Rock of Ages (Middle School Edition)

Rock of Ages (Middle School Edition)

by  Chris D'Arienzo

Short Musical

The Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages has had audiences dancing in the aisles the world over. Now your students can become the biggest rockstars in their schoolsRock of Ages: Middle School Edition has all the 80s rock anthems you (and your students' parents) know and love, with a fun-filled story of romance, fame, and always believin'!

Rock of Ages: Middle School Edition has been condensed to a 60-minute runtime, the book has been adjusted for appropriate content, and the rock anthems adapted for teen voices, making it a fun, easy, and cool introduction to acting and singing. 


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Rock of Ages (Middle School Edition)

Rock of Ages (Middle School Edition)

by  Chris D'Arienzo

  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

Rock of Ages: Middle School Edition has been adapted by industry-leaders iTheatrics. Specialists in adapting Broadway musicals for performance at elementary, middle and high school levels, iTheatrics has been behind wildly popular Disney JR and KIDS titles, and have worked their familiar, school-friendly theatrical magic on Rock of Ages. This squeaky clean adaptation of the winning Broadway rock musical is everything teachers, parents and kids love: a boy-meets-girl classic musical story set to an exciting and fun 80s rock soundtrack. What could be better? 





About the show

Set on L.A.'s famous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a city boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, who have both travelled to L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. This classic love story is set against the troubles at the Dupree Room, a “legendary temple of rock 'n' roll excellence”, under threat by developers of being torn down and replaced with a strip mall. The threats of closure bring legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx to town, and an opportunity for Drew to chase his dream to rock out with the best. 

Trouble brews as Drew abandons Sherrie for his dream of stardom, rock 'n' roll bad-boy Stacee lures Sherrie away, and the Dupree Room is surrendered to developers. Can Drew and Sherrie rescue their love, and can the Dupree Room be saved, before it's too late? 

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • Youth/Camp Programs

License details

  • You can license this show for a $900 flat fee. There is no seating or ticket price requirement. The license fee includes rental materials and unlimited performances up to one year.

Song Samples

Noize / Paradise / Good Time
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Sister Christian
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We Built This City
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Too Much Time
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We're Not Gonna Take It
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More Than Words / To Be With You / Heaven
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Waiting for a Girl Like You
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Dead or Alive
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Feel the Noize
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Harden My Heart / Shadows of the Night
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The Final Countdown
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Here I Go Again
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Every Rose Has Its Thorn
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Oh Sherrie
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The Search is Over
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Don't Stop Believin'
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LONNY BARNETT - the dual role of omnipotent narrator and being the secondary male lead character within the story, with a storyline that includes a bro-mance with Dennis. He is a charming and funny guy who gets along with everyone. Cast an unflappable, magnetic performer with a strong tenor voice who can sing, act and has a great sense of humor.
JUSTICE CHARLIER - the owner of the Venus-A-Go-Go Dance Club. She’s a smart woman who looks out for her girls. Cast a strong young lady with a warm, nurturing nature and a rockin’ singing voice.  
DENNIS DUPREE - the owner of The Bourbon Room. He’s a bit older than the others and a little burnt out on the party scene. Cast someone with a big presence, strong acting skills and a good voice. Dennis should pair flawlessly with Lonny as the other half of their bro-mance. 
DREW BOLEY - “just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit” who moved to L.A. to rock. Unfortunately, every rocker has to do his time, so Drew barbacks just to make rent. While the music and setting of the show is pre-1980s, Drew is a classic musical theatre archetype – the nice guy with big dreams. The role requires an experienced performer with a solid tenor voice who can convey both a sweet, charming quality and fit the bill as a rocker.
SHERRIE CHRISTIAN - the female romantic lead and, like Drew, is a musical theatre archetype – a sweet, small-town girl moves to the city to pursue a brighter future.  She hopes to get her break in the acting business despite her parents’ obvious disapproval. This is a perfect role for a performer a strong voice and solid acting skills. She should also pair well with Drew.
FATHER - the classic disapproving dad. Cast a young man who can play stern and imposing and someone who is comfortable singing a few solos.
MOTHER - more nurturing and sympathetic. Cast someone with maturity, warmth and a nice singing voice. Make sure that Sherrie’s Father and Mother pair well together.
MAYOR - chooses the money over the music and is more than willing to sell himself and his city out to the highest bidder. This role can be played by a guy or a girl; just make sure your actor has a strong speaking voice and is comfortable making bold choices.
HILDA KLINEMAN - a German real estate developer who has her eyes on turning the Sunset Strip into a strip mall. With her son Franz by her side, Hilda won’t take no for an answer. Cast a young lady with a strong speaking and singing voice who can make bold acting choices and has a great sense of comedic timing.
FRANZ KLINEMAN - the son of the overbearing Hilda, and he dreams of running a confectionary shop back in Hamburg.  Cast a young man with a sweet demeanor, a good singing voice and solid acting skills.
STACEE JAXX - the comedic villain of the show, is a bona fide rock star who doesn’t quite realize through his selfish and wild antics that he’s reached the peak of his career. Cast a charismatic performer with an excellent voice who can command the stage and make a self-absorbed rock star both villainous and hilarious.
WAITRESS #1, #2 and #3 - work at The Bourbon Room and exemplify the era of 1980s rock with style and flair. Cast three young women who sing and act well as a unit.
PROTESTOR #1, #2 and #3 - a group of die-hard rockers helping Anita save the Sunset Strip. Be sure to remind your troops that these ensemble parts are the bedrock for the show. They must capture the need and desire to keep rock alive and kicking. Cast dynamic speakers.
THE BAND (Lead Guitarist, Second Guitar, Bass, Piano and Drums) - members of Arsenal, once led by Stacee Jaxx but are now separating from their front man. You can tackle this casting in two ways. If you have cast members who are proficient musicians, let them rock out! If you don’t have musicians on hand, your performers can easily act like they’re playing the instruments (these roles could be played by either guys or girls and could also perform in the ensemble). Either way works just fine as long as they can sell the spirit of the music.
CONSTANCE SACK - an inquisitive reporter who interviews Stacee Jaxx just as he’s about to part ways with his band. Cast a performer for this non-singing role who can infuse this curious reporter with energy and poise. 
JA'KEITH GILL - becomes Drew’s agent and in the process, destroys Drew’s rock star dreams by forcing Drew to join a boy band. This is a nice featured role that can be played by a male or female and requires reasonable acting and singing skills. 
TOM, JERRY and MUGGER - cameo roles, some with few speaking lines, and all feed into the vivid world of the Sunset Strip of the 1980s. 

GROUPIES, FANS, CROWD, PROTESTORS and SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT - Ensemble

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 production guide: Tips and tools for casting, rehearsals, directing, choreography, sets, props, lighting and more. The included script includes minimal direction tips and room for notation.

30 student scripts: Includes all the basics for acting and understanding direction, including a background on the story and a easily-digestible breakdown of the story. The included script features room for notation. 

2 piano conductor scores:  A complete, useful score for the music director and rehearsal pianist. Includes all script cues in an easy-to-read layout.

Digital materials: We know that putting up a musical is a lot of hard work. We help with some of the admin by including logo packs, audition sides and useful forms.

Digital performance tracks (mp3 accompaniment): Basic mp3 tracks provided by Right On Cue Services. These are performed by live, world-class musicians and give your production that professional edge, be it in a theater or the cafeteria. 

Choreography DVD: Easy, accessible and fun choreography instruction videos show you everything you need to know about the dance numbers in your show.

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Authors

Chris D'Arienzo

Chris created the five-time Tony-nominated musical “Rock Of Ages,” the 27th longest running show in Broadway history. Since its inception, “Rock Of Ages” has employed nearly 4,000 people with productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, 3 National Tours, the West End, as well as productions in Australia, Scandinavia, Toronto ...

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