to Sunday July 4th. Four additional performances will continue the following week: Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, July 9.
Curtain time for all OUTDOOR productions is 8:30 p.m.; the box office opens at 7 p.m. and the seating bowl opens at 7:30 p.m. Never in TIP’s history has the entire OUTDOOR season featured all of the top productions on its stage at Shawnee Mission Park.
This rock show begins with Dewey, out of luck, intercepting a call for his roommate Ned to come and be a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Mann School. Dewey pretends to be Ned, creates the character of Mr. Schneebly, and takes the job. Late and ill-prepared for his first day in class, Dewey struggles with the rigidity of school. One day, Dewey hears music from another class and learns that his seemingly stuffy students are actually playing instruments. And after? Dewey decides to start a music band with his students in order to participate in an upcoming Battle of the Bands. “School of Rock” takes flight and demonstrates the transformative power of music.
“This show is full of CRAZY talented young people,” said Tim Bair, TIP’s Production Artistic Director. “Most people are probably familiar with the premise and expect to hear a ‘kids band’ play a tune. Well, get ready! This ‘kids band’ knocks it out of the park!”
The TIP production is directed and choreographed by Kacy Christensen with veteran music director Marsha Canady leading the charge with this hip, raucous score featuring new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Robert Hingula headlines “School of Rock” as Dewey Finn. Hingula is a TIP veteran who is remembered for playing the title role in “Sweeney Todd” and “Shrek,” as well as other productions across the subway.
“I had the good fortune to work with Robert a few seasons ago, and this show is, like SHREK (from our 2016 season) a real tour de force for any actor,” Bair said. “It’s no surprise to me, Robert is fantastic!”
By day, Hingula is an attorney with the Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli, but loves to spend her evenings performing. A seasoned guitarist, who will be obvious to audiences attending “School of Rock”, Hingula is joined on stage by fellow TIP veteran Alyson Golladay (“Into The Woods”, “The Full Monty”).
Hingula and Golladay are joined by several talented adults and children in various roles, including Ryan Peterson (Lawrence), Izzy Fugazotta (Katie), Ava Greenberg (Freddy) and Eli Aikman (Zack), all of whom play instruments on the show in addition to sing and dance! It’s a family affair for the Arnott clan of TIP’s “School of Rock” company. Stage manager Don Arnott has his two grandchildren on stage with Abby and Ryan Peterson and their father Mike Peterson. Arnott’s son-in-law, Mishi Schueller, and his nephew David Thompson are also part of the business. The family that plays together, stays together!
After “School of Rock”, TIP’s summer lineup continues with:
“Zombie Prom” – July 15-23, rated PG, directed by Emily Vargo
“The SpongeBob Musical” – July 29-August 6, rated PG, directed by Guy Gardner
The second Saturday of each production is a sign language interpretation performance.
Movies are free this summer!
Thanks to Arvest Bank, JE Dunn Construction and Johnson County Parks and Recreation Foundation are sponsoring the program this year and all movies are free! And we’ve expanded locations to include Meadowbrook and Heritage Parks. Movies
Movies at the Theater in the Park include (doors open at 8 p.m.; movies start between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.):
Tuesday, July 5: “Disney’s “Mary Poppins” (rated G)
Tuesday, July 19: “Elf” (rated PG)
Tuesday, August 2: Disney’s “Encanto” (rated PG)
Sunday August 7: Evening in the Park, TBA film
Friday, August 12: “Clifford the Big Red Dog (rated PG)
Friday, August 19: “cars” (rated G)
Movies at Meadowbrook Park (9101 Nall, Prairie Village, KS on the Great Lawn)
Friday, August 26: “A Bug’s Life” (rated G)
Friday, September 30: “Zootopia” (rated PG)
Movie at Heritage Park (16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, KS, near Shelter #1):
Friday, October 28: “Monsters, INC.” from Disney Pixar. (rated G)
Tickets for the OUTDOOR shows are on sale now. TIP OUTDOOR tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4-10) plus tax, and children three and under are free (ticket required for entry). Reserved spaces and parking are also available; TIP is a program of Johnson County Parks & Recreation District and is the nation’s largest community theater. TIP produces eight musicals a year with a company of artists, directors, musicians, designers and employees in the Kansas City metropolitan area for more than 40,000 customers, furthering its mission to improve the quality of community life by providing a variety of entertainment programs through public and private programs. partnerships. TIP sponsors for the current season include AdventHealth and FNBO.
CAST OF “SOMETHING ROTTEN”
(Character, performer’s name, city of residence)
Rosalie – Alyson Golladay, Kansas City, Missouri
Dewey-Robert Hingula, Kansas City, Missouri
Ned – Paul McArdle, Merriam
Patty – Emma Cahoone, Gardner
Shonelle – Lainey McManamy, Kansas City, MO
Katie – Isabella Fugazzotto, Gladstone, MO
Marcy-Delilah Pellow, Lee’s Summit, MO
Madison – Viviana Carias, Overland Park
Mason – Ethan Suen, Overland Park
Tomika – Mia Cabrera, Overland Park
Freddy – Ava Greenberg, Warrensburg, Missouri
Zack – Eli Aikman, Mission
Billy – Matthew Lamb, Overland Park
Lawrence – Ryan Peterson, Olathe
Summer – Louisa Bartlett, Shawnee
James-Luke Pyron, Shawnee
Sophie – Grace Taylor, Prairie Village
Jean-Abby Peterson, Olathe
Theo/M. Spencer/M. Woodard – Brian Houchin, Kansas City, Mo.
Doug/M. Williams/M. Janes – Jacob R. Valle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Snake/Mr. Mooneyham/M. Green – David Thompson, Overland Park
Stanley/M. Sanford/M. Noble – David Stelting, Kansas City, KS
Gabe Brown/Mr. Neighborhood/Police – Mishi Schueller, Olathe
Bob/Mrs. Turner/Mrs. Macapugay – Whitney Armstrong, Overland Park
Ms. Hamilton/Ms. Gordon/Emo 1/Jeff – Sarah Bezek, Lenexa
Ms. Hathaway/Ms. Bingham / Waitress – Katelynn Quick-McCormick, Kansas City, MO
Mrs. Travis/Mrs. Sanders/Emo 2/Safety – Courtney Ellis, Overland Park
Mrs. Sheinkopf – Jenny Hines, Overland Park