School House Rock Live Jr.

June 13, 2003

PLATTEVILLE - Revisit the Saturday mornings of your youth, minus the huge bowl of cereal, when the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Heartland Festival presents School House Rock Live Jr. at 7:30 p.m. June 27-28 and at 3 p.m. June 29 at the Center for the Arts. This stage adaptation of the classic children's Saturday morning cartoon series is sure to please people of all ages.

"Just the name of the show conjures up all sorts of wonderful images from when I was a kid," said Bob Demaree, director of UWP choral music activities. "With this presentation, we hope to tap into that. We hope to appeal to people who now have kids and want to pass these imaginative and brilliant educational songs on to their children."

Directed by Cassville Middle School teacher Noel Ferguson, School House Rock Live Jr. is part of the Broadway Junior Series (musicals adapted for performance by younger performers) and will be performed by children participating in the Heartland Festival Children's Theatre Workshop. More than 30 children are already signed up for the two-week workshop open to students entering grades 5-8.

"The workshop is a perfect summer activity for kids who enjoy music and performing," Ferguson said. "We have a staff of wonderful teachers and directors who will help make this a magical experience for area children - and our finished project will be a delight for theatre goers."

Ferguson, returning for her third year with the Heartland Festival, chose School House Rock Live Jr. for this year's children's performance for a number of reasons.

"I chose the show because it's important in this workshop setting to have a script and music that allows for flexibility, since we do not know how many children will be participating until we meet them on the first day," Ferguson said. "I wanted high-quality material to showcase the unique talents and abilities of this age group - challenging but not overwhelming, due to the length of time we will be together. School House Rock Live Jr. is perfect for our needs."

Rehearsals for the show will begin June 16. Children interested in participating in the Heartland Festival Children's Theatre Workshop may register through UWP's Office of Continuing Education. The show will be approximately 40 minutes long and tickets costs $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18 and UWP students. Tickets can be purchased through the University Box Office, 608-342-1298. Information on other Heartland Festival performances can be obtained through the Heartland Festival website at www.uwplatt.edu


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