Kensington Arts Theatre Schoolhouse Rock Live!By Jennifer Gusso • Sep 14th, 2010 • Category: Reviews
Kensington Arts Theatre
Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD
Through September 25th
1:00 without intermission
$18/$16 for Gaithersburg residents/$9 Children
Reviewed September 11th, 2010
From 1973 to 1985, Schoolhouse Rock was a Saturday morning staple. Many adults remember the catchy tunes that taught us everything from parts of speech to how a bill becomes a law to basic mathematics to using our imaginations. Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings fifteen of those educational and entertaining tunes to the stage. This makes the production a must-see for anyone of that generation who now has young children under the age of ten, especially since the running time is ideal for small attention spans.
The production was extremely well-done and clean in every aspect. The set and props were simple, yet they were bright-colored and exact. The staging and choreographing was so well-constructed and well-performed that the entire hour moved like a well-oiled machine. The costumes were bright, colorful, and tons of fun.
The cast did an amazing job of keeping high-energy and connecting with the audience of children. They were all strong singers, dancers, and actors. Even in that already strong cast, Eitan Mazia and Alicia Osborne especially stood out. They both had amazing voice and the kind of personalities that drew you in, young or old. Mazia’s “I’m Just a Bill” was one of the absolute highlights of the show. Another amazing number was “Great American Melting Pot,” which featured a stunning three-part harmony performed by Ann Davis, Casey Keeler, and Osborne.
After the show, the cast also met with the kids still in costume as they exited the theater. They continued to stay in high energy as they dialogued with the children about the show. The extra feeling like they really cared about their audience was really the icing on the cake of a great morning for adults and children alike. This is truly a must-see and a rare opportunity for professional-quality, affordable live entertainment for children that is also educational.
- Ann Davis
- Casey Keeler
- Eitan Mazia
- Alicia Osborne
- Andrew Plummer
- David Savolaine
- Director: Darnell Morris
- Producers: Kevin Garrett, Darnell Morris
- Assistant to the Director: Mary Thorpe
- Choreographer: Vanessa Terzaghi
- Music Direction: Jeff Dokken
- Stage Manager: Donna Shute
- Lighting Design & Operation: Amy Narron
- Sound Design: Kevin Garrett
- Sound Operation: Donna Shute
- Master Carpenter: Doe B. Kim
- Executive Producers: Heather Latiri, Donna Jean Garrett
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Jennifer Gusso has been involved in theatre in the state of Maryland and DC for most of her life. She has acted, directed, choreographed, stage managed, and held a million other odd jobs. She has a B.S. in English from Towson University, and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree to become a Reading Specialist. She is a Maryland State Certified English, Theatre, Elementary, and Mathematics Educator. After teaching English and Drama for many years, she now teaches 6th grade Language Arts at Magnolia Middle School in Harford County, Maryland. She wrote the curriculum currently used in Prince George’s County Public Schools for Drama I and Drama II. She now writes and directs plays and musical for use in church.