Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre Youth
Education/Entertainment Series this weekend opens performances of the pop
culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”
The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon
series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful
songs is lighting up the stage.
Opening today, Feb. 1 and continuing through Feb. 16,
the play follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his
first day of teaching.
He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters
representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to
win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as “Just A
Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction.”
“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” is directed by Anne Gesling,
who continually manages to bring the patrons out in droves to see her
productions, such as this past November’s “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”
In 2011, the theatre had record-breaking ticket sales
with the Gesling-directed youth musical “Seussical” and the Los Angeles
premiere of “Pinkalicious, The Musical.”
She continued her successes in 2012-2013 with last
season’s box office pleasers “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Freckleface Strawberry:
The Musical,” and “Madeline & The Gypsies.”
She recently produced sold-out performances of “Le PeTiT
CiRqUe: The Journey of You” and this past summer, she directed the smashing
success “Spamalot!” on the Morgan-Wixson main stage.
Performances will be held Saturdays and Sundays at 11
Morgan-Wixson Theatre is located at 2627 Pico Boulevard,
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children aged 12
Reserved seats are available at www.morgan-wixson.org or
by phone at 310.828.7519.
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