On Sunday I took my girls to see We the People: America Rocks! TheatreWorks USA latest free summer production for kids. The story: The Four Founding Fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin use rock ‘n roll to explain the American Democracy and how the government works. In the vein of Schoolhouse Rock the show is full of witty lyrical songs that are filled with really good information and actual learning. The cast is funny and energetic and also have great voices. In order to make the show at kid level the main character is a 14 year old girl running for Student Council President. She’s got to learn to take that job seriously and how all citizens can make a difference and be a part of the government.
I thought We the People: America Rocks! was well done and certainly went all out to entertain and inform the kids. But, my eight year old daughters found it difficult to follow completely. If you’re going to see the show, and I do recommend it, you might want to have a discussion about the branches of government, definitely go over who those founding fathers were, and also touch on The Constitution and Bill of Rights. You don’t have to give a full civics lesson, but a little background will go a long way. We had a lot of these talks after the show as we tried to explain the details of what they were singing about in the show. I’m a total civics and history geek so I love having these discussions, but I think they would’ve gotten more out of the show had they understood some basic workings of our government beforehand. It’s not a show for kids 7 and under for sure. They just won’t get it.
Here are the Free Ticket Details:
Tickets for WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS! are FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office (121 Christopher St.) starting at 9:30 a.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per adult.
WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS! is a 60-minute, one-act musical, recommended for children ages eight (8) and up. The performance schedule is as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Thursday – 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday – 2 p.m.
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