Schoolhouse Rock comes to life on the Magik Theatre stage in San Antonio this spring
It's hard to forget jingles like "Conjunction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill," but harder still to believe the iconic educational program Schoolhouse Rock is celebrating 50 years this year. But the hardest pill to swallow is knowing that many of today's school children have never heard some of these songs at all.
San Antonio's Magik Theatre is doing its part to change that, debuting Schoolhouse Rock Live! on stage this spring. The first performance will take place on April 15, with performances running through June 4 (welcome news for anyone already sweating about that wide open summer schedule once school lets out).
According to a release, the play is directed by Anthony Runfola and follows Tom, a teacher anxious about his first day of school. To calm his nerves, Tom turns on the television, where his favorite show, Schoolhouse Rock, suddenly comes to life right before his eyes. Through their catchy songs and creative imagery, the Schoolhouse Rock gang reminds Tom that learning can be fun while exploring themes including self-confidence, problem-solving, and overcoming fears.
Magik Theatre guests can expect to bask in the nostalgia throughout the performance: Explore the solar system with Interplanet Janet; shop for adverbs at the Lolly family store; hang out with Bill on Capitol Hill; or take a ride on the Conjunction Junction railroad. The play is the perfect way to introduce a new generation to the educational songs and characters.
Adapted for the stage by Theatre BAM and presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), the play features performances of the same iconic shorts from the 1973-1985 Emmy Award-winning Saturday program.
The Magic Theatre also hosts field trips and inclusive performances such as an American Sign Language Interpreted Performance (May 2, 2 pm); a sensory-friendly performance (May 24, 10:30 am); and a Pay What You Wish performance (May 13, 2 pm).
For more details on the show and a full schedule of performances, head to The Magik Theatre's website.