THE DRAMA CLUB at Oklahoma Road Middle School has been hard at work for weeks preparing to bring audiences a real "blast from the past" as its member present "Schoolhouse Rock Live!"
The play is based on the Emmy-Award winning short animated pieces that were seen on Saturday morning television from 1973 through 1985. Shown between cartoons, "Schoolhouse Rock!" brought the classroom into living rooms across the country. Its well-crafted songs brought depth and meaning to fundamental subjects from grammar and history to math and biology.
"I think this show will really have a lot of appeal for the parents," said Bobbi Baker, a teacher at Oklahoma who is the play's director. "Many of these parents can probably remember seeing Schoolhouse Rock on TV."
With a cast of 23 pupils, the show features more than a dozen songs and several dance numbers choreographed by assistant director and teacher Shondra Buschor.
Music for the production will be provided by pianist Mary Anne Leckron and Liberty High students Betsy Meade, Beau Martz and Darren Stephens. Liberty High teacher Lori True will direct the band.
Oklahoma teachers Danielle Graham and Carol Riley and their crew made most of the props. Parents Bob and Janet Hartwell created a giant television screen through which the play is viewed.
Former Oklahoma teacher Jayson Zeminski portrays a teacher who is anxious about his first day at school and turns on his television to help calm his nerves. There he sees the "Schoolhouse Rock" cast come alive as they remind him how fun and exciting school can be.
"It's really a challenge to find material that is appropriate for middle school students to perform. This is something they can feel pleased and proud to put on because it's funny, hip and full of life," Baker said.
"Schoolhouse Rock Live!" will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2: 30 p.m. Sunday in the gym at Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.
Tickets, $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens, can be purchased at the door or through any cast member.
Now is the time to make plans to participate in the annual Freedom Lions Flea Market.
This event draws a large crowd and is a great way to find new homes for your outgrown clothes, toys, books and household items.
The flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department.
Pavilions are available for rent. The 24-by-24-foot flea and craft spaces are available for $15.
Entertainment will be presented all day, and there will be plenty of food vendors.
Information: Denton Boyd at 410-857-5362.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 3/31/98