Schoolhouse Rock hits Willamina stage this week
Taking the stage three times this week, the Willamina High School Drama club presents Schoolhouse Rock Live!—a musical take on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs.
Two evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, with a Saturday, May 12, matinee curtain at 2 p.m.
Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Six high school cast members and a chorus of fifth and sixth-graders will tackle the interactive performance with songs like “Three is A Magic Number” and “Conjunction Junction.” Director James Scoggins said that he and music director Anna Jackson added a chorus to create more parts since the original cast is just six characters.
The cast includes Noah Whitmore, Daniel Hersha, Nehemiah Creel, Taylor Ashley, Faith Druery, Hannah McCallister and chorus leader Lindsey Harman. The chorus includes Kylie Anderson, Ashley Beck, Tiffany Clark, makayla Creel, Teehanna Smith and Madison Whitmore.
Watch as Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching television 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 beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs like “Just A Bill” and “Lolly,Lolly, Lolly.”
The production will take place in the auditorium at the West Valley Community Campus (the old high school) on Washington Street in Willamina. This will be the first production there since the school district sold the facility to a private party last fall. Information will be on hand about the project underway to convert the old school into a multi-use community center.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
PHOTO CAPTION: Faith Druery (from left), Hannah McAllister and Taylor Ashley portray a triangle during the song “Three is a Magic Number,” rehearsing for this weekend’s Willamina High School Drama production of School House Rock Live! (Photo by Clinton Vining)