I’m just a bill… and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill…

Name that cartoon? {And hello, flashback to sixth-grade social studies!}

Pumpkin Theatre is taking audience members back to school in their latest mainstage production, School House Rocks Live! Jr.  The storyline follows a young school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. As he tries to relax, watching TV,   characters representing different facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.

The show — entirely performed by kids for kids — is based on the award-winning 1970s cartoon. 

Which asks the question — what makes it relevant to kids today?

“Schoolhouse Rock maintains its relevancy because the very catchy melodies impart lessons in math, grammar, science and social studies in ways that are clear and fun,” said Dana Whipkey, managing director of Pumpkin Theatre.

Producing a mainstage show with an all-kids cast is both rewarding and challenging. Since many of the actors have not experienced working in a professional production, Pumpkin Theatre’s directors must educate the case to observe the rules and etiquette of professional production. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill end of a week-long summer camp show-your-parents-what-you-can-do production. It’s the real deal. 

“Parents will be surprised at the talent and professional demeanor of these young actors,” said Dana. “Kids will be surprised to see how all of these songs are threaded together to tell a fantastic story of a teacher getting ready for his 1st day of class.”

The show is most appropriate for children ages 4-10, but Dana says audience members of all ages will take something away from the experience.

“I myself have been humming Conjunction Junction lately,” he quipped.

School House Rocks Live! Jr., directed by Erin Confair,  opens for it’s two-week run this Saturday, January 30th. Shows are Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM and 3 PM. Tickets are available online in advance for $16 or at the door for $18.

We can't wait for this show!

Posted by Pumpkin Theatre on Saturday, January 23, 2016

about pumpkin theatre

Pumpkin Theatre is in the middle of its 48th Season. This institution has entertained and educated Baltimore area children for nearly 5 decades and strives to broaden its reach to families throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Pumpkin Theatre aims to encourage empathy in its audience as well as value for live interactive experience. Their next production is Winnie the Pooh (April 9, 10, 16, and 17.) Look out for special offers on their web site, www.pumpkintheatre.org, where you can also enroll for our spring classes and summer camps. All summer camps are currently on sale for 15% off registration until March 15.


Photograph and video provided by Pumpkin Theatre