The Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center will present the stage show Grace for President on Sunday afternoon, and Center Director Chris Aucoin-Melohn said he thinks the audience will love the show’s up-beat modern songs, fun dance routines, and clap-along beats.
“This show is very interactive with the audience, so feel free to cheer along and let your voices be heard,” he said. “Grace for President is enjoyed by all ages. Kids are familiar with this title, as they have been introduced to the book in their schools. We also find that adults and parents can be seen nodding their head to the music and cheering along with the kids.”
The show is based on Kelly S. DiPucchio’s book of the same title. When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace asks “Where are the girls?”, as her third-grade teacher rolls out a poster of all 44 U.S. presidents. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be the first female president. Grace immediately starts off her political career as a candidate and initiates a mock school election. She seems the likely winner until the most popular boy runs against her.
The basics of elections, from campaigns to the complexity of the Electoral College, are explained in a way that is clear and age appropriate. The audience is invited to join Grace and her classmates on a musical theater journey through the throes of campaigning and pep rallies, service projects and posters, as Grace and her classmates discover what it takes to be the best candidate.
The show will be presented Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit lafonartscenter.org.