Keith’s Rock the Presidents review


“Rock the President” is a high energy interactive Presidential history rock show.  Presented by Childsplay and performed at the Tempe Center for the Arts. This unique performance has something for everyone. Kids will love the music, frenetic performance and an introduction to the extensive history of the US office of the President. Adults will enjoy the Presidential history they know and remember learning in school, in addition to learning/re-learning the Presidential history they long since forgot from their utterly forgettable high school history books. One has to ask how much more we would have learned and remembered if the history we learned in school was presented like “Rock the Presidents”?

The cast of actors who perform this non-stop adrenaline fueled performance do a fantastic job singing and dancing while all the while wearing their history professor hats to educate and entertain the audience.  Alan Koutakoun, Jacqueline Castillo and Devon Nickel are the Secret Service agents of Presidential history.  Their performance does not push anyIMG_4007.JPG political agenda, instead the show focuses on the human history of the office of the President across the political spectrum and delivers with at least as much energy as a major rock concert. I especially liked how the performers/actors even cover some of the very negative aspects of American Presidential history with respect while still getting across the importance of some of the lowest points in our countries Presidential history.  I was especially impressed with how much of the history sunk in with our young daughters, ages 7 & 9, when after the performance on the way home they were asking about some of the history they had just been introduced to for the first time. The run time of the play is around 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission, which I found to be perfect for our children ages 7 and 8.

With all the high energy music and lighting of a headline rock concert special Kudos are a must to the musicians and all the technical people behind the scenes, far too many to mention by name, who use their extensive musical and creative talent to bring this concert of history to life.

As usual the Childsplay did not disappoint. We had a wonderful family afternoon at the theater and encourage anyone with young children or grandchildren not to miss this delightfully unique and energetic theatrical production.

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