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Saturday morning cartoon comes to Brazil stage

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Actors in "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" including (from left) Dianna Knox, Dennis Morris and Josh Hoffman practice for the musical. The play starts at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, after a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. [Order this photo]
An Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever songs is hitting the local stage.

The Community Theatre of Clay County (CTCC) will perform "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, with a full buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7 p.m.

The main character, Tom, just received his first teaching job fresh out of college. Nervous about his first day, he decides to watch some television to help him relax. Soon the cartoon Schoolhouse Rock begins to light up his television screen, and voices begin to pop out of the TV, giving him ideas for teaching his students.

"We're gearing the show toward all ages," Director Lee Reberger said. "The children will enjoy the audience participation part of it. Our cast members are getting off the stage and actually moving around the crowd, encouraging the audience to get involved. Older members of the crowd will probably enjoy remembering and reminiscing the Saturday morning ABC cartoons that we all grew up with."

Those who grew up with the cartoon may remember the musical selections within the show, including "A Noun Is a Person, Place or Thing," "Just a Bill," "Conjunction Junction" and "The Preamble," among others.

Reberger, Dennis Morris, Madeline Riley, Julia Kapke, Josh Hoffman and Dianna Knox will portray the main characters. Classroom students in the production include Tohnna Dean, Keri Fagg, Sandy Gibbens, Carl McKinney, Karen Morris, Cheyenne Poe and Carolyn Warner.

Single dinner theatre tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children, which include a buffet dinner and the show. Reservations are required due to reserved seating.

Season tickets are $100, which includes four dinner shows and one dessert show.

To order tickets, call Lisa Beyers at 442-6909 and leave an order and phone number on the message.

Reservations and prior payment are required for all dinner performances. Cancellations must be received at least three days prior to show time to receive a refund.

"We encourage everybody to come in," Reberger said. "If it's their first time, they are more than welcome, and we're sure they will enjoy the experience."

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Dianna Knox has a BEAUTIFUL voice! Truly a great time everytime I have went. What a great resource we have in the theater.

-- Posted by __2--- on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 7:59 AM

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