Cast gives Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. high grades

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Rachael DeSoiza, a member of the Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. cast, will be performing four shows of the popular musical that has taught students to perform better in the classroom. The production will be held at the Cannon Centre.
 
 

Jim Fair

Rachael DeSoiza, a member of the Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. cast, will be performing four shows of the popular musical that has taught students to perform better in the classroom. The production will be held at the Cannon Centre.

 

 

Leave it to a cast of 27 advanced students from Greer Cultural Arts Camp ARK, ages 8-16, to describe their role in Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.  It will be the first performance at the Cannon Centre in a black box theater setting.

Dakota Massullo, 13 in September, was asked a tiny question how she could relate to the Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. production that will be performed free Friday and Saturday and next weekend (Sept. 14-15) at 7 p.m.

Most of the songs are familiar to the cast. Many already knew the words that had taught them about grammar, science, money, earth, America and math among others.

Dakota, Olivia Swalm, 12, and Rachel DeSoiza, 13, were like an advanced publicity team this evening before rehearsals discussing the value of the iconic musical.

The dynamic trio responded to a myriad of topics.

Q: Have the songs in Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. ever helped you in your studies?

Dakota: I watched the videos on line before a math test and aced it. The song helped me remember the multiplication tables. I also memorized the planets and history.

Rachel: If you sing a tune you remember better.

Olivia: I know the Preamble to the Constitution by singing it. I heard a student sing it and I said, “I know that song.”

Dakota: I know a girl who memorized her cell phone by song and when she got lost in a mall, she sang it to the security people.

Q: What are some other ways you have used the songs to help you learn?

Olivia: When I read a book and sometimes have difficulty, I sing what I read. I get into a mental state and put some type of tune to it. It helps me remember.

Rachel: I had Leapster, a game system, and it had some Schoolhouse Rock songs. I learned Noun.

Dakota: We’re learning the planets in school. Since I already know them I can study more about them.

Q: What is it like performing in front of a lot of people?

Rachel: It’s exhilarating. You get to show off your talent.

Olivia: This is my sixth play. I’ve been on stage a lot and it’s OK to be nervous. You get used to it.

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