Ever wonder what it’s like to be the only grown up in the room, surrounded by children you are supposed to teach, and wonder if you can pull it off? Well, exploring one’s confidence and quick headed abilities to adapt to a foreign context is what “Schoolhouse Rock Live” is all about. And the only adult in the play, Acting Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross, in real life, would seem to be the one to lead the way.
But on stage, as a brand new and very insecure school teacher, Mr. Gross wallows in his own self-doubts at being a successful educator. But he is uplifted by the singing and dancing of children to get him in the right mood and mindset to gain the self-confidence to further the noble cause of student learning.
Twenty-five singing and dancing children, not to mention a transformational teacher, will capture your hearts and command your feet to tap and your hands to clap during Porthole Players production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” featuring songs like “I’m just a bill,” ” Lolly, Lolly,” “Interplanet Janet,” “Zero’s My Hero,” and “Unpack Your Adjectives.” Who says public works types can’t be entertaining!?
By the way there is no truth to the rumor that Mr. Gross is writing extra songs entitled “A is for Asphalt,” “B is for bid package,” and “M” is for “Miracle on 31st Street.”
“Schoolhouse Rock Live!” offers it’s opening performance on Friday, October 7th, 7pm, at Newport’s Performing Arts Center. The show runs through October 23rd, with Friday/Saturday performances at 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens.