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Fire Hall Theatre will be rockin'

When Mare Thompson tells people she's directing the show "School House Rock Jr.," she's likely to hear: "Hey, I remember that from Saturday morning television."...

When Mare Thompson tells people she's directing the show "School House Rock Jr.," she's likely to hear: "Hey, I remember that from Saturday morning television."

The 1970s children's television show was all about teaching and learning, from how a bill goes through Congress, to the distance from the earth to the sun, with songs such as "Conjunction Junction," and more.

In "School House Rock Jr.," which opens tonight at Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks, new teacher Mr. Mizer, played by Ryan King, faces his first days of school with some trepidation. His fears are calmed somewhat by characters from a television show who come through the screen to help him.

The show continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. March 7-8 and 2 p.m. March 9. It features 11 of the 70 songs that originally played on the TV show. The theater performance is a musical revue with main characters. Thompson has divided each into a singing role and a speaking role to give children more stage time, she said.

The show is being presented by Fire Hall Theatre's Spotlight Players. Thompson is co-directing with Jane Syverson.

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The cast includes Emily Anderson, Megan Bartlett, Adele Benoit, Noah Cline, Seth Cline, Scott Dulsen, Jetiah Flermoen, Joel Fontaine, Katie Gabik, Ted Helgeson, Kelly King, Ryan King, Sussie Kjenstad, Ally Kvidt, Michala Lee, Victoria Lee, Samantha Lefebvre, Zachary Lefebvre, Kayla McCreary, Ivy Grace McGurran, Jameson Mohr, Kahtleen Mohr, McKenzie Netz, Ali Nicolai, Olivia Otto, Chlaire Romo, Nicole Rothenberger, Tina Shafer, Eva Starke, Taylor Stauss, Elise Stayman, Sarah Stordahl, Anny Syrup, Hannah Syverson, Liz Syverson and Claire Thompson. Assistant directors are Carly Flagan, Taylor Netz, Liz Otto and Katie Sprague. Joel Fontaine is handling props and Ali Scrable is choreographer.

Tickets, $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens, are available by calling (701) 777-4090. They'll also be sold at the door.

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