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Highways, Byways and School Assembly Performers

We Bring the Field Trip to You!
Today marks an anniversary in Chicago, Illinois. On this day in 1961, the first section of the Dan Ryan Expressway was opened.  Mobile Ed performers are very familiar with the Dan Ryan, as we travel it often bringing our assembly programs into Chicago from Michigan or where ever they have been the week before.

The Dan Ryan is, of course, part of the Interstate Highway system that covers the United States, carrying at different times, Interstate 90 and Interstate 94. Most of us just think of it as “the freeway” or “the expressway”.

The Interstate system was begun under President Eisenhower, through the Federal Highway Act of 1956. It is now a system comprising more than 47,000 miles of roadway, the second largest in the world, after that of China. I think our school show presenters have driven on just about every one of those long miles. We have come a long way since the beginning of roads in this country. Many cities originally covered roads in pavers, bricks, cobble stones or even wooden planks (which was a popular option in Michigan), before the first truly paved roads appeared. And where was that? Why, in Motown, of course!

The first stretch of paved road in this country was a mile long stretch of the famous Woodward Avenue in Detroit, between 6 Mile Road and 7 Mile Road. It was built in 1909, not far, as you would imagine, from the new Ford plant in Highland Park, Michigan. What a coincidence!

Of course, the first real controlled access highways were built in Germany not long after that, and that famous “Autobahn” system became the model for not only our Interstate system, but for high speed motorways around the world.

The Interstate System in this country has allowed our economy to become the largest in the world, carrying staggering amounts of people, materials and goods all over the nation every day. And also carrying a few brave school assembly performers. These intrepid soles venture out every day, often in vehicles that have themselves racked up hundreds and hundreds of thousands of miles, traveling to cities and towns nationwide, delivering high quality educational school shows to school children in more than thirty states. And they do it with a smile!

So, when we come to visit your school, with a portable planetarium, or a Ben Franklin show, or a show about bullying, please show a little kindness to our guys. You have no idea what they have been through, just to get to you!
by Geoff Beauchamp
Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN

Just Like Clockwork!


Don’t you just love to be able to say that? Whenever we are involved in any project and we can say that we feel great. As a school show presenter, I like to put the key into the ignition of my Ford one-ton van after loading up all my equipment and have the feeling everything went “just like clockwork”. That would mean a minimum of proper planning and communication would have been executed by a number of key players. Let’s look at all of the individuals and their roles to make this happen.

What is an IHFT?

STEM Robotics

Kids love an IHFT. Teachers love an IHFT. Parent/teacher organizations love an IHFT.  So what is an IHFT? The acronym stands for In House Field Trip!  So why have an IHFT instead of the standard field trip because students love those too?

With Today’s Emphasis on Science and Math, Why Choose a Historical Character?

Ben Franklin electrifies a school!

I think that is an honest question that I am dying to answer.  Most people will confess that history was boring to them in school. I am one of those.  My son and my wife are just the opposite. They LOVE history. I wish I had too.  I believe if I had been exposed to a few assembly programs featuring believable historical characters that were interesting, held my attention, carried me to their time in history, and challenged my thinking, I would have had a totally different attitude as I entered the history classroom.

Former Mobile Ed Performer Stars in WW2 Drama


For 5 years, Lawrence C. Garnell Jr. toured the nation with Mobile Ed Productions performing and training other actors in our acclaimed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly program.  Mr. Garnell was very successful with the program and says, "Without the training I received from the tour and being on the road, I would not have developed the discipline in performing under varied conditions."

Here Comes Those Big White Vans!

Fun and education in a van!

In the past few years, large cargo-style white vans have been associated with abductions and sniper serial killers. Yet 999.99% of these type of vans belong to contractors, repair men, delivery companies, and a plethora of honest and needed resources to keep America going. One of the most unique and important user of these suspicious vehicles is the educational school show presenter. For them it is a necessary means of transportation and way to transport these amazing and entertaining props used in their educational assemblies presentation. (Photo: Robert Pirtle showing off his new sign.)

Bullying Assemblies Not Just For Students

Dave Mitchell performing his Stronger Than a Bully school assembly show

I have been performing the Stronger Than A Bully assembly show for a few years now and have always received positive responses from the teachers and faculty.  Anytime a performer receives a nice comment as the teachers exit the auditorium, it adds a bit of icing on the cake. We watch the faces and reactions constantly during the performance to check for attention level and to see if they are getting the message. And to be honest, we watch the faculty as well.

School Assembly Showcase in Chicago Rolls Around Again!

chicago school assembly showcase

Yes, its that time again! School is starting right this week in many places and another exciting year is under way! Do you know what awesome school assemblies your kids will see this year? If not, well...time is wasting and the best dates are filling quickly. It is time to get moving!

Anti Bullying Assemblies for Middle and High Schools

bullying in middle schools

The start of school is right around the corner and everywhere school personnel and parents are scrambling to make plans for the new school year. The start of a new year is often seen as a time to set a solid behavioral tone for the year with some kind of plan to encourage strong character among students and also to combat bullying.

Anti Bullying Shows to Kick Off The New Year

bullying assembly school

Well it's now July and everyone is out enjoying the great weather we sincerely do hope! Enjoy the summer while you can because before you know it the gusty cooler weather of Fall will be upon us.

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