“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Opens At Morgan-Wixson Today

Saturday, 1 Feb 2014, 10:21:00 AM

Mirror Staff

“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will open today at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
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“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will open today at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

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

am.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre is located at 2627 Pico Boulevard,

Santa Monica.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children aged 12

or younger.

Reserved seats are available at www.morgan-wixson.org or

by phone at 310.828.7519.

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