This summer, KLRU is choosing three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice programs are: NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air, revealing their stunning abilities; THE DAYTRIPPER: Georgetown, exploring Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas.”; ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage, offering an exclusive, behind-the-curtain look at what it takes to put on a major Broadway production and a companion website: pbs.org/annie
NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Airs: Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
repeats: Friday, June 14 at 3 a.m. & Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m.
Hummingbirds represent one of nature’s most interesting paradoxes — they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world.
THE DAYTRIPPER: Georgetown
Airs: Thursday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m.
repeats: Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. & Wednesday, June 26 at 5 a.m.
Chet explores Williamson County, including its historic square and the “oldest University in Texas.” He also walks on a high wire, dives in a swimming hole, and eats modern Mexican at a local establishment.
ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage
Airs: Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m.
repeats: Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m.
The documentary film follows the development of a single production number in the musical: the tuneful and rhythmic “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” defiantly belted out by the orphans. From the earliest discussions among the set and costume designers, through the casting process, into choreography and vocal rehearsals, onto the stage, and finally, into performance, the program follows the young cast’s journey to Opening Night. ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage will show audiences that actors are only one part of a complex whole when it comes to a major Broadway production.
Viewers will be introduced to the work of the talented creative professionals who impact, shape, and contribute to the final production. Broadway veterans — Tony Award winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights), Tony Award winning costume designer Susan Hilferty (Wicked, Spring Awakening, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), and set designer David Korins (Chinglish, Godspell, An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, Motown) — reveal their creative process as they work to prepare the young actors, most of them making their Broadway debuts. Additional interviewees include James Lapine (director), Martin Charnin (lyricist), Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music), and pre-teen actors Tyrah Odoms, Emily Rosenfeld, and Jaidyn Young, among others. Of an ensemble cast recruited from all across America, the pint-sized Emily Rosenfeld – the orphan Molly – is the documentary’s standout star, leaping off the screen with her infectious enthusiasm, singing and dancing chops, and outsized 9-year-old charm.
The comprehensive accompanying Web site features quizzes, historical games, audio presentations, and video interviews with the Broadway production team, giving kids and families everywhere an opportunity to explore the world of the musical. The Web site sets a new standard for educational outreach in support of a Broadway production, and provides an innovative model for re-imagining the way children and their families relate to live theatre, whether on Broadway, on tour, or in their local high school auditorium.