Cartoon Classics: CT-A takes a trip to Saturday morning TV

CORINTH – If you believe three is a magic number or that everybody needs a little elbow room, then Corinth Theatre-Arts has a show for you.
“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will be staged Friday to Aug. 1 at the Coliseum Civic Center. It’s an hour-long nostalgia trip to Saturday morning TV.
“It’s just entertaining. It’s just fun,” said guest director Dan Inouye, “and being able to bring your own kids to experience this, it’s a great opportunity.”
A former CT-A artistic director, Inouye returned to oversee the summer show, which lines up nicely with his life experience.
“I grew up with these cartoons,” he said. “This is great.”
You’ll hear “Conjunction Junction,” “Three is a Magic Number,” “Just a Bill,” “Elbow Room,” “Unpack Your Adjectives” and more clever lessons disguised as catchy songs.
Rachel Young, 22, of Corinth, plays Tammy, a school teacher who’s nervous about her first day of class. She turns on a television and fun things start happening.
“Out jumps this big group of people who show her that she already knows what it takes to be a good teacher,” Young said.
One of her favorite songs is “Great American Melting Pot.”
“It’s so pretty, I get chills,” she said. “The most fun song is ‘Circulation.’ It’s high-energy. It just really wakes you up.”
Young doesn’t remember watching “Schoolhouse Rock” as a kid, but her 15-year-old cast mate, Bram Curtis, soaked up at least one musical civics lesson.
“‘Just a Bill,’ I remember that one,” he said. “I used to watch it when I was young.”
If “Interplanet Janet” and “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” are new to you, then here’s your chance to see what the fuss is about.
If you’re well-versed in the ways of “Schoolhouse Rock!” then you’re welcome to travel back in time to the good ol’ days.
“These shows are so contagious in their laughter and enjoyment. People find themselves smiling,” Inouye said. “People who know the songs, you’ll find yourself singing under your breath along with the actors.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

Summer musical
- What: Corinth Theatre-Arts’ “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”
- When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Aug. 1
- Where: Coliseum Civic Center, Corinth
- Tickets: $12/adults, $6/students
- Info: (662) 287-2995
- Cast: Jon Hudson (George), Rachel Young (Tammy), Katelin Wallace (Dina), Esther Giles (Shulie), Ben Strickland (Joe), Paige Dill, Matthew Louis, Bram Curtis, Kate Cagle, Patrick Dixon (Chorus)

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