Ever take time to get to know yourself? Or better yet, give your students the chance to get to know themselves? When high school teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) gets her students to put on a rock musical of Shakespeare's The Tempest, not only does she face hormonal teenagers finding themselves, but she has her own problems with keeping the musical program in the school.
In 1976 there were just as many problems keeping art programs in schools just as there are today. Not many teachers realize that, for some students who cause problems in regular classes, the only thing keeping them going is the art programs that the schools want to cut. When the school's theater building is burned down overnight, the ongoing argument start backs up.
Nine students, each with their own personal story, express their true selves in the final production of the play. "Our rebels are ended and these, our actors now as i told you, are all spirits that have melted into air. Into thin air. And like this substantial play has faded, leave not a rack behind. We are some stuff as dreams are made of and our little life is rounded with a seam."
If you enjoy a real life musical, Hunky Dory is a must-see!
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