To be performed at

The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

8th – 11th JUNE 2023


Based on the Paramount movie written by Mike White
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Book by Julian Fellowes, Lyrics by Glenn

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme… You better get me to school on time! School of Rock is a two-hour, two-act musical based on the hit movie. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

The stage musical on Broadway and in the West End was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also composed 14 new songs for the show, which additionally features all of the original songs from the movie. 

We will be performing School of Rock with live rock bands on stage and with an adult cast, supporting our youth members.

Echo Youth Theatre is looking for young performers and musicians to cast in the 15-strong “kids cast” for this show – we are looking for a cast who look and act like average 12-yr olds from a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.   (Actual age can be from 9-14 years old).

Show Week will be Tue 6th Jun to Sun 11th Jun 23 and you need to be fully available (outside school hours) that week

An amateur/youth group production by arrangement with The Really Useful
Group Ltd.


Rehearsing at St Edmund Church Fishergate NR3 1SE

Rehearsals will start Wed 18th Jan 2023

Rehearsals will be:

Wednesdays normally 6.30pm to 8.30pm, but can be 6pm to 9pm


Saturdays normally 11am to 5pm.  

A draft rehearsal schedule can be found by clicking the button below.

We will be expecting good availability for all Wednesdays and Saturdays.  However, you only need to attend the rehearsals that you are called for.  Please see the draft schedule for full details.


Auditions will be at St Edmund Church Fishergate NR3 1SE

Audition applications will open shortly. 

Please make sure you have read all the audition information before applying.

During the audition process, you will be asked to let us know of any planned absences – please come prepared to know your commitments for the period 18th Jan – 11th Jun 2023.  

We will try to accommodate absences that we know about in advance.  Auditionees with excessive absences or who are unavailable for key dates may not be cast, but please come and audition if you are keen to be in the show and discuss any issues you have with us.  

Please be honest about any prior commitments.  Frequent, undeclared absences could result in being removed from the show during the rehearsal process.  If your planned absences have been agreed upon by the team in advance and you are cast in the show, your absence will not be an issue. 


Prior to our auditions, we will be holding an information evening for members and potential members, plus parents.   There is no obligation and no need to have already booked an audition, just come along and see and hear what we are about.  We will talk about the show, roles, rehearsals and the audition process.  We will also sing through the audition pieces.

Please also come along to the information evening if you are interested in supporting the production team backstage or on the tech side and are not auditioning.

Information Evening

Wed 7th Dec 22 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Band Instrumentalists Audition

Wed 11th Jan 23 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Fri 13th and Sat 14th Jan 23 
The main auditions for all cast will be a Group Singing/Acting sessions and you will be required to do your audition including singing your solos in front of the other auditionees.

There is a choice of four 90 min group audition sessions available and you will only need to attend one – you will be allocated a group based on your availability, given on the application form

Full details of what you need to prepare will be available to download using the button below, when auditions open.


The minimum age for cast members is 9 yrs old at the start of rehearsals.  The upper age is 14 at the date of performance, but cast members must be able to look and act 12.

The costs for cast are:

  • EYT Annual Membership fee of £20 will need to be paid once casting is confirmed, if you are not already a member.
  • The show fee for cast members will be £60 and this will be required by the end of January. If this will cause any difficulties, please speak to us and we can discuss payments in instalments or financial support options from our sponsorship fund.
  • All costumes are provided and cast are not expected to provide or purchase costumes, other than under-garments and possibly footwear.
  • We may ask for a damage deposit for the script, which will be refunded when the script is returned undamaged – this will be confirmed on casting.

Agreement to photographic and video consent for internal use and external marketing is a pre-requisite for casting.