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SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK Musical - 1 Act, Revue, Book Musical, Pop / Rock Book by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall and George Keating ; Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe; Based on an idea by David McCall and television series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe Schoolhouse Rock Live! The original Schoolhouse Rock television series was the brainchild of an advertising executive who noticed his son could remember all the words to popular songs on the radio, but could not remember the multiplication tables. He reasoned that if important educational information was coupled with exciting animation and catchy music, children would be able to learn and remember it. From this simple idea, Schoolhouse Rock was born and quickly adopted by ABC-TV which broadcast the series on Saturday mornings from 1973 to 1985. SYNOPSIS Tom, a young teacher, is at home, nervously preparing for his very first day at school. To relax, he watches television and is surprised to see Schoolhouse Rock, a 1970's educational animated series. Five people suddenly appear in Tom's house. Manifestations of the different sides of Tom's personality, they have gathered to give Tom the confidence he needs and to show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. By the time the show is over, Tom is ready to face his first day - school's in! Story In the dark we hear the sound of an alarm clock ringing and we are introduced to Tom, a young teacher preparing for his first day of school, standing in his bathrobe. As he rehearses what he will say, he hears the school bell and the sound of the children settling into their desks. One at a time we see Tom’s “other sides”, as they enter speaking his thoughts. We are introduced to George, the romantic side; Dori, the goofy side; Schulie, the sweet side; Joe, the cool side; and Dina, the mature side. They tell us his thoughts that range from “I love children” to “these monsters are going to eat me alive”. Tom decides to try and watch some television while he settles down and collects his thoughts. When he turns on the TV we hear the theme to Schoolhouse Rock. The characters begin to sing one of the familiar songs that Tom instantly recognizes (Verb: That’s What’s Happening). As the song goes on, Tom as swept up in the excitement and begins to sing and dance with the others. As it ends, he is startled to find himself standing with a group of strange people that he does not recognize. They explain to him that they represent all of the thoughts in his head. They represent everywhere he has been, everyone he has known, and every person that he has ever met. They explain that they are there to help Tom remember that teaching is as easy as 1,2,3. Still thinking that all of this is a hallucination, he continues to try and get rid of the others. They explain to him that he needs them; and “necessity is the mother of invention” (Mother Necessity). Tom is asked to remember why he wanted to be a teacher in the first place. He remembers that his grandmother and her mother before that were teachers. Teaching was one of the few opportunities for women to work at that time (Sufferin’ Till Suffrage). He also remembers working at his grandfather’s hardware store as a child and sneaking away on Saturday mornings to watch Schoolhouse Rock. After Schulie and company sing “Unpack Your Adjectives”, Tom reminds them that he not only has to teach grammar, but math, science, and social studies as well. Caught up in the moment, Tom remembers one very important thing; that learning should be fun. When the gang becomes exhausted from all of the excitement, Tom encourages them to stay active and to