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ENSEMBLE: "So when your happy...Hooray!
Or sad...Aw!
Or frightened...Eeek!
Or mad...Rats!
Or excited...Wow!"

Candace Vance performing "Interjections" in ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!.
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.


The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Tom
Gordon Hendrickson
Ensemble
Christopher J. Anderson
Candace Vance
Amy Jo Diebold
Kim Anh Yanda-Cannon
Joanna Hardie
Ellen Dessler
Candice Louise
    Heidelberg-Wickson

Barry L. Snarr
Eric Starker
Dom Zook
David Ige

BILL: "I'm just a bill. Yes I'm only a bill,
and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill."

David Ige and Dom Zook performing "I'm Just a Bill" during ReAct's production of Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.


Directed by
David Hsieh

Music Directed by
Sara R. Hanson

Choreographed by
Crystal Dawn Munkers

The Band

Piano
Sara R. Hanson/
Emily Cowgill
Percussion
Lonnie Anderson
Bass
Martin Rush


ALL: "It's the moon or bust, in God we trust, there's a new land out there!"

Castmembers from ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live! perform "Elbow Room."
Photo: David Hsieh.


The Crew

Stage Manager, Sound Mixer & Operator
Andrew Chin
Set, Properties, Projections Designer & Publicist
David Hsieh
Lighting Designer
Jon Harmon
Costume Designer
Gillian Paulson
Venue Technician & Light Board Operator
Mark Smith
Spotlight Operator
Cindy Nakano
Rear Projectionist
David Hsieh/
Emjoy Gavino
Master Carpenter
Michael H. Collinge
Production Assistant
George Paul Glanzman
Dance Captains
Joanna Hardie
Barry L. Snarr

House & Box Office Managers
Colleen Burke-Moen
Janet Eng-Lee
George Paul Glanzman
Lorna Hee
David Hsieh
Maydene Pang
Leslie Jean Warner


MAGICIAN: "Three is a magic number
Yes, it is. It's a magic number."

Barry Snarr as the Three
Magician in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.


Reviews

>>Eastside Journal (Preview)
>>Seattle News Fax (Preview)
>>Seattle Post-Intelligencer
>>Theatre Puget Sound
>>International Examiner
>>Seattle Times
>>Tablet Newspaper
>>Patron Comments

GIRL: "Go on and ask your grandma,
hear what she has to tell
how great to be an American
and something else as well."

Ellen Dessler as the Grandma and Amy Jo Diebold as the girl in a moment from "The Great American Melting Pot" in ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.


 
"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" IMAGE
© and TM. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!


Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM
From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
Based on an idea by David McCall
Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

Original Production

March 14 - April 7, 2002
Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center


The Program

The Setting

Tom's apartment on the first day of school. September 10, 2001.


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

was originally produced by Theatre BAM at Cafe Voltaire in Chicago, Illinois, premiering on August 26, 1993.

Production Notes

"Knowledge is Power!"
-- Schoolhouse Rock


Director's Notes

During our production, I took numerous opportunities to walk around the streets of Seattle dressed in our "Bill" costume to help promote the show. I was always amazed at the number of people, both young and old who not only instantly knew who I was dressed as, but also began singing "I'm Just a Bill" to me. I thought how incredible it was that a cartoon character could become such a recognizable American icon.

"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" GRAPHIC

It all started back in 1973. Advertising executive David McCall couldn't understand why his eleven year old son knew all the lyrics to every Beatles song, but still had trouble memorizing his multiplication tables. With the help of Tom Yohe, George Newall, and jazz pianist Bob Dorough they set to work creating the cartoon concept for "Three is a Magic Number." Michael Eisner, The head of ABC-TV's Children's programming at the time, loved the idea and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK was born. Additional talent was brought in and over the next few years many more cartoon spots were created, over 30 in all, covering topics such as grammar, multiplication, science and American history. Tunes such as "Conjuction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill" quickly became hits among millions of kids across America, and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK worked its way permanently into our popular culture and national psyche.

This Emmy Award winning series played on TV through 1985 and I grew up watching it along with the rest of my generation. I've often thought it would create a fun theatrical show, and was excited to learn that in 1993, Theatre BAM in Chicago had done just that. Their production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! became an immediate hit.

When the tragedies of 9/11 struck America last fall, which cancelled our illtimed production of the musical satire Coming Attraction, I searched to find an uplifting show to open our new 2002 season of Seattle Premieres. In light of the current national climate and on the eve of the 30th anniversary of its own creation, what better choice than SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK?

"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" PUBLICITY PHOTO
The ensemble posing for a
publicity photo for ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

It has been a pleasure working on this fun show. I, along with our cast and creative team, have had a blast bringing this production to the ReAct mainstage, with new choreography and brand new staging. We've strived to recapture the essence of the television series for the stage and I hope we succeeded.

Our production was fortunate to be warmly embraced by the public, breaking all attendance records for our company, and selling out the Langston Hughes. The number of teachers, children and adults who have relayed their thanks and appreciation for what we achieved has been truly inspiring. The show is a little campy, a wee bit corny, kinda patriotic, but definitely A LOT of fun! For many, myself included, Schoolhouse Rock Live! is a charming sojourn back to bygone innocent Saturday morning memories, a brief eighty minute escape from current world worries and woes. My hope is that it entertained and uplifted the spirits of all who had the chance to see it. As we struggle through these uncertain times, one thing is for sure,..."Knowledge is Power!"

--David Hsieh, Director of Schoolhouse Rock Live!

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ReAct's presentation of Schoolhouse Rock Live! was presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials supplied by MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
Schoolhouse Rock American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Images used with permission.


LIBERTY: "The Great American Melting Pot"
The cast performs "The Great
American Melting Pot" in
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

4 HEART PARTS: "Circulation!
Takes nutrition to your cells."
Candice Heidelberg-Wickson, Ellen Dessler,
Kim Anh Yanda-Cannon and Amy Jo Diebold
sing "Do the Circulation" during
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.


Special Thanks To...

ABC-TV for production support
ArtsWest for discounted rehearsal space
The Burke Museum Giftshop for prop support
The Cast & Crew for production support
Andrew Chin for production support
Driftwood Players for loaned costumes
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support and loaned props
Empty Space Theatre for loaned props
George Paul Glanzman for production support and catering services
Karla Glanzman for production support
Lorna Hee for volunteer coordination
Gordon Hendrickson for donated prop materials
Lee Ann Hittenberger for loaned costumes
Catherine Kettrick for loaned props
Kinko's Copies for printing
KCPQ & KMTT for media coverage
TJ Langley and the Embassy Apartments for storage
The Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center for production support
Regan MacStravic for loaned set pieces
The Northwest Asian American Theatre for production support
Anne Paper for donated set piece
Seattle Screenprinting for costume support
Barry Snarr for donated rehearsal prop materials
St Joseph's Catholic Church for donated rehearsal space
Taproot Theatre for donated props
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography

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Photo Gallery

ALBERT: "We found them and they found us
and now they are ours
and we're so happy."
Amy Jo Diebold as Rafaella, David
Ige as Albert and Dom Zook as
Rufus performing "Rufus Xavier
Sarsaparilla" in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.

ENSEMBLE: "Conjuction Junction, what's your function?"
ENGINEER: "Hookin up words and phrases and clauses"
Barry L. Snarr as the Engineer
performing "Conjunction Junction"
with the ensemble in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

SUFFRAGE GALS: "Oh, we were sufferin' until suffrage. Whoa!
Not a woman here could vote,
no matter what age. No!"
Candace Vance, Ellen Dessler and
Joanna Hardie perform "Sufferin'
Till Suffrage" in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.

ALL: "We the people in order to form a more perfect union..."
Castmembers performing "The
Preamble" in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

ENSEMBLE: "The Pilgrims sailed the sea
to find a place to call their own."
Kim Anh Yanda-Cannon, Dom Zook,
Barry L. Snarr and Candace Vance
in a number from ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.

ASTRONAUTS: " Elbow room, elbow room,
got to, got to get us some elbow room."
Eric Starker and David Ige at
the finale of "Elbow Room" in
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

GIRL: "Days are sunny or their rainy,
boys are dumb or else their brainy.
Adjectives will show you which way."
Kim Anh Yanda-Cannon with turtle singing
"Unpack Your Adjectives" with
Dom Zook and Eric Starker as the
dumb and brainy boys in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

GIRL: "It's a star, it's a star...so Janet got an autograph!"
Ellen Dessler as Interplanet
Janet in a scene from ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

LOLLY: "Get your adverbs here."
Barry Snarr, Dom Zook and Eric
Starker as the Lolly clan
singing "Lolly Lolly Lolly Get
Your Adverbs Here" in ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!.
Photo: David Hsieh.

ENSEMBLE: "Down, down, down, down, gravity!"
David Ige, Dom Zook and Barry L.
Snarr perform "A Victim of
Gravity" during ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.

 

GIRL: "Oh, I put a dime in the drugstore record machine. Golden oldies start playing if you know what I mean...
The cast performing "A Noun is a
Person Place or Thing" during
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

GIRL: "The game was tied at seven all
when Franklin found he had the ball."
The cast performs "Interjections" in
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

BOY: "Why, we could never reach a star
without you, Zero, my hero.
How wonderful you are."
Joanna Hardie and Eric Starker
"Zero, My Hero" from ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: George Paul Glanzman.

 

GIRL: "Now here's a chance to get off on your new math tricks..."
The ensemble playing the
figure skating judges of
"Figure Eight" from ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

TOM: "Hey!
ENSEMBLE: "An interjection starts the sentence righ!"
Gordy Hendrickson as Tom,
the teacher in the finale of
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" PUBLICITY PHOTO
The ensemble posing for a
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
publicity photo.
Photo: David Hsieh.

 

"ANOTHER SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" PUBLICITY PHOTO
The cast in a publicity photo for
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

"STILL ANOTHER SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" PUBLICITY PHOTO
Castmembers Dom Zook, Kim Anh
Yanda-Cannon and Eric Starker in a
publicity photo for ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" PUBLICITY PHOTO
The cast in a patriotic
publicity photo for ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

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