Search

Hampstead schoolboy asks Hollywood producer: Can we stage Dodgeball the musical please?

20:40 28 March 2012

The cast of Dodgeball the musical at University College School. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The cast of Dodgeball the musical at University College School. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

The film Dodgeball is a tale of the underdog taking on a corporate giant.

So it is perhaps not surprising that when a group of Hampstead pupils decided to stage their version of the blockbuster staring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, they did not shy away from the formidable challenge of getting Hollywood permission.

In what is believed to be a world first, LA producer Stuart Cornfeld has given them the green light to stage their own production of the 2004 hit – Dodgeball the musical.

Pupil Matt Rosen, 18, is co-director of the play at University College School (UCS) in Frognal, and made the fateful call.

He said: “We knew we wanted to put the musical on so we tracked down a number for Stuart through a production company.

“It was very nerve racking making the call.

“There was one person in the office who really liked the idea – and it turned out to be Stuart Cornfeld.”

The producer, who has also worked on the Oscar winning The Fly, later called Matt and gave him the okay to bring the Hollywood hit to Hampstead.

“We had gone to the pub to decide the cast and as we were drinking my phone rang,” said the 18 year-old. “I picked it up and it was Stuart from Hollywood.

“He was incredibly friendly, he said he really liked the idea and as long as we don’t try to make any money out of it, he would let us stage the production.

“He appeared quite flattered and pleased to encourage us. It was probably quite a shock to him that students all the way in Hampstead had written a musical about a film he made eight years ago.”

The talented pupils have penned their own songs and written their own script.

Six months after their first conversation with the film’s producer they have brought the musical to their school stage.

“The fact that we managed to speak to a pretty major Hollywood producer, and have now got to put on Dodgeball the musical at our north London school is just brilliant,” said Matt.

The pupils have recorded the production and are sending a copy of the DVD to the Hollywood producer.

Georgia Bruce, 18, another co-director said: “I’ve always wanted to put on a production, but it was always difficult to find the right way of doing it.

“This show is our goodbye to our school as we leave for university, it had to be really, really good.”

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 12:58
Nurul Islam celebrates at his Belsize Park kiosk with customers and Ham&High reporter Emily Banks, right.       Picture: Polly Hancock

The vendor who runs the Belsize Park newspaper kiosk today thanked his customers for pressuring Camden Council into doing a u-turn over the rent hike which threatened his business.

Yesterday, 11:17
Gabriella with mum Nazanin on her first birthday

A distraught father whose daughter faces her second birthday detained in Iran without her parents has urged children around the world to send her a birthday card.

Yesterday, 10:56
Victor in Delhi

A ‘smart and popular’ 22-year-old who died in a motorbike crash has been remembered at his former school.

Thu, 18:09
A pole will be located at the end of Nassington  Road by the entrance to Hampstead Heath

New plans for an Orthodox Jewish boundary across Camden have been submitted.

Thu, 15:34
The mystery girl was found wandering in  the evening in Daleham Gardens

Police are trying to trace an 11-year-old girl who was discovered wandering in the street in her pyjamas saying she had run away from home.

Thu, 15:31
Service users at the Highgate Day Centre were left feeling

Service users at a mental health day centre in Camden were “heartbroken” after hundreds of pieces of artwork produced during therapeutic art classes were thrown out with the rubbish.

Thu, 12:39
Neighbours are

Neighbours in Gospel Oak say they are “still friends” after publicly airing their difference of opinion over the Brexit question.

Thu, 12:05
An artist's impression of the cycling superhighway in Avenue Road

Camden Council has called on Transport for London (TfL) to conduct further traffic modelling for the propsed Cycle-Superhighway (CS11) scheme to take account of the likely impact of High Speed Rail (HS2).

PROMOTED CONTENT

There are no rules when it comes to buying studio pottery beyond choosing what you love

With The Great Pottery Throwdown captivating viewers across the nation, pottery courses at capacity, and hipsters snapping up vintage studio pieces to display their succulents in and post on Instagram, studio pottery and ceramics are definitely having a moment.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe