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A&E BRIEFS The cast of Schoolhouse Rock Live! has fun at a photo shoot: (standing from left) Ava Podewitz, Katie Dunn-Rankin, Patty McGuire, Moriah Haley, Reese Balliet, Samantha Crawford, (from left on floor) Leah Henry, Taylor Reister, Nathan Oss, Jillian Alexander, Jake Cooper and Sarah Beth Johnson. Contributed photo by Renee McVety VENICE THEATRE TO PRESENT SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Venice Theatre's Generations Series will present Schoolhouse Rock Live! — the musical version of the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning series, Schoolhouse Rock — from Thursday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 29, the theater has announced. Schoolhouse Rock Live! — like the television show many parents of today's youngsters grew up watching in the '70s and '80s — teaches English (Conjunction, Junction, What's Your Function?), math (Zero, My Hero), social studies (Just A Bill) and science (A Victim of Gravity) through upbeat pop songs and imaginative lyrics, a news release says. The original Schoolhouse Rock was the brainchild of an advertising executive who noticed his son could remember all the words to popular songs on the radio, but the son could not memorize the multiplication tables, the release points out. Schoolhouse Rock was born and quickly adopted by ABC-TV, which broadcast the series from 1973 to 1985, the release continues.

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