Rory sets his sights on School of Rock

Rory practising the new material he was given to learn overnight.

Rory practising the new material he was given to learn overnight.

Theatre may not have been at the forefront of one young musician’s dreams but that did not stop him from reaching for the stars. 

Rory Phillips recently auditioned for the role of lead guitarist Zack Mooneyham in School of Rock and made it through to the final three of the Sydney auditions. The process was grueling with multiple stages running for almost a full week.

“There were lots of different emotions, the first time I went in I was pretty nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, ” Rory said.

“After the first couple of days I started to think if I get it that’s great, but everything from here on in is a bonus.”

It hasn’t been a lifelong dream to perform in School of Rock, Rory said, but it’s becoming one.

“I have never done theatre, I’m a musician foremost, then a singer and a songwriter,” he said. 

Rory’s mum Sam Phillips said she was very proud of his achievements, especially considering he was up against some stiff competition. 

“Before the audition process the first stage was to submit a video and the directors told us they watched around 1000 of these,” she said. 

While the process was tough, Rory was able to make many friends including one girl who he bonded with over his lack of dance history. 

The final decision, Rory said, is to be released in three or four weeks and all their fingers are crossed.