Throw Back Thursday – Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! (2014)

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This week’s TBT is a gem that many of us will hurdle us back to our chIldhood. Schoolhouse Rock! was a staple in many a household. Whether you were learning the preamble to the constitution or how to unpack your adjectives, our Saturday mornings were filled with songs that stuck in our heads and our hearts.


FROM LUKE MORAN (ENSEMBLE)

When I was working on Schoolhouse Rock Live I lucked out with an amazing cast filled with family friends, goofy kids, and a few of my best friends in the world.

I remember having a blast trying to get those songs down, but I’ve never been more worried about forgetting a lyric to Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla in my life 

 I remember checking how many times I listened to that song, and it was somewhere above 4,000 listens in a few weeks!

Amy White also created these wonderful board for Rufus Xavier that played so wonderfully with the song. That song and Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here were the two where I remember really having a great time on stage while also being so afraid of messing it up 

 But the show went on and we all had a great time doing it. Although, I don’t think I’ll ever try memorizing Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla again!



FROM KIM BENESH (ENSEMBLE)

I remember Saturday Mornings between cartoons and, if I was lucky, sugared cereal, these little songs would come on and teach us about the constitution, the English language and even math!

Math on a Saturday?!!!

The funny thing was, I didn’t know I was learning because those songs where so catchy and the animation was so fun, they stuck with me forever.


Let’s try and experiment…
    I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill…
    Conjunction junction what’s your …           function…
     Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs…          here …

So when MVLCT announced that they were doing the musical, I was so excited I had to audition.

This was a multigenerational casting opportunity, so my kids got involved as well.

Sharing stories with them of what those songs meant to me growing up and having my children make their own memories with them was the best gift ever!! We will skate a figure eight right into the sunset.

Thank you, Schoolhouse Rock!


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