Missouri Western’s department of theatre, cinema and dance will be presenting “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” on Oct. 13-21 in the Potter Hall Theatre.
Morgan Mallory, assistant professor of musical theatre and dance, mentioned that the play focuses on fun, family-friendly themes in an educational light.
“So they decided last year as a department, that we wanted to have a focus on theatre for youth or theatre for children. So, they chose the show “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” last year,” Mallory said.
Mallory went on to mention how they are trying put together the older and younger populations.
“So this is kind of a mash-up of a bunch of cartoons that people are familiar with. Schoolhouse Rock was very popular in the 70’s and 80’s so we are kind of tying together the older population with the younger population,” Mallory said.
One way the play has tried to incorporate the younger generation is by involving Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. “We have partnered with a couple of community nonprofit organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. So, if a big brother or big sister wanted to bring their little brother or little sister they could bring them in for free,” Mallory said.
Mallory goes on to say how she thinks the turn out will be and what promotions they have for the play.
“We hope to have a big turnout, but we also have a bunch of promotions going on like I kind of said with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We also have a night where you can wear your pajamas and come that is on Oct. 19. It is a short show it is only 90 mins. so we are hoping people will come out,” Mallory said.
Dalyn Le Grand is one of the main characters in the play. He auditioned because the play was fun but also because it relates to real life.
“I auditioned for SchoolHouse Rock [Live!] because it’s such a fun upbeat musical and it faces an everyday problem that people can relate to,” Le Grand said.
The department of theatre, cinema and dance really wants everyone to come out and support and enjoy the play “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”
Robert Vardiman is in the play and had a lot of fun auditioning for Schoolhouse Rock Live.
“I auditioned because it’s such a fun show and it brings back so many memories of watching the cartoon. I think it’s awesome to be a part of this production,” Vardiman said.