April 13, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a free children's theatre performance, "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall.

The two free shows culminate a tour of performances at several local elementary schools, a tour funded by the Bucknell Association for the Arts.

Theatre version of cartoon
"Schoolhouse Rock Live!" is a theatrical version of the popular 1970s and '80s cartoon version of "School House Rock," said Rachel Sherbill, a Bucknell senior majoring in theater and economics who coordinated the tour. 

"The show tells the story of Tom, a teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching," said Sherbill. "While watching TV, Tom is whisked away by characters that emerge from the set and show him how to win over his students using imagination and music, including popular songs from the original TV show such as 'Conjunction Junction' and 'Unpack Your Adjectives.'"

Tour first of its kind
"This is the first project of its kind, where the Bucknell theatre department is touring a university production to the local community," Sherbill said, who chose the project as an opportunity for local children to experience live theater.

The cast of the traveling show includes six Bucknell students as cast members, a seventh as musical director, and a Bucknell graduate as director of the production.

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