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Oh man.

Man, oh Man.

This weekend my brother-in-law and I took our kids to see School House Rock in concert at the Magik Theatre in San Antonio.

School House Rock

If you’re like me, you lived on this stuff.  ABC would show these little cartoons on Saturday mornings and would just, well, increase your brain in a fun way.  I can tell you the only way I can recite the Preamble to the Constitution is because of the song.

I own the 30th Anniversary 2-DVD set that has ALL 46 songs (can you believe there were 46??!?!?  I could probably name 12 or 13 off the top of my head, but after that, I guess some of them just weren’t that good or popular).  If you have kids (or even if you don’t but just remember watching it), I recommend you get the 2-DVD set.  You can also buy the 4 individual sets of America Rock, Grammar Rock, Multiplication Rock and Science Rock, but the full set is so much better.

They’re going to keep performing for the next 2 weeks on Fridays and Saturdays.  Go to their site for reservations. 

So here’s the set up – 4 musicians came up and got set up on the right (Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums played by Sean Sankey, Sharon Herning, Dan Holguin and Mark Gonzales respectively).  Then the “Director,” a self-proclaimed teacher of a 4th grade class, introduced his “class,” which was made up of five “students.”  The students were James Bradley, Dylan Collins, Becky King, Ariel Rosen and Mollie Wicall, dressed up as students, and then proceeded to start on the show. 

And what a show it was.

First off, each of the performers (including guitarist Sean Sankey) were AMAZING singers.  Not only were they good as solo artists, but their harmonies were spot-on and sent chills down my spine.  Seriously.  In particular, the singers who honored I’m Just a Bill and Figure Eight did an uncanny job at sounding like the original artists.  The girl who sang Figure Eight also did the extremely cool “vocal add-ons” during the Noun song (like animals and plants or a train).  The props were minimal but effective.  Seeing this show wants me to rejuvenate my attendance record for local presentations.  Even the smell of the theatre itself, which was a little damp, musky, and cool from the humidity, brought back memories of seeing shows like this in early childhood.

My gratitude knows no bounds for these performers and the people who put the show on.  I know Jaden loved it (he said as much many times), but what it did for me and my nostalgia I cannot convey adequately.   THANK YOU, Magik Theatre.  THANK YOU, performers.  THANK YOU, Bob Dorough, George R. Newall, Jack Sheldon, Lynn Ahrens, Tom Yohe and everyone involved with making the series.

I even got my program signed by the performers.  Click for the full version.

Schoolhouse Rock Magik Theater Flyer Signatures

I don’t remember the order, but here’s my list of what I recall was performed live.  Click the link to go to a page that will play the song for you.  I’ve also put a poll down in the extended entry to vote on YOUR favorites.

I would have been ok if they dropped off Sufferin’ Till Sufferage, Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, Do The Circulation and Interplanet Janet and added in Electricity, Electricity,  My Hero, Zero, No More Kings and Telegraph Line or even stuff from Money Rock (This for That or The Check’s In The Mail).  They didn’t do anything from Money Rock, which surprised me only a little.

My Dell DJ has all of them loaded and I play them regularly.  I’m still addicted to the tunes!  I would very much like to see a resurgence in this kind of knowledge transfer – a lot of what I know about the Old and New Testament comes from the memorable melodies and lyrics from the Statler Brothers – I can still name all twelve disciples because of one of their songs 🙂

I’ve put a poll for you to vote on your favorite School House Rock songs in the extended entry below.

What are your favorite School House Rock songs?

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And lo, the people did comment thus:

9 Comments

  1. Your BIL says:

    Some songs like the adverb song or that cloying Figure 8 song, I didn’t even like until I saw them live. Just goes to show truckloads of talent can overcome little to no production value.

  2. whall says:

    “Indubitably”

  3. michelle says:

    Remember back in the day when we diagrammed sentences? Remember when we learned what a REAL adverb was?

    The death of the adverb has already occurred in our language. Look to my blog soon for “The Death of the Adverb”…

    My fav has always been “I’m just a bill” because the bill is so dejected and depressed. 🙂

  4. Mollie says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for the compliments on The School House Rock performance at The Magik Theatre. I came across you blog while “googling” one of the musicians from our band, Sean Sankey. I was one of the performers in the show and to read first hand about how much someone enjoyed our show made my day!

  5. whall says:

    michelle, (sorry for not responding before), yes I remember diagramming sentences and in general, I was probably a little out of the norm in that I didn’t mind school the way a lot of my peers did. But I loved things that made it even more fun, like SHR.

    Mollie, and THANK YOU again for your contributions to the community of your time and your talents. You made many people’s days. I’m guessing your signature on the flyer above is between the Bill and the word Friday?

  6. Mollie says:

    I can’t take credit for contributions of time and talent to the community as I, and the rest of the cast, are fulltime paid company members, not volunteers. But, to be able to do what we know and love fulltime and receive a check at the end of the week, is an absolute blessing to all of us. Magik is the only theatre in San Antonio that offers a fulltime position as a performer that pays a living wage. Thank you so much for coming out to a show and we hope to see ya at the next one! It’s La Cinderella, and it opens October 24th and runs through November 17th. And yes, that is my signature between The Bill and the fridays!

  7. Karl says:

    Man, I’d love to see a show like that!

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