Schoolhouse Rock Live comes to Beaver Creek Thursday |

Schoolhouse Rock Live comes to Beaver Creek Thursday

The hit cartoon series Schoolhouse Rock comes to life on the Vilar Center stage on Thursday.
Tim Trumble | Special to the Daily |

BEAVER CREEK — School children across the Vail Valley will soon be rocking out at the Vilar Performing Arts Center as Childsplay brings the hit cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” to life on stage as a part of the Support the Arts Reaching Students series. Two daytime STAR performances will be offered free of charge to students on Thursday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A limited amount of public tickets ($11 child, $14 adult) are available for purchase by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 970-845-8497.

The TV show, which presented academic subjects through hits like “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” has received a bit of a makeover as Childsplay premieres an updated sound to the popular hits.


“One of the things I really wanted to do was put a little more rock into ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’” said Director Anthony Runfola. “While this production will still feature a wide cross section of musical styles and the original melodies are all still there, we have given the music a fresh perspective.”

Also getting a fresh perspective is the design of the show. The Holly Windingstad set was designed to reflect the digital age, influenced by both the ’80s video game Tetris and the current popular game Minecraft. The multimedia elements will also be used in a “fun and complex way,” said Josh Kasselman, of Limitrophe Films. Video is integrated with the choreography and even projected onto prop and set pieces.

“Even though ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ may not be on TV anymore, the show is still used in classrooms by the teachers that grew up with it,” Runfola said. “The show will bring back great memories for the adults. But for the children, it’s going to connect directly with their lives right now. I can only hope the music stays with them as it did with me and my generation.”

“Schoolhouse Rock Live” features Childsplay favorite Eric Boudreau as “George,” Rudy Ramirez as “Tom,” Molly Robinson as “Shulie” and Keilani Akagi as “Dina.”

The STARS series of performances is offered to promote artistic, educational and cultural enrichment to local students with in-school workshops and daytime shows at the theater. Each year, the Vail Valley Foundation and Vilar Performing Arts Center provide free transportation and tickets to more than 7,000 Eagle County students to expose them to live performing arts.

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