Funny how I was reluctant to watch this show. Perhaps after Smash and Glee, I had felt somewhat letdown. Now Rise promises a more naturalistic approach to theatre, the heart behind teaching, and putting together a show in high school.
From Wikipedia: Rise is an American musical drama television series created by Jason Katims, starring Josh Radnor in the lead role as Lou Mazzuchelli. The series is inspired by the book Drama High by Michael Sokolove, which focused on real-life teacher Lou Volpe and the famed theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
I’m encouraged that the same producers behind Friday Night Lights are behind this production. Recreating seminal moments such as these, ones which happened in real life, can be a tall order.
Let’s hope they have the stuff to pull it off.
Let’s hope they can rise to the occasion.