Northwestern theatre students prepare for Schoolhouse Rock Live

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Northwestern theatre students prepare for Schoolhouse Rock Live

April 3, 2009

 Northwestern theatre group
Students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are preparing for “Schoolhouse Rock Live.” The community is encouraged to attend this production on Thursday, April 16, or Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., or at 2 p.m., on Saturday April 18.
Twenty-one students learning 21 songs along with designing a set for the theatre program’s latest production, “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” requires them to spend countless hours in rehearsal and construction at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in preparation for the show’s debut on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Other show times are Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. All shows will be in Herod Hall Auditorium.

For this production, students have been learning songs, lines, dances, and creating a set design.

“We have rehearsals at different times,” Erin Cheney, Alva senior, said. “Whenever we have free time we get together to rehearse and then again during scheduled rehearsal times.”

“We have a great time rehearsing,” Houston Hayward, Winfield, Kan., freshman, said. “Even when we are building a set we have a great time.”

For students, this becomes an issue of time management. Between classes, work, rehearsal, homework, and set design, theatre students at Northwestern must develop effective time management skills.

“Many students who do well managing their time, make sacrifices,” Kimberly Weast, production director and associate professor of theatre, said. “It’s all a matter of priority.”

However, for Weast, the challenge begins with scheduling. Coordinating each cast members’ schedule with rehearsal times can become quite difficult. When students are given the opportunity to participate in many artistic endeavors such as at Northwestern, scheduling becomes a challenge, Weast said.

“We have a big individual responsibility,” Ashlynn Walker, Perryton, Texas, sophomore, said. “It’s a challenge for the cast because we have different lives, yet we are still able to come together as a whole.”

Parents are encouraged to bring children. The songs portrayed in the production are catchy and educational. Everybody will leave the theatre singing these songs, Weast said.

“This family friendly production is a lovable show for everyone,” Charlie Burns, Sayre junior, said. “We are so proud to bring musical theatre to northwest Oklahoma. We feel like we are filling a need for this area.”

Relating to all ages, Schoolhouse Rock Live will be a show for the whole community to enjoy. Northwestern students will spend the next few weeks preparing Herod Hall for this production.

Schoolhouse Rock was broadcast on Saturday mornings from 1973 to 1985. This cartoon series taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs. This important educational information was coupled with exciting animation and catchy music so children would be able to learn and remember it.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for Northwestern employees and $3 for children under 12 and students with a student ID.

For more information, call (580) 327-8524.