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McNally Smith’s Theater Ensemble Presents:
School House Rock Live!

Who could ever forget the impossibly catchy and invaluably informative songs that School House Rock embedded into America’s collective conscious in the ‘70s and ‘80s? Infectious tunes like “Interjections!” and “Conjunction Junction” cleverly taught kids how to use parts of speech, while “I’m Just A Bill” and “3 Branches Of Government” helped demystify the complex processes of American government.

Catch these and a slew of other School House Rock classics when the McNally Smith College of Music Theater Ensemble (in collaboration with St. Paul Parks and Rec) presents a FREE showing of School House Rock Live! at the Raspberry Island Pavilion (under the Wabasha Street Bridge in Downtown St. Paul), Wednesday, August 1st at 12:30 PM. Truly a family-friendly affair for all ages, kids will delight in hearing this remarkable material for the first time, while parents will relish revisiting the sounds of their childhood.

This show is FREE and it is FUN! What more can you ask for on a great summer day? Pack a lunch and bring a chair or a blanket and get ready to sing along with the cast of McNally Smith College of Music’s Theatre Ensemble as they present Schoolhouse Rock Live! on Wednesday, August 1st at 12:30 PM.

About School House Rock Live!

School House Rock Live! — based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series — taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs. The series is not only making a small-screen comeback, instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulation” — it’s also lighting up stages everywhere, from school multi-purpose rooms to university and regional theatres all around the country. This fast paced, energetic production sings and dances you through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly”, “Conjunction Junction”, and many more. Children just discovering the TV series to “Generation X-ers” seeking a taste of nostalgia will delight in this sure-fire entertainment that’s simply good, clean — and educational — fun!

About McNally Smith College of Music’s Theater Ensemble

The McNally Smith Theater Ensemble stages one full Musical Theater Production each semester.  Schoolhouse Rock Live! marks the seventh Musical Theater Ensemble Production under the direction of Erin Schwab. Past shows include, Songs For a New World, Godspell, Working, and this past Spring, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, performed at The History Theater. The Ensemble has been growing rapidly and most recently we have been lucky enough to bring on Kevin Werner Hohlstein as Choreographer. Musical Directors for the Ensemble have included Andrew Fleser, Jennifer Parker, Lori Dokken and Raymond Berg. The talented group of McNally Smith students is led by Erin Schwab — an accomplished vocalist and musical theatre performer with credits that span the globe, from cruise ships and amusement parks to professional theaters throughout the Twin Cities. As a musical theater performer, Erin portrayed Tina in Hey City Theater’s long-running production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and was in the first national tour of Schoolhouse Rock Live!. Erin also performs with Jay Fuchs and Chris Micek doing cabaret at local venues such as Hell’s Kitchen, Honey, The Townhouse and The Pour House as well as with Metro Jam. Erin was most recently seen in Beautiful Thing with Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater, Cowards Women at the Guthrie Theater, and The Ordway Music Theater’s production of 8 Track, Sounds of the Seventies. She is also a national host for Sing A Long Sound of Music where she rocks some mean lederhosen.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Director: Erin Schwab

Musical Director: Jennifer Parker

Choreographer: Kevin Werner Hohlstein

Production Stage Manager: Emily Villano

Sound: Todd Smith

Cast:

  • Atim Opoka
  • Shana Berg
  • Faydra Lagro
  • Elyse Barnard
  • Kayla Bogan
  • Natalie Lassman
  • Jacob Rahier
  • Brody Meinke
  • Garrison Laborde
  • and Brad Kallhoff

Band:

Keyboard and Assistant Musical Director: Nic Delcambre

Bass: Gus Whatcott

Drums: Erik Christianson

Additional Showings of Schoolhouse Rock Live!:

Mon 7/30, 1:30pm, Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center, 800 Conway Street, St. Paul

Thur 8/2, 3:00pm, East Side Boys and Girls Club, 1620 Ames Avenue, St. Paul

Thur 8/2 6:00pm  McNally Smith College of Music Auditorium, 19 Exchange Street, St. Paul

More Information:

For more information about McNally Smith College of Music’s Theater Ensemble and their performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live!, please contact Erin McLennon at (651) 361-3383, Erin.McLennon@mcnallysmith.edu.

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