HSRT: School House Rock Live!
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 1:30pm
Knickerbocker Theatre 86 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3504
The Emmy Award-winning, Saturday-morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, toe-tapping songs on ABC-TV throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s is brought to life on stage, instructing a whole new generation that “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” and “Three is a Magic Number.” The lively musical revue relives the magic of the original series while telling the story of Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching.
Originally created by a Madison Avenue advertising executive whose son was having difficulty memorizing multiplication tables but could recall every word of popular rock songs, “Schoolhouse Rock” recruited a number of then-up-and-coming singer/songwriters to write and perform a series of infectious tunes that would not only entertain but also emphasize how much fun learning can be.
For those who spent many Saturday mornings of their childhood and parenthood singing “Conjunction Junction” or “I’m Just a Bill” in the middle of their living room, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will be a fun and nostalgic reminder of the songs they love. For younger audiences experiencing it for the first time, the show promises to be an entertaining journey into the world of learning — and proof that “Schoolhouse Rock” has become a modern-day classic.
The six-member ensemble features the talents of Skye Edwards as Tom, Griffin Baer as Joe, Emily Hadick as Dina, Kierney Johnson as Dori, Matt Sena as George, and Lea Sevola as Shulie.
All tickets for “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” are $15, and seating is general. Tickets may be purchased either at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.), which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (616) 395-7890; or at the ticket office in the theatre lobby of the DeWitt Center (141 E. 12th St.), which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until intermission.
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