Schoolhouse Rock Live!
by Magik Theatre
Oct. 05 - Nov. 02, 2018
The Magik Theatre kicks off its 25th anniversary season with Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up stages all around the country. Featuring such songs as "I’m Just a Bill," "Interplanet Janet,” and "Conjunction Junction," Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, but various characters emerge and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. The show was last on Magik’s stage in 2011, and returns under new direction.
“We’ve brought in David Saar, the founder of Childsplay in Arizona, to consult artistically this season while we search for a new Artistic Director.” says Chief Executive Officer, Frank Villani. Magik’s former Artistic Director, Frances Limoncelli, left the theatre last spring. “Members of the team from Childsplay are coming in to remount their national tour production of the show for San Antonio audiences.” One of those team member is Director Anthony Runfola. “Even though ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ may not be on TV anymore, the show is still used in classrooms by the teachers that grew up with it,” says Runfola. “The show will bring back great memories for the adults. But for the children, it’s going to connect directly with their lives right now. I can only hope the music stays with them as it did with me and my generation.” The show features familiar Magik faces, with Rebekah Williams (Shulie), Rosa Gardner (Dina), and Louie Canales (George) in the cast. They are joined by Magik newcomer Darcell Bios (Tom).
Cast and Crew
Cast includes: Darcell Bios (Tom), Louie Canales (George), Rosa Gardner (Dina), and Rebekah Williams (Shulie).
Production team includes: Anthony Runfola (Director), Molly LaJoie (Choreographer), Darrin Newhardt (Music Director), Holly Windingstad (Scenic Designer), Pat Smith (Technical Director/Lighting Designer), Cordelia Rios (Costume Designer), Cody Asher (Videographer), Lucian Hernandez (Properties Master), Alejandro Pesina (Stage Manager), Rebecca J. Simons (Interim Director of Production), Shannon Bishop (Assistant Lighting Designer), Eric Soto (Sound Board Operator). Scenery and Properties for this production constructed by Childsplay, Tempe, Arizona.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! was originally adapted and produced for the stage by Theatre BAM from the series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe. Book by George Keating, Kyle Hall, Scott Ferguson, Music and Lyrics by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens, Tom Yohe. Based on an idea by David McCall and a television series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe. Schoolhouse Rock Live! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
The Magik Theatre is San Antonio's professional family theatre. Founded in 1994, the theatre has presented more than 160 main stage and touring productions to over 2 million children and their families. The Magik Theatre's mission is to nurture a love and understanding of theatre and literature by providing extraordinary, affordable, and professional theatre and education experiences. The Magik Theatre enhances the lives of children with disabilities and at-risk youth through its community accessibility, education, and outreach programs. The Magik Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit MagikTheatre.org.
420 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX, 78205
Schoolhouse Rock Live! runs October 5-November 2, 2018. Single tickets go on sale September 7, 2018. Season tickets are on sale now.
For tickets, visit MagikTheatre.org or call the box office at 210-227-2751.
Tickets are $15 for adults and children; student, senior, military and educator discounts are available.
Parking information available here.
Special Performances at The Magik Theatre
Remix Magik - Adults 21+ Only: October 13 at 6-9 p.m. Relive your childhood and come to a show at The Magik Theatre without the kids. Enjoy drinks, a show, and a costume contest sponsored by our Event Partner, the San Antonio Current.
Military and First Responders Performance: October 20 at 2 p.m. Magik appreciates all of the selfless heroes in the community who put their lives on the line. To celebrate them, active or retired members of the military and first responders with I.D. pay $5 per ticket for their entire party for this performance.
American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: October 27 at 2 p.m. The Magik Theatre is joined by Robert Cardoza, the San Antonio theatre community’s primary sign language interpreter, to offer at least one ASL interpreted performance for every production of the 2017-2018 season.