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Cerbat Elementary is Ready to Rock

The Cerbat Elementary School’s Drama Club poses after a dress rehearsal Thursday.<BR>JC AMBERLYN/Miner

The Cerbat Elementary School’s Drama Club poses after a dress rehearsal Thursday.<BR>JC AMBERLYN/Miner

KINGMAN - A Broadway musical is coming to Cerbat Elementary School this week.

About 170 members of the school's drama club and chorus will be presenting "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." at the school, 2689 Jagerson Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. There is no cost to see the musical, but donation buckets will be at the door.

"This is a big show, and a big portion of the school is involved in it," said music teacher Dan Pape, "The drama club has been working on it since September, and the chorus since January. Overall, I'm very happy with how things have pulled together for the show. We're looking forward to a standing-room-only crowd."

The musical tells the story of Tom, a new school teacher nervous about his upcoming first day of teaching. As he tries to relax while watching television, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and use songs from the Emmy Award-winning 1970s "Schoolhouse Rock" show to teach him how to win his students over.

During a dress rehearsal last week, energetic Cerbat students wearing red shirts and holding up handmade signs encouraged Tom to make history, grammar, math, science and politics fun through songs like "Unpack Your Adjectives," "Do the Circulations," "Conjunction Junction" and "Just a Bill." Props included large planets and sticks that glow in the dark when the lights were dimmed.

Shantel Durbin, 10, a fifth-grader who played one of the characters singing television songs, said she is looking forward to presenting the musical. Durbin said she had a non-speaking part in last year's musical and is excited about singing this year.

"This is my favorite musical ever," said Durbin. "I'm frightened about singing, but I think it will be fun. I really liked using the glow sticks in this production, and I think the audience will give it a '10'."

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