Saturday, October 14 – 2:00 & 7:00pm
Sunday, October 15 – 2:00pm
October 12-13 & 16-17 at 10:00 & 11:45am
Recommended for ages 7+
Recommended for grades 2+
Performed on the LCT Learning Stage
Lyrics and Music by, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens, and Tom Yohe
Book by George Keating, Kyle Hall, and Scott Ferguson
Based on the ABC-TV educational animated series, which aired during the 1970s and 1980s.
Meet Tom. Tom is a brand new teacher and today is his first day, which would be really exciting if Tom wasn’t terrified! What if the students don’t like him? What if he forgets everything he knows? Never fear – Schoolhouse Rock is here! Timeless tunes like “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” will surely give Tom the confidence he needs!
Curricular ties: Government, Grammar, Anatomy, American History
You’ll like this play if you like stories about: learning something new, nostalgia, musicals
Approximately 1 hour long
About the Show
“We’re introducing a whole new generation to an iconic show that reinforced the boundlessness of the imagination and our abilities to stretch our minds in new ways” says Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Director Rhonda Bell. While the students are learning about theatre, they also learn about reading, math, science, and more. “I think each of these songs and lessons are still true today! Schoolhouse Rock provides us with a way to look at some great lessons and gives our young people an opportunity to get a sneak peek into an age before the computer and smart phones,” says Jeremy Kisling, Associate Artistic Director in Charge of Education
As a Learning Stage Production, the cast is entirely made up of young people. It is incredibly exciting to watch as these students create each character. “At this point in the process, between learning music and choreography, my actors have been building their characters from the ground up. We’ve looked into what it takes to be a compelling character and how important it is to challenge oneself to be more than just their regular selves onstage,” says Bell.
Just as the actors have a rehearsal process, other members of the design team follow a similar creative process. “Costume design is about figuring out what the story needs and what the audience needs to see. While using realistic period costumes can sometimes be the answer, in this show I have decided to take a seventies influence, but add more exaggerated and less traditional looks. I think that a young audience will be able to recognize the signature style of the seventies in my design, but will also view it as fantastical and fun,” says Noel O’Day, Costume Designer.
Every member of the Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Creative Team has an attachment to the show. “I am a child of the seventies. Schoolhouse Rock played a crucial role in my upbringing. I remember turning on the TV, letting it warm up, and watching these episodes and singing along in my pajamas,” says Kisling. “When I was younger, my dad would watch Schoolhouse Rock with me. He often did the same thing with his father. I think Schoolhouse Rock has a special place in most people’s memories; a testament to its long-lasting appeal,” says Cortni Elkins, Scenic Designer.
“Ultimately, I think Schoolhouse Rock is about making learning fun – and that’s exactly what we get to do in every rehearsal and hopefully every performance,” says Bell.