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Haley Tandy (left) and guest artist William Salmons rehearse a song from the show.

There’s nothing more exciting to 12-year-old Haley Tandy than standing on stage and watching her audience enjoy the show.

"Being on stage gives me a rush of happiness and energy that I don’t get from other things that I do," Tandy said.

The 7th-grade student at Grace Christian School in Blacklick is performing in "School House Rock Live, Jr." at Columbus Children’s Theatre this month. "School House" is based upon the Emmy Award winning Saturday morning TV show and features many of the popular songs,  "Conjunction Junction," "Three is a Magic Number" and "Interjection."

The show plays Aug. 13-24 at CCT’s Park Street Theatre, located at 512 N. Park St., Columbus.

Though a veteran of acting in school performances, "School House Rock" will be her first show with Columbus Children’s Theatre. It initially was her mother who encouraged her to try out for the production.

"I was familiar with some of the songs and my mom was telling me about how she used to love watching them on T.V.," Tandy said. "I thought it sounded like fun, and I was right."

In the ensemble show, all the actors play themselves and use their own names.

"My favorite thing about ‘School House Rock’ is that the songs are so fun, informative and energetic, that when you’re listening to them you just can’t help but smile," she said.

Being part of a production on any level takes work, she said.

"Acting is a challenge, because often times you have to be something you’re not, so I like the challenge as well," she said.

She draws her inspiration from her drama teacher Shanna Lipp.

"She has been the one to really inspire me to go further with my acting abilities," Tandy said. "She is a true inspiration to me."

Although Tandy said she plans to act in high school, she’s keeping her options open down the road.

"I think that I could pursue it as a career, but I have an open mind about other things as well," she said.

Performances are 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 13-24. All seats are $9.

For ticket information, call 224-6672.

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