First Look – Photos for Rise

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Rise, the new NBC drama set to premiere on Tuesday, March 20 at 9pm, will blow your doors off.  Featuring heartfelt, sincere and impassioned performances from its leads, in particular Josh Radnor who stars as English teacher turned school theater director, Lou Mazzuchelli, Rise will make you experience highs and lows and all the feels in between.

While not packed wall to wall with songs like some may be anticipating (this is NOT Glee), when the young cast members do open their mouths, their voices are amazing; keep an eye out on Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Damon J. Gillespie (Inside Amy Schumer but basically this is his first acting gig), Amy Forsyth (The Path) and Ted Sutherland (this looks like his first regular series but he’s had several one shot appearances including on Law & Order: SVU), as the breakout young cast members.  Below are the first look photos from the Pilot Episode.

The official show info from the release … “From Jason Katims, executive producer and showrunner of “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” and “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller comes a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places. When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by a true story.

The cast includes Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joseph Tippett, Shirley Rumierk.”

RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli, Ted Sutherland as Simon Saunders — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Marley Shelton as Gail Mazzuchelli, Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Rarmian Newton as Maashous Evers — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli, Ellie Desautels as Michael Hallowell, Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, Shannon Purser as Annabelle, Sean Grandillo as Jeremy Middle, Ted Sutherland as Simon Saunders, Amy Forsyth as Gwen Strickland — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Amy Forsyth as Gwen Strickland, Katherine Reis as Jolene, Ted Sutherland as Simon Saunders, Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe, Tom Riis Farrell as Mr. Baer — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Back row: Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe, Tom Riis Farrell as Mr. Baer, Rarmian Newton as Maashous Evers, Shannon Purser as Anabelle, Sean Grandillo as Jeremy Middle row: Joshua Grosso as Singer, Rachel Hilson as Harmony Curtis, Cheryl Bell as Singer, Brett Gray as Singer, Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne, Alexis Molnar as Singer Front row: Erin Kommor as Sasha, Amy Forsyth as Gwen Strickland, Katherine Reis as Jolene, Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli, Ted Sutherland as Simon Saunders, Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, Caroline Pluta as Singer, Ellie Desautels as Michael Hallowell– (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, Shirley Rumierk as Vanessa Suarez — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli, Casey Johnson as Gordy Mazzuchelli — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
RISE — Season: 1 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli, Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne, Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

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