Project Description


School of Rock is a two-hour, two-act musical (plus intermission), based on the hit movie. The tuner 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 is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has also composed 14 new songs for the show, which additionally features all of the original songs from the movie. The composer’s numbers “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the Man” are well on their way to becoming rock solid standards, while the finale with “Teacher’s Pet” is sure to bring audiences to their feet, eight shows a week.



Based on the Paramount movie written by Mike White

 Book by Julian Fellowes · Lyrics by Glenn Slater · Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber



February 4 – February 26, 2022


creative team

Kade O’Rourke


After relocating from New South Wales in 2019, Kade made his Brisbane directorial debut with QMT’s 2019 production of Cats. His work received acclaimed reviews and earnt Kade a place as a Finalist in the Gold Palm Theatre Awards for Best Director of a Community Theatre Musical. Proving his diverse talent, Kade went on to direct Roald Dahl’s The Twits (2020) with Brisbane Arts Theatre, his first play. Kade’s previous directorial experience includes productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2017), Legally Blonde The Musical (2016) and Grease (2015). He has also been involved in productions of The Wizard of Oz, Into The Woods, Beauty & The Beast, Chicago, Wicked, Annie and the Australian national tour of Kinky Boots. Kade is ecstatic to present his second Roald Dahl show and invites you to experience a world of pure imagination at Phoenix Ensemble. Sharing this creative experience with some of Brisbane’s best, Kade truly feels like he won a golden ticket by having Ben and Jaime at his side for the World Amateur premiere production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in February, 2021 and can’t wait to team up again for School of Rock!

Benjamin Tubb-Hearne

Musical Director.

Benjamin Tubb-Hearne is originally from London, UK and studied Tenor Horn and Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. Aged 22, Benjamin moved to New York City, where his Musical Direction journey began at the French Woods Summer Camp. Here he musically directed and conducted over 20 shows, including Annie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Curtains and Sweet Charity. It was also here that Benjamin found with his writing partner Ryan Jacobs, where they created 1 hour musical versions of popular movies for children including Toy Story, Enchanted and a Bugs Life, as well as creating their own superhero musical Powers.

In 2014, Benjamin & Ryan’s original full-length musical ‘Twisted’, a story which follows Little Blue Riding Hood’s search to find her real family premièred at the Playhouse Theatre at French Woods to much acclaim, and it is currently preparing for a second workshop.

Although Ben is relatively new to Brisbane he has burst onto the scene Musical Directing ‘The King and I’, ‘Chicago’ & ‘The Boy from Oz’ (Savoyards), ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘La Cage Aux Follies’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’,  ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘Kinky Boots’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ (Phoenix Ensemble).

Jaime O’Donoghue


Jaime bloomed when she went to her first Ballet class at age three. From Ballet she went on to accumulate into her ever growing repertoire many genres of dance such as Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. She has performed roles in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ (Ensemble), ‘Anything Goes’ (Purity) and ‘Urinetown’ (Billy Boy Bill). She also played lead roles in ‘The Boyfriend’ (Hortense), ‘Beauty and The Beast’ (Belle/Babette) and ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ (Serena). Jaime has also recently choreographed ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Curtains’ for the talented students at Ormiston College.  Jaime’s first show with Phoenix Ensemble was the world amateur premiere of ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ to life and she can’t wait to rejoin the same creative team to rock out with ‘School of Rock’!


cast & crew

Casting approximately September, 2021

Director Kade O’Rourke
Musical Director Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Choreographer Jaime O’Donoghue
Assistant Director Ellen Axford
Stage Manager TBC
Lighting Design TBC
Lighting Operation TBC
Spotlight Operator TBC
Sound TBC
Set Design Justin Tubb-Hearne
Set Construction TBC
Costumes Justin Tubb-Hearne
Props TBC
Programme Design Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Promotional Photography Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Production Photography TBC
Musicians TBC