All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Image of a playbill for Everything I Need to Know about Life I Learned in Kindergarten.Union College drama presented All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as the Spring 2012 play. This warm musical comedy based on Robert Fulghum’s book featured five student actors in a series of stories depicting life’s journey from kindergarten through adulthood and the lessons learned along the way.

“This musical is not about kindergarten so much as it is about life as it proceeds afterwards,” said Mark Robison, a professor of English and drama at Union College and the director of Kindergarten. “It’s stories about the entire spectrum of life—something everyone can relate to.”

Conceived by Emily Zulia with music and lyrics by David Caldwell, Kindergarten features original songs and number of colorful characters including a young boy who insists on playing the pig in his school’s production of Cinderella and steals the show and a man who wants to fly so badly he sails over Los Angeles in a lawn chair buoyed by weather balloons.

“This play reminds you of all the lessons you learned back in kindergarten when you didn’t have a care in the world,” said Jack Sauder, a sophomore communication major in his first collegiate production. “When I was in kindergarten, I learned to take a nap every day. Unfortunately, now I have to take my naps at night.”

“It’s going to be funny and heartwarming,” said Stacy Ramos, a freshman nursing major. “I think it’s a good lesson to stay in touch with the kid in your heart.”

The cast also included KariLynn Carlson, Cody MacRae and Union College drama veterans James Hall and Tommy Kennedy. Dan Lynn, professor of music, provides musical direction.

The performance will take place in Woods Auditorium on the campus of Union College. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. They are available for purchase at the Union College Campus Store, or at the door.

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