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'Rock the Presidents' musical at Holmes Oct. 9

Childsplay's "Rock the Presidents" was a hit at its February 2012 premiere in Tempe, Ariz., performing to capacity crowds. Submitted Photo1 / 2
Just in time for the election, Childsplay will be in Detroit Lakes Tuesday, one of 35 stops on the tour in cities from California to Florida. Submitted Photo2 / 2

From rockin' Sons Of Washington, the groovy-psychedelic I'm Not All Bad, to the twangy, horse-riding country western style of Ronald Reagan, Childsplay announces the "World Tour" of its smash-hit musical "Rock the Presidents."

Embarking on its North American Tour of 35 U.S. cities, "Rock the Presidents" brings the history of our top executive office to life in this high-energy, multi-media extravaganza.

The show hits the Historic Holmes Theatre stage on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"Rock the Presidents" is part of the Arvig Discovery Series.

Arvig is committed to supporting learning through the arts with theatrical productions presented by some of the nation's best children's theatrical touring troupes.

Each show will enhance learning, fire imaginations and reinforce school curriculums, with study guides available online for all Discovery Series Shows.

This engagement is also supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and can be purchased online at, by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

In the genre of the musical history lessons of "School House Rock," the hits just keep coming as Childsplay brings all 223 years of 44 presidents to life in this rocking, musical revue.

Songs include Hail To The Chiefs, Who in the World is Millard Filmore?, More Than Four Years, Here Come the Generals, The Buck Stops Here, Shake America and The Sons of Washington.

The legacies, the one-termers, the mistakes and the triumphs. The generals, the first ladies, even the presidential pets!

"Rock the Presidents" was created by Dwayne Hartford (book and lyrics), Tempe composer Sarah Roberts (music) and is directed by Anthony Runfola.

Original cast includes Yolanda London as Amy, Eric Boudreau as Harry and Colin Ross as Ted. Valley musicians Jonathan "Jiver" Jivie (music director, piano-keyboards) Mark Stolper (drums), Scott Miner (bass) and Jason Brown (guitar) provide the soundtrack for the original songs.

"Rock the Presidents" was a smash hit at its February premiere in Tempe, Ariz. performing to capacity crowds.

Public demand was so great for the show that Childsplay extended the performances for two additional weekends and pledged to audiences it would bring the show back to kick off its next season.

The acclaimed theatre company for young audiences kicked off its coast-to-cast National Tour in September, with performances in 35 U.S. cities from California to Florida.

Set amongst a presidential backdrop framed by a bald eagle and stars and stripes, the innovative scenic design from Holly Windingstad features a large screen center stage to showcase the multi-media aspects of the production.

Phoenix-based Limitrophe Films created the video aspects to bring a high-voltage, interactive element to the show.

Presidential portraits, paintings and historical footage stream throughout the "concert." 

During the performance, the cast interacts with the video screen in such engaging segments as a video game battle in the Sons of Washington, a Game Show called "The Pres-i-Tron," a '60s psychedelic lava lamp technique for I'm Not all Bad to the neon sign of the Lonely Presidents Lounge.

At the conclusion of the show, cast uses the "Future Presi-Cam" camera to span the crowd and find our future aspiring presidents as they rock out to "Are You A President to Be?"

At the Tempe premiere, kids and families went crazy for the show, from grandmas in the audience performing air guitar and showing off their rock-and-roll fists, to a 6-year-old who spontaneously shouted out to the stage, "I love you Abraham Lincoln!!"

Childsplay has released the original cast recording of the "Rock the Presidents" soundtrack. The CD is available on iTunes, or

For more information about Childsplay's "Rock the Presidents," visit or call 480-921-5703.