Does your brood love live theater? If you are looking for a “rockin’” kids’ show to enjoy with your young thespians this fall, look no further than Rock the Presidents! This spunky, energetic, and aptly timed show will not only entertain, it is guaranteed to educate. Read on for our inside scoop on what you can expect when the curtain goes up.

Photo Credit: NWCT

Photo: via NWCT

The Story

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in the white house? What are all of the secrets that the Secret Service has worked so hard to hide over the years? Well, you will finally know all after the curtains close on the NWCT production of Rock the Presidents! Described as a “rock n roll extravaganza,” this production is both entertaining and educational. You and your little theater lovers are sure to learn something new as the stories of the 44 men who held the title of President are recreated through rock, pop and folk songs. Along with revealing facts about each Presidency, from Washington to Obama, the show also covers the stories of some of the Secret Service Agents, including Barbara Marie, Jimmie Herrod, and Isaac Frank—and other untold mysteries of the Oval Office. It features the amazing talents of John Oules (Director), Darcy White (Music Director), and Kemba Shannon (Choreography) and is sure to please parents and kids alike!

Before the Show

Want to get a bite to eat before the show, NWCT is in the heart of the Nob Hill district and there are a plethora of family-friendly restaurants in the surrounding blocks. McMenamin’s Blue Moon tavern and Pizza Schmizza are just two of the options that will please both the little and big members of your family. For more options, the theater has a list of recommended restaurants here.

We recommend arriving at the theater a few minutes early as you want to be sure to have plenty of time to find a cushion for your seat (provided for free) and to use the potty before the curtains go up.

Photo Credit: NWCT

Photo: via NWCT

Getting There

Parking can be tricky, so we recommend you plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before show time. Also, consider using public transportation (NWCT is located on several bus lines and is close to the streetcar and the MAX lines) or riding your bike.

When: September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 9, 15, 21, and 22 at 6 p.m.. There is also a sensory friendly performance (specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities) on October 14 at 6 p.m., an audio described performance on October 15 at 6 p.m., and an AASL-interpreted show on October 21 at 6 p.m.
Runtime: Approximately 1 hour
Cost: ranges from $10.50-$23
Where: NWCT (1819 NW Everett Street, Portland, Oregon)
Ages: 6 & up
Online: NWCTS.ORG

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—Emily Hogan