STAMFORD, Conn. – Adults who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s can relive their childhood this May when Northeast Elementary School’s fifth grade presents the musical, “School House Rock Live! Jr.” on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
The musical is based on “School House Rock,” the Emmy Award-winning 1970s series of educational animated television shorts, which taught children about grammar, math, science, history and social studies through the clever use of animated characters and songs with catchy titles and lyrics, including, “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing,” “Conjunction Junction,” I’m Just a Bill” and “Interplanet Janet.”
Reviewed as one of musical theater’s brightest and most innovative shows, “School House Rock” is fun for audiences of all ages. The musical features 36 Northeast fifth-grade students, with 28 members in the cast and eight students in the crew. Students will sing and dance their way through 11 musical numbers featuring some of the most iconic songs from the original television shorts that are now part of the popular musical.
The performance is directed by Northeast parent Joel Fenster, a professional director who has worked on local productions at Curtain Call, The Carriage House, and Bridgeport Theatre Company. Matt Blank, a Stamford native, is the choreographer, and has worked on productions at the Jewish Community Center, Kids U and on the big stage. Natasha Fenster, a music and theater teacher, is the producer. Deanna Molnar, a Northeast music teacher, is the music director.
The performance is 60 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. Refreshments will be sold.
General admission prices are $8 for students and $12 for adults, and reserved seating in the first five rows is $18. Tickets can be purchased online here and tickets will also be sold at the door.
Northeast Elementary School is at 82 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford.