Free mime musical comes to Nicholl Park


Mimes and music might not be the first combination that comes to mind when thinking of live performances, but the San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT) isn’t letting that stop them. The group will be presenting “Schooled—A New Musical” on Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m., at Nicholl Park, and the alfresco affair will be free to the public.

The show, according to the SFMT, is about the privatization of public education and the threat created to our democracy when a populace is not educated or politically informed.

For those wondering just how a group of silent performers might perform a musical, SFMT does not do traditional “silent” pantomime, and instead approaches the miming process in the ancient sense — to mimic. Performers talk, sing and make plenty of noise as they poke fun at various aspects of contemporary culture.

SFMT will also precede the performance with a live musical act at 1:30 p.m., and show-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to picnic during the event.

“Schooled” debuted in Berkeley on July 2 and will continue playing at various venues around the Bay Area through Sept. 5. To learn more about the show, or where else the group will be performing, visit the SFMT website.