Sing-along to ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’ |

Sing-along to ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

Sharon Sullivan
Rehearsing for "Schoolhouse Rock Live" outside the television is Colton Pratt. Inside the television clockwise from top left: Abby Calvert, Austin Allwein, Millie Schreibman, Ethan Knowles, and center, Jessica McKnight.
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WHAT: “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-28 & Oct. 2-5; matinee 2 p.m. Sept. 28-29

WHERE: Moss Perf. Arts, Robinson Theatre

COST: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $6 students

INFO: box office, 970-248-1604;

“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” — the second show of Colorado Mesa University’s Theater Arts season — may appeal to children for its “bright and colorful” production and to adults who remember the long-running Saturday morning cartoon series, “Schoolhouse Rock.”

The musical theatrical piece is based on the Emmy Award-winning cartoon series whose songs taught history, grammar, math, science and politics from 1973 to 1999 (except for a brief lapse during the early ’80s).

“The show follows the story of Tom, a teacher (anticipating) his first day of school,” cast member Ethan Knowles said.

Knowles plays the part of George, one of the characters representing a facet of Tom’s personality, as he grapples with nervousness in facing his students. Various characters show Tom how to win over his students using imagination and music.

“It’s fun and really upbeat,” Knowles said.

There are six main cast members, with four additional back-up vocalists, along with a live band comprised of community members.

“There were 37 episodes (of the cartoon series) between 1973 and 1999,” director Jeremy Franklin said. “This show will feature 18 of the top songs — all the favorites.”

“Just a Bill,” “Conjunction Junction” and “Three is a Magic Number” are a few of the songs featured.

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-28, and Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday, October 2-5. Matinee shows are 2 p.m. Sept. 28-29.

Also coming up in October, the theater arts department will present its first performance of the season in the Mesa Experimental Theatre. “Vanities” directed by CMU’s Shay Lydick is a “bittersweet comedy” about the lives of three Texas cheerleaders.

The Mesa Experimental Theatre is an intimate venue, seating up to 150 people.

Tickets for both “Schoolhouse Rock” and “Vanities” are available at the box office by calling 970-248-1604 or online at

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