'Schoolhouse' to rock Lakeshore Middle School

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM

It will open Thursday, July 18, with shows on Friday and Saturday as well.

The Central Park Players show is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through tuneful, witty songs. The energetic revue-like format is fun to watch by all ages — and educational, too.

Tonya, played by Jessica Draper, is a young schoolteacher nervous about her first day of teaching. She tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of her personality emerge from the set. Each illustrates how to win her students over with imagination and music — including the beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.”

Each summer, Central Park Players presents a family theater production. There are nine families involved this year — including four sets of siblings: Katherine, Sophia and Carl Jaeger, Hallie and Leo Ackerman, Riley and Jake Trygsted, and Carson and Hayden Evans. There are also parent/child cast and crew combos: Anna Prince (Kevin, director; Michelle, producer/music director), Libby Haan (Joy, costumes), Lari Plescher (Kathy, costumes), Hallie and Leo Ackerman (Jen, house/afterglow), and Ciana Witherell (Dawn Zuidema, house/afterglow).

Completing the cast are MiKayla Bazan, David Clausing, Maize Converse, Joseph Robert Dixon, Jessica Draper, Cara Lynn Henry, Olivia Holliday, Gabriella Holmberg, Jensen Hussey, Evan Kenny, Bennett Link, MyKenzie Miller, Jacob Nelson, McKenzie Pastor, Quinn Remington, Gracie Snuffer, Emily Van Dyke and Anthony Wehner. The assistant director is Zack Potgetter and choreographer is Shaylynn Chalupa.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, July 20. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling the box office at 616-850-6566.

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