Opera House Theatre Company

REVIEW: Opera House presents ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

School House Rock! LIVE!

By: MJ Pendleton – July 13th, 2009

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Director Ron Chisholm really knows how to entertain. For “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” he has put together such a fabulous cast and crew that the fun simply flows nonstop. According to production stage manager Michelle Ponton, who is also the light-board operator, there is a certain amount of improvisation each night to reflect audience response. On Friday night only about a third of the audience seemed to know the songs—Gen X-ers from Saturday cartoons and children from the DVD version. This relatively small group, though, was enthusiastically uninhibited, and their exuberant response was contagious. The song “Three is a Magic Number” elicited audience answers to multiplication problems, and “Just a Bill” was a singalong. Tyler Simmons led both songs with his wonderful voice and irresistible… Read the rest of the article HERE

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Theater Review: Silly setup of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ can’t distract from catchy songs

School house Rock! Live!

School house Rock! Live!

By John Staton,
John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com

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Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:14 a.m.

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Whether or not you grew up singing along to the songs of “Schoolhouse Rock,” there’s no denying their catchy power.

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Originally created in the 1970s to teach Saturday-morning-cartoon-watching kids about history, government, grammar and math, the songs were revived in the early 1990s as part of a musical revue, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Opera House Theatre Company, under the direction of Ron Chisholm, is staging the musical for the fir..Read the rest of the article HERE

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WECT – Popular 70s cartoon comes to life on stage

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Posted: July 9, 2009 10:43 AM

Updated: July 9, 2009 10:55 AM

Reported by Heather Setzler – bio|email

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Those of us who grew up in the 1970s and 80s probably remember the familiar songs of School House Rock on Saturday mornings.

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“We watched it all the time in school growing up,” said Dorothy Cowan.

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Now a new generation is learning times tables, grammar, and science with the School House gang, thanks to a stage production called School House Rock Live. ” They Have a Teac… Read the rest of the article Here:

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Opera House brings ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ to the stage

The Cast of 'School House Rock'

The Cast of 'School House Rock'

By John Staton,
John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com
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Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 8:32 a.m.

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Lessons about grammar, government and mathematics aren’t usually sources of nostalgia. But that’s exactly what has become of “Schoolhouse Rock,” a well-loved series of musical Saturday-morning cartoons that used catchy melodies and engaging animation to do one of the hardest things in the world – make learning fun.

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Want to go?

What: “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” presented by Opera House Theatre Co.
When: 8 p.m. July 8-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 3 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26
Where: City Stage, 21 N. Front St., fifth floor, downtown Wilmington
Tickets: $18-$25
Details: 343-3664, www.ThalianHall.com or www.OperaHouseTheatreCompany.net

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Opera House Theater Company presents ‘Schoolhouse Rock’

School House Rock! LIVE!

By: MJ Pendleton – July 7th, 2009
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK
Preview
Opera House Theater Compant City Stage
21 N Front St.
July 8th-12th, 17th-19th & 24th-26th, Wed.-Sat., 8pm, and Sun., 3pm
Tickets: $18-$20
(910) 343-3664

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In 1973, advertising executive David McCall noticed that his son knew all of the lyrics to all of the Beatles’ songs but couldn’t seem to memorize the multiplication table. With the help of Tom Yohe, George Newall and jazz pianist Bob Dorough, McCall created a musical animation “Three is a Magic Number” and sold the concept to Michael Eisner who, at the time, was in charge of children’s programming at ABC-TV. “Schoolhouse Rock” ultimately became an Emmy award-winning series of educational animated song spots, which ran during Saturday morning cartoon shows. They focused on grammar, math, science and history.

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Singing for our Supper: A Fundraiser for Opera House Theatre Company

Opera House Theatre Company's "A Little Night Music" will perform songs from the Stephen Sondheim classic

In “Singing For Our Supper,” the cast of Opera House Theatre Company’s “A Little Night Music” (click here to read the review) will perform songs from the Stephen Sondheim classic, as well as from other favorite musicals. The performance is being done to raise money for Opera House’s current season.

Details: 6:30 p.m. dinner (menu prices), 7 p.m. show, Sunday at the Blockade Runner, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach. $15. 256-2251

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Encore Magazine Reviews ‘A Little Night Music’

A Little Night Music

Cast of ‘A Little Night Music’

A Little Night Music” completes the Sondheim trilogy for director Ray Kennedy, now co-artistic director of Opera House with Lou Criscuolo. With Thalian Hall scheduled to close soon for renovations, Opera House has moved to Level 5/City Stage. Kennedy, with an experienced and talented cast and crew, has adapted smoothly to the new venue. The theater in the historic Masonic Temple building is, of course, smaller than Thalian, which affects the scale of the stage, the lighting and the acoustics…
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The Star News Reviews ‘A Little Night Music’

Fredrik (Dick Bunting) tries to resume an affair with Desiree is (Jenny Wright) in ‘A Little Night Music.’

Fredrik (Dick Bunting) tries to resume an affair with Desiree is (Jenny Wright) in ‘A Little Night Music.’

“Rent” is getting all of the attention, but the funniest and most poignant musical in town right now (“best” is such a subjective term) might just be “A Little Night Music.”

Over at City Stage, Opera House Theatre Company has quietly come in and is staging a riveting performance of Stephen Sondheim’s playful take on the messy love lives of some randy Scandinavians….

Read the rest of the Review By John Staton Here:

Cast Makes Beautiful Music at City Stage

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A Little Night Music Opens Tonight!

A Little Night Music

 

A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman

Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

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AUDITION TIME!!!

AUDITION TIME!!!

Click here for summer audition information!

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For more information, call the Opera House Office 910.762.4234

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