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SF Mime Troupe "Schooled"
Date Saturday August 06
Time 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
UCSC - Porter College Quad
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95064
Event Type Concert/Show
Organizer/AuthorLawrence Helman
Emaillhelman [at] sbcglobal.net
Phone(415) 661- 1260
August 6 & 7 (Saturday & Sunday), 2:30 PM
SF Mime Troupe "Schooled"
at UCSC - Porter College Quad
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95064
*Bring your beach chair or blanket.
FREE Theater / Donations Appreciated

The play, "Schooled" deals with the Education system and it’s a musical!

The SF Mime Troupe is CA born and bread.
This is the 57th season for the Tony Award-winning Theatre Company.

Synopsis:
Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Lavinia Jones feels about her son Thomas’ new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. Decades of funding cuts have resulted in old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and underpaid teachers, making Roosevelt exactly the sort of public school that has failed students time and time again. Isn't it time for something… efficient? And efficient is exactly what Fredersen Babbit, from Learning Academy for Virtual Achievement (LAVA Corp.), promises to bring to the district. New Technology, remote learning, computer-generated teachers –LAVA promises to put the “virtual” in achievement! But with kids learning from home, do we need all these empty schools? And with privatization on the line, a Wall Street heavy hitter on one side and a feisty octogenarian teacher Ethel Orocuru on the other, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum. Are schools the last chance for democracy, or is education the next frontier for profit? Can we trust a politician’s public/private plan to replace an out-of-date system, or is there something even more sinister than privatization going on behind the doors of LAVA? And wait - when did the hall monitors start wearing brown shirts and arm bands? When it comes to the real plan for the future of education – and of our democracy - are we all about to get... Schooled?

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Added to the calendar on Thursday Jul 28th, 2016 3:55 PM
§SF Mime Troupe - Schooled
by L. Helman Saturday Jul 30th, 2016 2:42 PM
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Santa Cruz Dates:
UC Santa Cruz, Porter Quad (new location)
Sat., Aug. 6 - 3:00 pm show (Music 2:30)
Sun., Aug. 7 - 3:00 pm show (Music 2:30)
UC Santa Cruz - 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, 95064 Ticket Info: FREE (donation)

Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Lavinia Jones feels about her son Thomas’ new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. Decades of funding cuts have resulted in old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and underpaid teachers, making Roosevelt exactly the sort of public school that has failed students time and time again. Isn't it time for something… efficient? And efficient is exactly what Fredersen Babbit, from Learning Academy for Virtual Achievement (LAVA Corp.), promises to bring to the district. New Technology, remote learning, computer-generated teachers –LAVA promises to put the “virtual” in achievement! But with kids learning from home, do we need all these empty schools? And with privatization on the line, a Wall Street heavy hitter on one side and a feisty octogenarian teacher Ethel Orocuru on the other, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum. Are schools the last chance for democracy, or is education the next frontier for profit? Can we trust a politician’s public/private plan to replace an out-of-date system, or is there something even more sinister than privatization going on behind the doors of LAVA? And wait - when did the hall monitors start wearing brown shirts and arm bands? When it comes to the real plan for the future of education – and of our democracy - are we all about to get... Schooled?

You don’t need a PhD to know that this equation, preposterous a year ago, is a frightening reality today. History students learn that strong-arm fascism and its despotic leaders have occurred with ugly regularity throughout time. Unfortunately, without that knowledge, we are doomed to live the “yes” answer to that classic essay question, “Does history repeat itself?” Today, with a system that pushes the bottom line rather than critical thinking, our educators are struggling to teach the lessons that will empower our citizens and revitalize our democracy.

Right now the hottest ticket on Broadway is a history lesson. And at the SF Mime Troupe we are more committed than ever to use our stage as a classroom and our classrooms as stages, showing and telling the stories of these challenging times, while helping others to create and perform real stories of their own.

This summer in Schooled, the SF Mime Troupe tackles the crisis in education itself. We examine the dangers to a public liberal education, the larger forces behind them, and their threat to our participatory democracy. Playing multiple characters, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Velina Brown, Lisa Hori-Garcia and Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, represent various players in this tug of war with the minds of our children (and future voters) at the heart of it. Written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan with songs by Ira Marlowe, Schooled reflects our passion for this subject as teachers, parents, and citizen artists - a passion that will be shared in post-show discussions with our audiences and community leaders.


Schooled is written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan.
Music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe.
Directed by: Michael Gene Sullivan
Music director: Daniel Savio
Musicians include: William Durkee, Dominic Moisant, and Daniel Savio.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Leigh Meyers
Friday Jul 29th, 2016 5:12 PM
Open Letter to the San Francisco Mime Troupe from a Santa Cruz citizen on the occasion of their 2016 performance here.

Hello Troupe,

It appears no one is going to slam the city council for a bogus inspection requirement forcing the troupe to move away from the city''s downtown area and the convenience of San Lorenzo Park for a location on High street.

It's gotten to the point in the gentrification of the town that I'd suggest 'maybe Santa Cruz doesn't deserve the Mime Troupe's presence at all'. That it's going to become another UCSC "Event".

That demeans the reason for the Mime Troupe's existence and neuters it's importance as a STREET THEATER group with performances available to all INCLUDING A LARGE HOMELESS POPULATION THAT HAS NO PLACE TO STORE IT'S STUFF to 'trip up the hill'.

Am I getting my point across?

(I'd also point out the city socially engineered services and cajoled businesses to remove anything resembling storage for low income people forcing the houseless to carry their worldly possessions around like a cross, a symbol of disenfranchisement, and not just a symbol... Try to find a job toting your possessions around)

I sadly suggest the San Francisco Mime Troupe should not return to Santa Cruz to perform until their use of a convenient park downtown is restored, Harvey West Park would also be a suitable venue, , and I will hope the Troupe members take to heart the disgust I have with the city and it's so-called progressive-liberal citizens who allow the city to socially engineer the town into a cultureless, consumer-pandering nightmare.
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