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2013-01-31 / Front Page

It’s showtime!

Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. opens at the PIX on Friday
BY JACOB HUNSANGER
810-452-2609 • jhunsanger@mihomepaper.com


Hadley Rasnick, Rachel Kroll and Kasey Deschler sing about adjectives during the show. 
Photo by Jacob Hunsanger Hadley Rasnick, Rachel Kroll and Kasey Deschler sing about adjectives during the show. Photo by Jacob Hunsanger LAPEER — Originally airing in the 1970s and early ‘80s, Schoolhouse Rock helped teach multiple generations the basics of grammar, history, government, science and more through animation and song. This weekend, those unforgettable songs will be heard at the PIX Theatre in downtown Lapeer.

Under the direction of Robyn Parton, the fun-filled show Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. opens Friday in downtown Lapeer. Over a dozen local children are performing in the show, which features acting, singing and dancing with all the classic Schoolhouse Rock songs like “Conjunction Junction,” “Three is the Magic Number” and “I’m Just a Bill.”

The troupe of young performers has been rehearsing for weeks to learn the songs and choreography, and everyone is excited for opening night on Friday at the PIX. A large turnout is expected for opening night, and all the subsequent performances, not only because of the show’s recognition, but also because of the great performances the children give on stage.

Aside from directing the musical, Parton, who is a fixture in the local theater scene, is also currently teaching the Student Stage Workshop at the PIX Theatre every weekend. In the program, students learn every aspect of live theater including acting, stage presence, memorization and all the behind-thescenes aspects of putting on a live theater performance.

Several of those students studying under Parton in the Student Stage Workshop are also in the Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. show, said Parton, which is helpful for both. Those students are able to apply what they are learning in the workshop to their performance on stage, and likewise they are able to apply their experience acting on stage to what Parton is trying to teach in the workshop.

Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. promises to be a fun show for everybody in Lapeer County, including children and families as well as adults who remember watching the program on Saturday mornings in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. opens at the PIX Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance cost $10 for adults or $8 for students and seniors. At the door, tickets will cost $14 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. For more information or tickets, go online to www.pixlapeer.org or call the PIX Box Office at 810-664-4824.

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