By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — Cooper Rose, 11, is playing the part of Freddy the drummer in the Consortium Actors’ production of The School Of Rock Musical at Siena College this August. Audience members may not know, however, that the young Clifton Park boy is also a drummer off stage.
Rose was taking music lessons with the School of Rock in Albany when his drum instructor suggested he try out for the musical. Rose decided he was interested and auditioned with “Welcome to Paradise” by Green Day.
After months of auditions and rehearsals, Rose took the stage on August 12 and will continue to perform until the final show August 21. The show is the result of over 50 Capital Region musicians, crew members and actors, according to a press release. The musical follows the storyline of the 2003 Jack Black film of the same name.
Rose said his lessons at the School of Rock have helped him play the role of Freddy and overcome his stage fright. Still, he’s new to the world of musicals and said “remembering my lines is pretty tough” He loves acting and working on choreography, as well.
Rose was introduced to the drums by his grandfather. “My Grandpa had a drumset at his house. I would always bang on the drums and I learned how to play,” said Rose. About two years ago, Rose started taking classes at the School of Rock with Dave Bodie. He now has an electric drum set at home.
While he hasn’t had the opportunity to play in Shenendehowa’s school band yet (he’s too young) Rose is excited to join the band in the fall once he’s in sixth grade. When it came to picking his instrument for band, Rose said, “My dad played the trumpet so that made me want to learn a bit of trombone but I quit because it’s boring — no offense to trombonists,” said Rose. Once he’s in high school, Rose hopes to explore opportunities to work with robotics.
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Beatles, Weezer, and Queen are a few of Rose’s favorite bands. “MY dad always loved listening to The Beatles,” said Rose. Rose said his father is an engineer and that his mother is working on becoming a doctor in the Army.
Q: Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
A: I want to be in a band. I want to have a job as a robotics and video game programmer.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I’m pretty proud that I’m almost a black belt in Tae kwan do.
Q: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose?
A: Freddie Mercury
Q: What would be your dream role in a future play or musical?
A: Shrek! Get out of my swamp!