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Kingsport Theatre Guild’s Teen Camp to stage 'Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.'

Staff Report • Jun 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — It’s almost time for Kingsport to hit the books.

Students from Kingsport Theatre Guild’s Teen Camp will teach history, grammar and math through clever and tuneful songs in their production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.” Friday evening.

“Many of us remember ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ as the Emmy Award-winning, three-minute Saturday morning cartoon series that taught children how to unpack their adjectives, memorize the Preamble to the Constitution, and discover that ‘Three is a Magic Number,’ ” said Drew Cohen, president and CEO of Music Theatre International. “These episodes covered grammar, history, science, social studies, and math in such a fun manner that the series became a pop culture phenomenon.

“Kingsport Theatre Guild’s Teen Camp students are bringing that same spirit of fellowship, excitement and curiosity to their stage production and are exploring school subjects in a whole new way while doing so. We think they deserve a standing ovation from the community for all their work.”

How to attend

Performers will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.” and showcase their audition pieces Friday at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Center Theatre. Tickets are by donation only.

About the show

Based on the popular television show, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” teaches students and audiences of all ages that learning is fun. The show features music and lyrics by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens and Tom Yohe. A book was written by George Keating, Kyle Hall and Scott Ferguson.

Tom, a school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV. Suddenly, the ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ kids appear in his building’s rec room and proceed to show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. The beloved songs include “A Noun Is a Person, Place, or Thing,” “Three Is a Magic Number” and “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

“Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.” is presented through special arrangement, and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies.

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