Schoolhouse Rock, a pop culture phenomenon over the past four decades, comes to the area in its latest incarnation as an all ages musical, to be staged August 10-18 in the Players Club of Swarthmore’s Summer Children’s Series. Based on the Saturday morning cartoon series seen on ABC-TV from the 1970s through the 1990s, Schoolhouse Rock Live! teaches history, grammar, math, and more to a whole new generation through hit songs including “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.”
Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom (played by Chaz Myers of Media), a teacher who is nervous about his first day in the classroom. As he tries to relax by watching TV, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. The characters include Joe (Sabrina, Boyd-Surka, Philadelphia), George (Jeff Bynum, Brookhaven), Dori (Colette Scorzetti, Drexel Hill), Shulie (Lanie Morris, Springfield), and Dina (Danielle Marone, Phoenixville). The show is directed by Jason Boyer, with music direction by Dan Matarazzo and choreography by Caitlin Naylor.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! runs on weekends from Saturday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 18. Saturday performances are at 5 p.m. Sunday performances will be at both 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Performances will be held on the “Second Stage” on the second floor above the lobby. After each show the actors will be available in the lobby for photos and autographs. Buy tickets at the door or online at pcstheater.org, where you will also find information about PCS including upcoming events, shows, ticketing and directions.