Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Melbourne

Rocking it out

Posted 5 February 2019

Remy Grunden has been wowing audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the hit musical School of Rock since the show opened in November last year. The Glen Waverley student plays Katie, one of the lead roles in the show, which features a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Remy (pictured in the middle of top image, playing bass guitar) was selected for the role during a gruelling audition process that included learning the bass guitar in less than one hour. ‘When I found out [I was chosen for the role] I was practically bouncing off the walls. I was so excited to have made it into the musical as I hadn’t ever done this before.’

‘Every bit of this musical has been an experience and an education I will never forget. There isn’t an amazing enough word in the dictionary to describe School of Rock.’

‘I have learned so many things while working on the show, but the main thing would have to be that you must be humble and kind to everyone you meet. All your fans, the directors, fellow performers and everyone else, because you never know what connections you might make in the process.’

Remy says she ‘will never forget’ her first experience as a professional theatre actor and the opportunities that have come with it. ‘I get to perform with a bunch of awesome kids who are just like me, I have been able to play the bass guitar, sing, dance and act live onstage every night.’

Some of Remy’s Wesley teachers, coming to see her perform School of Rock

Remy’s network of family, friends, teachers and classmates have been very supportive during the show’s run. ‘They have all been very proud of me, especially all of my close friends and family who have supported me every step of the way…. from helping me through the audition process to being supportive and understanding while I’ve been away from school doing the show.’

Audience members have been mesmerised by Remy’s phenomenal stage performance, saying she captured the essence of the role - displaying shyness and awkwardness when needed, but also bursting with gusto and determination.  

This is Remy’s first professional production but she already has plans to pursue musical theatre in the future. Her advice for students interested in getting involved in musical theatre is to just give it a go. ‘Find some things to audition for, try something new. You never know what might come of it, so don’t give up!’

We are very proud of Remy’s achievements and celebrate her amazing success, as the show comes to a close this week.

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