Seventy-four kids as young as four-years-old star in the next StageTime Theatre School musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., which will be presented March 30 through April 1.
As usual, the StageTime cast will perform six times over the weekend at the Chewelah Civic Center. The performances will take place on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Advance tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at Akers, Valley Drug, or The Independent. Tickets at the door cost $7.
The junior musical is directed by Jessica Sety who also handled all choreography and musical direction. It is about an hour long and features 11 different songs appropriate for a younger cast. It is produced by Janet McLaughlin with Abrianna Bell-Towne as Stage Manager.
The original production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! is based off the educational television cartoon series created in the 1970s to teach kids subjects like math, history, and English through short, entertaining and upbeat songs. Schoolhouse Rock originally aired on ABC Saturday mornings from 1973-1985.
It is about a new teacher, Tammy (played by Cassie Howder) nervous for the first day of school. When she starts watching TV to relax, the characters come out of the screen to inspire her to use music as a teaching method.
Other leads in the local production are Noah Richmond, Alison Stevens, Donovin Shader, Josie Mott and Meredith Kirry, although many other cast members are spotlighted as well.
It utilizes a unit set that replicates a larger than life TV set.
Don McLaughlin designed the set, which the middle school and high school cast members helped build, and Margo Sety painted the logo.
Sety said she is happy with how the production has developed since they began rehearsals in January.
“It is a different set of challenges to accommodate such a large cast of varying ages, but the show lends itself nicely to this challenge,” she said. “I have some real leaders in the middle school and high school class and great energy in the younger students. It is going to be a fun show for the audience and very appropriate for younger kids.”
In the Photo: The cast of StageTime Theatre’s Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. is excited to perform this weekend. StageTime photo
By Kellie Trudeau
The Independent Staff