The Juneau Douglas HIgh School theater season kicks off Friday with "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." The play, based on Robert Fulgham's best-selling book, brings audiences an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues and original songs. Director Michaela Moore said she chose the play for its universal themes and resonance in everyday life, and said it's especially well-suited to a high school production because it can accommodate a wide range of actors.
Fulghum's book, a series of essays, was published in 1988 and has sold more than 7 million copies. In it he describes how the basic behaviors and mindsets that were stressed in kindergarten (be kind, share, nap, hold hands) are also solid guides for adults. He worked with director Ernest Zulia and composer David Caldwell to create a musical based on the book, which premiered in 1992.
This is the first JDHS play involving new auditorium manager Bo Anderson, who took over for Lucas Holland. Ulu Mills, stage manager from Thunder Mountain High School, helped with lighting and set design until Anderson arrived.
Performances will run at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16, at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at jahc.org, at Hearthside Books, or at the door.