We Will Rock You Creative

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Co-Director
DENIS LAWRENCE, JR.
Denis majored in the performing arts at UMass Bridgewater and has performed with several local and regional theatre companies. Denis is the recipient of two Academy of Regional Theatre Arts awards as Best Actor in the musicals West Side Story and Chicago, and a Drama Masque Award for his portrayal of Van Helsing in Dracula. At DHTC, his students have gone on to perform in community and regional theatre as well as motion pictures, commercials and print ads. Many of his students have also gone on to major in the performing arts at NYU, Marymount, Point Park, RIC, Emerson and BSU. Denis also co-founded the SouthCoast Children’s Theatre, and serves as its Artistic Director. SCCT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children of SouthCoast Massachusetts the opportunity to be involved in a professional learning atmosphere as it relates to the performing arts. Denis has successfully produced and directed numerous plays, musicals, and live radio broadcasts throughout the region.
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SHIRLEY BYERS
Shirley is a music educator for the Dartmouth Public School System. She is a diverse musician and performs repertoire as an organist, pianist and vocalist. She has studied organ performance at New England Conservatory, Voice and Music Education at UMass Dartmouth where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree and Music Education Certification from the Department of Education in Massachusetts. She obtained her Masters Degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College. She is the organist/music director at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in New Bedford. Shirley was the vocal director for Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Mulan, Dear Edwina, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wiz, Peter Pan, Shrek and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for SouthCoast Children's Theatre (SCCT). Shirley succesfully directed110th Street Station, DHTC's 2017 entry in the Massachusetts High School Regional Theatre Competition and has been co-directing plays and musicals at DHTC since 2012.

Original Creative Team

The jukebox rock musical ties together many of the iconic songs of the British rock band Queen with a story and script by Ben Elton. Music and lyrics by Queen mix with an original vocal score by Mike Dixon, Brian May and Roger Elton. Book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). 

The idea for the musical came after a meeting between the actor Robert De Niro with musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor, in Venice in 1996. De Niro's daughter was a big fan of the Queen and the actor asked if the legends of rock had never thought of creating a musical based on their songs.