“School House Rock Live! Jr,” brings back waves of nostalgia

If you haven’t realized this yet, I grew up in an academic household. Both of my parents are professors at Bryn Mawr College. My mother teaches chemistry and writing while my father teaches mathematics. My house has more books inside of it than the entirety of medieval Europe (We did the math.). You can’t find a room in our house that isn’t covered with bookshelves. Additionally, we don’t have cable television and so it was that I grew up watching Cyberchase, Arthur and School House Rock.

“School House Rock” aired on ABC from 1973-1985 and again from 1993-1999. I was far too young and far too not born yet to be able to remember “School House Rock” on ABC, but I experienced it through my VHS collection. I would play those tapes for hours on end, watching them over and over again. “School House Rock” taught me about multiplication, the US government and the complicated structures of grammar.

(From left to right): Billy McKeown of Newtown Square as Tom, Yasmine Ferguson-Smalls of Upper Darby as Interplanet Janet, Sarah Kane of Drexel Hill as Lady Liberty and Alan Oruska of Springfield as George prepare for their performances in "Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr.” at UD Summer  Stage. // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson
(From left to right): Billy McKeown of Newtown Square as Tom, Yasmine Ferguson-Smalls of Upper Darby as Interplanet Janet, Sarah Kane of Drexel Hill as Lady Liberty and Alan Oruska of Springfield as George prepare for their performances in “Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr.”

Watching “School House Rock Love! Jr,” take the stage for their staff preview this week took me back to my childhood. It took me back to Friday nights in front of the TV, listening to “Electricity, Electricity” and munching on some pizza. I didn’t think this show was going to make me emotional, after all it’s the story of a teacher trying to make lesson plans, but somehow it managed to touch me.

Show four, much like show one (“The Circle of Life”), has the most grueling, compressed rehearsal schedule. In just 10 days, the production staff has to put on a show.

Show four, much like show one (“The Circle of Life”), has the most grueling, compressed rehearsal schedule. In just 10 days, the production staff has to put on a show. The cast is doing a spectacular job recreating the atmosphere of those old, animated shorts. Their faces are always in tune with the emotion of the song, be it the uncomfortableness of “Elbow Room” or the thrill of “Interjections”. The songs of “School House Rock” fill the PAC, an impressive feat for such a small cast.

Going off to college in the fall, “School House Rock Live! Jr,” has some really great messages and themes that I know I’ll bring with me. You’re never too old to relive your childhood. There is always time for a song. And learning doesn’t have to be a chore. If you haven’t gotten tickets to see “School House Rock Live! Jr,” yet, you don’t want to miss out on this production. It’s educational for children and it’s nostalgic for the older generations. It’s a truly wonderful show.

You’re never too old to relive your childhood.

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