‘Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.’ features local actors

By on October 22, 2010

ELGIN—Young thespians from Elburn and Maple Park are among the nearly 100 youths who will bring “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” to the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, when the Children’s Theatre of Elgin brings its newest production to the stage Friday through Sunday, Oct. 22-24.

Local cast members are Tracey Suppes of Elburn, and Amanda and Tristan Schulz of Maple Park.

Based on a 1970s television series, “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” tells the story of a new teacher facing his first day at his job and the fear and uncertainty he experiences. The musical follows Tom Mizer on his first day of teaching, as his thoughts come to life in the form of songs about math, language, art, science and history.

The show includes nearly a dozen songs including “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” and “Three is a Magic Number.”

“Along with being a high-energy, enticing show, it’s educational as well,” co-director Allison Cherry said. “Facts are easily retained when put to music, and this show gives a lot of information through song.”

Cherry added that “Schoolhouse Rock! Jr.” is a wonderful experience for the actors onstage as well as the audience.

“The kids are having so much fun while performing that it’s impossible not to get into it as well,” she said.

While the children have been rehearsing on stage in recent weeks, parents have been busy behind the scenes sewing costumes, building sets, doing publicity, making baked goods for the concession stands and handling ticket sales.

“Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” is produced and presented by the Children’s Theatre of Elgin (CTE), a nonprofit organization and an in-residence ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

Friday, Saturday, Oct. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 for adults
and $8 for students and seniors
Call the Hemmens Box Office
at (847) 931-5900