Scene: It’s the interval of School of Rock at Milton Keynes Theatre. Half Pint (aged 7) files out the theatre with me and the umpteen thousand or so other theatre-goers of MK and I breathe a sigh of relief…
We made it. Well, halfway made it through a musical but we made it this far and we were unscathed!
No urgent toilet visits needed, snacks were consumed, mostly without a sound and I didn’t have to answer a continuing flood of questions, that is usually the norm for any activity with my inquisitive, eagle-eyed child.
It was only a few hours before that said child quizzed me on why and how the Christmas stuffed animal / decorations celebrated their birthdays if they are stuffed inside boxes. Arguments and challenges were put forward that they have birthdays spread throughout the year and having them away from us isn’t right. I am still stumped from the random debate. Do we need to keep Christmas decs with a face out all year? Did I do wrong? Does anyone know if Sue Gray is available? A third party enquiry would be welcome. 😬😂
Half Pint turns to me as we are nearly out the auditorium and I brace myself for a hundred bad scenarios, but she looks at me and says as calmly and unimportantly as only a child can, ‘I loved that. I wasn’t expecting to love it but I did. Shall we look at the snacks?’.
I try to keep walking normally as to not trip up the people behind me, whilst the scene inside my brain explodes –
An extreme reaction for something said so nonchalantly? No, I don’t think so at all.
My point is that is doesn’t matter what experience you have, plans with children are unpredictable but you still try the experience because when it pays off, it pays off BIG TIME.
I mean, I can totally relate to Dewey Finn, seemingly out of sync, full of youthful dreams and also completely alien when trying to communicate in a way to reach and nourish my children in the perfect Mary Poppins ways that I dreamt should happen (prekids duh!).
But the gift for both parents and child, learning the wow of music and live performance. Oh it’s so very special, its priceless.
And that sums up School of Rock.
The children, the kids of Horace Green are the STARS. They PLAY their instruments, they SING their lungs out, they MOVE like panthers. They rock more than most bands I’ve seen. They’re absolute rock stars.
The children’s rock education in the story is essentially the kid’s learning how to question why they can’t help celebrate birthdays of their Christmas toys. It’s not accepting what’s in front of you, it’s questioning anything you feel uncomfortable with and standing up for what and who you are, and being heard. Oh, the being heard. 🖤
And all that with the epic stage presence and vocals of Jake Sharp as Dewey Finn. Catchy songs, captivating cast and Half Pint’s eyes shining with possibility. Oh Mr Schneebly, we want to be in the band!
School of Rock is a beast of a musical and I thoroughly recommend it for all to rock and see it (note: age recommendations is 8+)
School of Rock is at Milton Keynes Theatre 8 – 12 February 2022.
Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support.