28th March 2017 — Cheam School in Headley have become the first Prep School in the world to perform Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘School of Rock’ with audiences packing the school theatre for three nights of rock and pryotechnics. Lord Lloyd Webber attended the final performance and was thrilled and enjoyed Cheam’s production of his hit show.
In September 2016 the Cheam director of ‘School of Rock’, Charlie Ponder, held ‘X-Factor’ styled auditions and over 100 students from Years 7 and 8 auditioned with more than half of them performing solos of musical pieces learnt at home. Over two terms the project gathered pace with rehearsals being timetabled during the busy Cheam day and at weekends and on the 1st December the cast and crew took a trip to London’s West End to see the show and meet the cast post show to get advice on their roles.
Cheam’s director of ‘School of Rock’, Charlie Ponder said that “this has been a truly whole school production and one of epic proportions and all that is left to say is Let’s rock!”