STERLING — “School of Rock” will be performed by the Sterling Community Theatre (SCT) on Saturday, as well as Sept. 22-23 at the First Church in Sterling on Meetinghouse Hill Road. Evening performances take place each night at 7:30 p.m. as well as 2:00 p.m. matinees on both Saturdays.
Actors are very talented tweens and teens. Uniquely, there is a double cast playing many of the leading roles, so it will be a different experience for audiences who attend multiple shows. The performances will be accompanied by a live six-piece orchestra consisting of keyboard, guitars, bass, and percussion, conducted by the show’s Music Director Mike Hoffmann.
“Live music has high importance when producing a musical; 75% of the orchestra is played by members of another production of “School of Rock” performed in West Boylston this past year, so there was no real learning curve for them, which was very fortunate for me,” said Hoffmann. “Most important, though, is that actual actors – kids on stage – play with the orchestra at times and also as an on-stage band without any help from the pit. Some of our cast had experience with instruments and some needed to learn how to play rock music in 10 weeks.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under as well as seniors 65+. All seating is first come, first serve.
“SCT strives to provide an outreach of fellowship and cultural enrichment, centered on family and community by facilitating high quality theater arts experiences within the greater Sterling community,” said Katie Hebert, a member of the Board of Directors of Sterling Community Theatre.
It is ”the only community theater within Sterling, Princeton, Lancaster, Clinton, and Holden, adding value to these local communities who otherwise may have to travel far distances to experience live theater,” she said.
SCT was founded in 1996 by members of the First Church in Sterling, after looking at the underutilized stage in their parish hall, where the group continues to perform in a permanent residency.
After their first show “was met with surprising success” according to Hebert, SCT has produced at least one show a year for the past 27 years, and often more.
Today, SCT is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of people in the local performing arts community and First Church members, all of whom are dedicated to the achievement and the future of the community theater program.
”Community theater provides public benefit and contributes to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole. SCT seeks to cultivate an appreciation of the performing arts within this area and beyond by offering live performances, educating through experience, participating in community activities, and cooperating with other local performing arts groups and the church,” Hebert said.
Next year, SCT will be putting on three shows. A straight play will be in January 2024, followed by their annual Dessert Theatre Radio Drama in February. In September, they will do “The Addams Family: A New Musical.”
For more information or to buy tickets, go to sterlingtheatre.com.