Fast forward four months to this past weekend and the Green Day show was upon us. The opening act for the Green Day show was something called Rock School 101. This was comprised of beginner musicians aged 7 and under. Let me tell you, you haven't lived until you hear a cherubic seven year old blond girl belt out Paranoid or a pint sized boy in shades singing Rebel Rebel. It was adorable, but more importantly, it was impressive. This was the clear indicator that they knew what they were doing. Then speedily and efficiently they swapped off the little ones and introduced the Green Day show. With a set list of over 20 songs and a cast list of more than that, there were performers swapping in and out with every song. This was done quickly, gracefully and with great efficiency. And the kids were good, the songs were polished and nobody seemed to have even the most remote case of stage fright.
When it was all over, the hubs and I were completely sold on the boy doing another semester with them. However, he is in play tryouts at school and if he gets a part, the rehearsal schedule won't allow time for School of Rock. When I told this to his teacher last night, he seemed genuinely disappointed, but he graciously told the boy that he could sit in on any practice sessions that he wanted to, because he was "part of the family now". And that felt good. I'm thinking summer session.
This is school is a franchise of the actual School of Rock that the movie was based around, but if you ask those associated with the movie, they will tell you that it was not. There was apparently a reality show in the works that went south and the movie popped up shortly after without credit to the school's founder, Paul Green - Excerpt from an article on Digital Nation "If any or all of this scenario sounds familiar to people who’ve seen Richard Linklater’s The School of Rock, it should. Jack Black does a passable imitation of Green, in his scruffy dress and cranky demeanor, and, his curriculum is practically a carbon-copy of the original. Paramount continues to assert that any similarities between the two entities are purely coincidental. Fact is, though, sister-company VH1 had spent some time with Green and his students in 2002, taping material ostensibly intended for a reality-based show. The crew disappeared one day, and Green didn’t smell a rat until publicity material for “The School of Rock” began showing up in theaters and on TV."
Having seen both the movie and the real School of Rock, it's pretty ballsy that Paramount wouldn't fess up about the inspiration for their movie.