It was a pretty cool thing growing up in the '70s and being able to recite the preamble to the Constitution and know what an adverb is years before we were supposed to. And for all our smarty-pantsness, we had Schoolhouse Rock to thank.
These were short cartoons -- often wildly psychedelic ones -- that flashed across our Saturday morning TV screens, each one giving us lessons in history, grammar, math, science, even politics, and soundtracked it with incessantly hummable tunes that are still impossible to forget decades later.
Watch -- if you're of a certain age and you read this sentence ... "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" ... you're not just reading it, you're singing it, right? Now look up from your laptop and wonder why people around you are looking at you funny ...
Laguna Beach's own No Square Theater taps into Gen-X nostalgia this weekend with a three-performanace run of "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.", so expect to hear all those favorite ditties again, and turn your kids on to some lessons that'll stay with them longer than anything they could learn in a classroom. Also: they'll be choreography!
No Square Theatre presents "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." at Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, (949) 715-0333. Fri.-Sat., March 15-16, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 2 p.m. $5-$10. Click here to buy tickets, and click here to see the poster.