Attendance has been taken, and the cast of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock series are all present.
The network announced on Thursday that actors Ricardo Hurtado, Lance Lim, Aidan Miner, Jade Pettyjohn, and Breanna Yde have will be joining actor and comedian Tony Cavalero in the live-action, musical comedy series inspired by the hit movie School of Rock.
The series follows a group of prep school students who are in for a surprise when an unsuccessful musician poses as their substitute teacher. The overachievers and rule-followers are unimpressed at first, but their new teacher, Dewey, uses rock n’ roll to ignite their inner creative expression.
Cavalero will play Dewey, who ultimately becomes the kids favorite teacher. His alternative approach to teaching shows he could learn more from his students about history or math, but he “uses the language of rock n’ roll to elevate and inspire his class of kids to reach new heights as the band called ‘School of Rock’.”
Hurtado will play Freddy, the cool new kid who brings his rebellious side to the prep school. He is a role model for Lawrence and Zack, is interested in the same things as classmate Tomika, and supports Summer when it matters.
Lim (Growing Up Fisher) plays Zack a reserved kid with overbearing parents. Zack comes out of his shell when he becomes the band’s electric guitarist. He is nervous about the consequences they face by breaking the rules, but enjoys his new found independence with the band.
Miner (Nickelodeon Creative Lab’s Homeroom) is Lawrence, the band’s “quirky, technologically-inclined, unabashedly confident keyboardist.” He has trouble with social cues, but his heart is in the right place and he completely embraces rock n’ roll.
Pettyjohn (Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger) plays Summer, “the over-achiever with perfect attendance and a blind ambition for academics.” She takes control as the band’s manager with her exceptional organization skills. But she learns to take risks and becomes a team player. She works to get noticed by her crush Freddy.
Yde (Nickelodeon’s The Haunted Hathaways) plays the band’s tomboy bass player Tomika. “Although more comfortable with a skateboard than a microphone, Tomika’s peers soon learn that she is a double threat—a gifted bass guitarist who also has some powerful pipes.” She is comfortable with who she is and is a great best friend to Summer.
School of Rock has a straight-to-series 13-episode order and is currently in production at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The series is scheduled to air this fall on Nickelodeon with the 2003 movie’s director, Richard Linklater, attached as one of the executive producers.