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Updated: 07/10/2014 02:10:04PM

Venice Theatre brings pop culture phenomenon to life with Schoolhouse Rock Live!

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Venice Theatre’s Generations Series is proud to present the musical version of the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning series, “Schoolhouse Rock.” Schoolhouse Rock Live! opened Thursday, Sept. 12 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29. Performances take place on Venice Theatre’s Pinkerton Stage at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $10 for students, $17 for adults and can be purchased online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at 941-488-1115. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, educators and families who attend the Saturday matinees.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! — like the television show current-day parents 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 up-beat pop songs and imaginative lyrics. 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 could not memorize the multiplication tables. From this simple idea, “Schoolhouse Rock” was born and quickly adopted by ABC-TV which broadcast the series from 1973 to 1985.

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