It’s back to kindergarten for this year’s fall play at TAHS

GOOD TIMES IN “KINDERGARTEN” — TAHS students, from left, Bobbi Jo Evers, Tristan Xiong, Kristin Bohn, Jenna Spanovich and Madelynn Schumacher rehearse a scene from the school’s fall production “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” 

Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts On Common Things

By Per Peterson

In case you forgot, kindergarten is about more than fingerpainting and nap time, and thespians at Tracy Area High School are taking a trip back in time that they probably wish could be more than make believe.

This year’s fall play production, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” features a number of plays within the play, as well as some music.

“It’s a series of short stories about growing up and life,” said director/coach Erin Dahmes. “It’s Robert Fulghum’s stories made into a play.”

“The essential theme is mostly around the kindergarten creed, like, play fair, always wash your hands — it’s just kind of really taking us back to the basics,” senior Bobbi Jo Evers said.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday — all in the TAHS gymnasium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The stories chosen for this particular production are a blend of both comedic and somber themes.

“It’s about things you learn in kindergarten and through growing up that still apply to your adult life, and how when we grow up, we kind of lose sight of those things you learn when you’re young,” said senior Kristin Bohn.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.