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Head back to the '70s with 'School House Rock'

Students rehearse for School House Rock Live, Jr., July 5-7 at the Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre in downtown Alexandria. Performances are July 5-7 at 7 p.m. (Contributed photo)

The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) flashbacks to the '70s this summer with School House Rock Live, Jr., July 5-7 at 7 p.m. at the AAAA Theatre in downtown Alexandria.

School House Rock is a high energy musical based on the cartoon television series of the same name. It features songs such as "Conjunction Junction," "Three is a Magic Number" and "Just a Bill."

School House Rock will be performed by more than 20 area youth, members of the Alexandria Area Arts' Student Theatre Project, a three-week long summer theater intensive that focuses on production-based training.

"Long before smart boards and the Internet, this was one way we learned," said David Christman, the production's director. "It has been great working with these students and bridging some generation gaps. In many ways, it's like stepping back in time."

Christman noted that some things have changed since School House Rock's day, most notably Pluto's demotion to a dwarf planet in 2006, but the sense of adventure and the encouragement of kids has stayed the same.

School House Rock was a four-time Emmy Award-winning television series that ran Saturday mornings from 1973 to 1985. It was the brainchild of advertising executive David McCall, who noticed his son could remember the lyrics to music but could not remember his multiplication tables.

School House Rock was originally conceived and directed by Scott Ferguson. The book is by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall and George Keating, with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the AAAA box office, (320) 762-8300.

School House Rock Live, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

Cast & Crew

Director: David Christman

Assistant Director: Holly Wallerich

Musical Director: Rachel Capistrant

Choreographer: Amanda Richards

Student Director/Stage Manager: Emmy Bear

Set Design: Quincy Roers

Props: Deb Long

Participants: Jordan Arel (Alexandria), Brittany Wallerich (Alexandria), Colin Barten (Alexandria), Marilla Paradee (Osakis), Leanza Wohlfeil (Alexandria), Javelyn Gallagher (Parkers Prairie), Brody Uhlenkamp (Osakis), Camille Johnson (Alexandria), Rachel Wallerich (Alexandria), Emily Wallerich (Alexandria), Anna Bear (Alexandria), Amanda Drechsel (Kensington), Alei Rehovsky (Alexandria), Moriah Wales (Brandon), Chelsey Klimek (Garfield), Miranda Novak (Alexandria), Shelby Ebacher (Alexandria), Hope Burnham (Alexandria), Claire Wimesmeier (Alexandria), Makia Krippner (Alexandria), Lauren Russell (Miltona), Ki Blaser (Alexandria), Carly Paulson (Alexandria) and Sydney Christenson (Alexandria).