The latest production from one Regional School Unit 20 drama troupe promises to be a nostalgic look back for those who remember hearing songs such as “Conjunction Junction” while watching Saturday morning cartoons.

Students from Searsport-area elementary schools will team up with middle and high school actors to present “School House Rock Live” for two weekends this month. The opening is set for Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Searsport District High and Middle School, Mortland Road.

SDHS social studies teacher Chris Goosman is directing the nostalgic production, while K-5 music instructor Katie Plourde Bailey is the musical director and Joe DuBois is serving as the parent volunteer.

The show is a live performance including about 20 of the musical numbers that were featured in the 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that aimed to teach children grammar, history, math, science and civics. 

The plot that weaves through songs such as “Just a Bill” and “Three is the Magic Number” involves Tom, a nervous young teacher who is preparing for his first day of class. Tom, portrayed by Tyler Greenlaw, turns on the television in an attempt to relax. Soon, characters representing different sides of Tom’s personality join him on stage to help him conquer his apprehension with academically themed song-and-dance numbers.

Lead characters Dina (Marion Nickerson), Dori (Paige Ireland), George (Cole DuBois), Joe (Holden Clapp) and Shulie (Brianna Housman), along with a large chorus of singers, take the audience through “A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” “The Preamble,” “Elbow Room,” and many more “School House Rock” favorites.

The show features a wide array of colorful props, such as metallic pom-poms and an inflatable jukebox, all of which complement the colorful costumes of the actors, which range from street clothes to a costume representing the Statue of Liberty.

During a recent rehearsal, DuBois said the entire cast would be on stage for nearly all the songs, which can be challenging when working with a group of actors with such a wide age range and differing levels of experience.

“It’s pretty ambitious,” he said.

DuBois, whose son, Cole Dubois, plays one of the leads, George, said it had been interesting to watch his son be part of a production that brought back memories of his own childhood. DuBois remembered watching “School House Rock” on Saturday mornings, and enjoying the colorful images and catchy grooves the series is known for.

“It was teaching you without making you think you were learning,” he said with a smile.

The musical was originally adapted and produced for the stage by Theater BAM in Chicago. It is based on the 1970s animated series that was created by George Newall and Tom Yohe, on an idea by David McCall, as well as a book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall. Music and lyrics for the stage production are by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe. The Searsport drama troupe is presenting the show by special arrangement with Music Theater International.

Suitable for all ages, the show promises to bring back memories for parents and grandparents who remember watching the series when they were young. The Searsport drama troupe hopes the production will also introduce a new generation of kids to the cartoon that taught children about the Constitution, the English language and mathematics with the help of fun animation and catchy tunes.

Perhaps the best description of “School House Rock Live” was included in a press release written by Goosman to promote the musical — “Entertaining, educational and no tests at the end of the show!”

“School House Rock Live” performances are scheduled for Fridays at 7 p.m.; and Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. through Nov. 20 at SDHS/MS. Tickets are $7, $5 for students.

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