Rise (formerly known as Drama High) is an American television drama that aired on NBC from March 13 to May 15, 2018.
The series was officially cancelled on May 11, 2018, after one season.
The drama centers on Lou Mazzuchelli who is the fictional analogue to the real teacher from the book, Lou Volpe.
Although he is committed to his students at Stanton High School, Lou knows he needs to shake things up, in order to rekindle his passion for teaching. To that end, he petitions to direct the school’s theater program, but soon realizes he has enlisted for a whole lot more than he originally expected.
By changing the musical to the provocative "Spring Awakening," and casting performers other than the usual subjects, Lou stirs up controversy that doesn't end at the auditorium doors. The ripple effect washes over not only the program's assistant director Tracey Wolfe and the kids, but also football coach Sam Strickland.
As the changes take hold, soon the faculty, student body, and even the town residents will find themselves caught up in the new spirit at the school. The drama explores the idea of finding inspiration in unexpected places.
- Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli
- Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe
- Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne
- Auli'i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez
- Shirley Rumierk as Vanessa Suarez
- Joe Tippett as Coach Doug Strickland
- Amy Forsyth as Gwen Strickland
- Ted Sutherland as Simon Saunders
- Rarmian Newton as Maashous Evers
- Taylor Richardson as Kaitlin Mazzuchelli
- Marley Shelton as Gail Mazzuchelli
- Casey Johnson as Gordy Mazzuchelli
- Ellie Desautels as Michael Hallowell
- Shannon Purser as Annabelle
- Sean Grandillo as Jeremy
- Erin Kommor as Sasha Foley
- Stephanie J. Block as Patricia Saunders
- Mark Tallman as Detrell Thorne
- Diallo Riddle as Andy Kranepool
The pilot was ordered to series by NBC on May 4, 2017, along with The Brave, making both series the first regular series orders by the network for the 2017–18 United States network television schedule. The first season consisted of 10 episodes, and debuted on March 13, 2018.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 58% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 6.04/10. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 59 out of 100 based on 27 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."