My family had the opportunity to attend the Childsplay performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live! this past weekend. I must say I think I was looking forward to this more than the kids were! I remember as a child watching Saturday morning cartoons and singing along with Schoolhouse Rock. When my oldest daughter was little we purchased the DVD and spent hours listening and singing. They have also used the songs at her school to learn about three, the preamble and various other things.
I was curious how they could have made a play out of short song/skits, and I was pleasantly surprised that they found a way to make it a story that incorporated the songs; in a dreamy sort of way.
What most impressed me about this production was the sheer physicality and talent required to pull this off. The four actors were moving throughout and singing the whole time. It was brilliant and made me wish I had the stamina to sing and dance for such a long time. They also involved the audience which was great and held the kids attention well.
Of the two plays we have taken my three-year-old to, this one held her captive more than the other. She and my oldest daughter would sing along with the songs they knew, and the time flew by. My favorite part was three is a magic number, which my oldest daughter told my youngest daughter was her song, because she is three you know.
I am still singing the songs in my head a week later. If you don’t leave singing and with a spring in your step, you may want to try another way to relive your child, it is very worthwhile. This was a wonderful musical that the whole family can enjoy, I can’t recommend it enough!