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The cast photo of ReAct's encore of Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh

The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Sean P. O'Bannon
Christopher J. Anderson
Megan Parker-Chenovick
Maya RS Perkins
Emjoy Gavino
Joanna Hardie
Ellen Dessler
Candice Louise

Matt Lovell
Michael Scott
Dom Zook
David Ige

ENSEMBLE: "There's a great new craze that's sweeping the nation, come on and do the Circulation."

The cast of ReAct's encore of Schoolhouse Rock Live performing "Do the Circulation".
Photo: David Hsieh.

Directed by
David Hsieh

Music Directed by
Sara R. Hanson

Choreographed by
Crystal Dawn Munkers

The Band

Emily Cowgill/
Sara R. Hanson
Russ Lundgren/
Benjamin Rud
Tim Swetonic/
Deirdre Curle

MAGICIAN: "Now multiply backward from three times ten."

Matt Lovell as the Magician and the Ensemble performing "Three is a Magic Number" in ReAct's encore of Schoolhouse Rock Live!.
Photo: David Hsieh.

The Crew

Stage Manager & Sound Operator
Andrew Chin
Assistant Stage Manager & Spotlight Operator
Lori Filipcic
Costume Coordinator & Set, Properties, Projections Designer
David Hsieh
using costume elements originally designed by
Gillian Paulson
Venue Technician, Light Board Operator and Lighting by
Mark Smith
using Lighting design originally created by
Jon Harmon
Rear Projectionist
David Hsieh/
Jennifer Wills
Set & Lighting Crew
Lorna Chin
Philip Giesy
Allen Go
John Hagen
Scott Sheheen
Diane Stern

Publicity Intern
Nienly Liu
House & Box Office Managers
Lorna Chin
David Hsieh
Edward Tonai
Leslie Jean Warner

ENSEMBLE: "We're gonna dump this tea.
And turn this harbor into the biggest cup of tea in history!"

The Ensemble performing a number from ReAct's remount of Schoolhouse Rock Live!.
Photo: David Hsieh.


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INVENTORS: "With Mother Necessity!
Where would we be
Without the inventions of your progeny?"

The ensemble and Candice Louise Heidelberg-Wickson performing "Mother Necessity" in ReAct's encore presentation of Schoolhouse Rock Live!.
Photo: David Hsieh.

© 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

Encore Engagement

October 18 - November 9, 2003
Langston Hughes Performing 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 Café Voltaire in Chicago, Illinois, premiering on August 26, 1993.

Production Notes

"Knowledge is Power!"
-- Schoolhouse Rock

Director's Notes

During ReAct's original production in March of 2002, I took numerous opportunities to walk around the streets of Seattle dressed in our "Bill" costume to help promote the show. I was constantly amazed at the number of people, both young and old who not only instantly recognized 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.

It all began back in 1973. Advertising executive David McCall couldn't understand why his eleven year old son knew all the lyrics to every Beatles song, and yet 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 several years many more cartoon spots were created, over 30 in all, covering topics such as grammar, multiplication, science, American history and computers. Tunes such as "Conjuction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill" quickly became hits among millions of Americans, and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK worked its way permanently into our pop culture and national psyche.

This Emmy Award winning series played on television through 1985 and I grew up watching it along with the rest of my generation. I've often thought it would make a fun theatrical show, and was pleased to learn that in 1993, Chicago's Theatre BAM had done just that. Their production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! with a cast of six singing the songs in a musical revue-like presentation became an immediate hit.

When the tragedies of 9/11 struck America in the fall of 2001, I searched to find an uplifting show to work on. In light of the political climate at the time, what better choice than SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK? Our original production was warmly embraced by the public and broke all attendance records for our company at that time, selling out at the Langston Hughes. The number of teachers, children and adults who have relayed their thanks and appreciation of our show was truly inspiring and thus we decided to bring it back to our mainstage for this special encore celebrating not only the close of our 10th Anniversary Season, but also both the 30th Anniversary of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK and the 10th Anniversary of Theatre BAM's creation of Schoolhouse Rock Live! It has been a delight working on it again, much like it was the first time when we originally created our version of the show, and developed our unique staging and choreography.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! is a little campy, a wee bit corny, kinda patriotic, but definitely A LOT of fun! For many, myself included, the show 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 got the chance to see it. And as our country continues to muddle through these somewhat strange 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
Schoolhouse Rock American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Images used with permission.

Castmembers pose for a
publicity photo for ReAct's
encore of Schoolhouse Rock
Photo: David Hsieh.


Castmembers perform "Interplanet
Janet" in a publicity photo for
ReAct's Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

Special Thanks To...

ABC-TV for production support
The Cast & Crew for production support
Civic Light Opera for loaned costume piece
The Elliott Bay Book Company for promotional support
George Paul Glanzman for loaned set piece
Allen Go & his Truck for transportation support
Lee Ann Hittenberger for costuming support
Melvin Inouye & his Truck for transportation support
Catherine Kettrick for loaned properties
KMTT for media coverage
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center for production support
The ReAct Board for production & catering support
Rick Wong & Rk Productions for videography

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Photo Gallery

ENSEMBLE: "Some future astronaut
May find out that what he thought
A Shooting star instead turned out to be..."
Michael Scott as the astronaut
with Ellen Dessler as Janet
in "Interplanet Janet" during
ReAct's encore of
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

ENSEMBLE: "Then the Nineteenth Amendment
Struck down that restrictive rule."
Megan Parker-Chenowith, Ellen
Dessler and Joanna Hardie are
"Suffering for Suffrage"
during ReAct's encore of
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.


ZERO: "Ad infinitum, ad astra,
Forever, and ever,
With Zero, my hero--
How wonderful you are."
Joanna Hardie and Michael
Scott performing "Zero,
My Hero" at ReAct's remount
of Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

ALBERT: "We found them and they found us
And now they are ours
And We're so happy."
Maya Perkins as Rafaella,
David Ige as Albert and Dom
Zook as Rufus performing
"Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla"
in ReAct's encore engagement
of Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

ENSEMBLE: "...Do ordain and establish
This Constitution..."
The Ensemble of ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
remount performing
"The Preamble."
Photo: David Hsieh.


ALBERT: "Sometimes when we take them all on the bus,
People really raise a fuss."
The ensemble in another moment
from "Rufus Xavier
Sarsaparilla" at ReAct's encore
of Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

The ensemble posing with
"Bill" in a publicity photo
for ReAct's encore of
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.


Castmembers in a patriotic
publicity pose for ReAct's
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Photo: David Hsieh.

Dom Zook, Emjoy Gavino and
Michael Scott perform a
moment from "Unpack Your
Adjectives" in a
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
publicity photo.
Photo: David Hsieh.

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