Rock musicial 'Not So Old School'

Carter Haydu
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Amy Matysio, actress, writer, improvisor and producer, conducts some drama exercises with students at Riverview Collegiate Institute on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Are you ready to rock? Riverview Collegiate Institute (RVCI) certainly hopes so, as it prepares to host the South Hill Music Theatre production of “Not So Old School” on May 30-31.

However, this is unlike any other musical theatre anyone has likely seen before, according to RVCI school opportunity to learning co-ordinator James Irving. For one thing, he said the storyline is very much a living, transforming creation of the directors and student performers.

“It’s still changing,” he told the Times-Herald, adding even as the group practices a couple evenings a week in the final weeks leading up to opening curtain, tweaks are being suggested and adopted by the collaborative team.

“It’s been an interesting process for sure.”

The story revolves (and evolves) around a 38-year-old teacher named Ron Gerald who lives in his parent’s basement — a former grunge-rocker in a current midlife crisis. Tickets are available at the RVCI office or by calling 693-1331.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Riverview Collegiate Institute, South Hill Music Theatre RVCI school

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