The Day John Henry Came to School

by Eric Pfeffinger 
directed by Ernie Nolan​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

4/7/2015 10:00 AM - 5/16/2015 10:00 AM

​TUE, THU & FRI at 10 AM
SAT & SUN at 2 PM
Please check the calendar for specific performance dates.​

scenic design by ​Elyse Balogh
costume design by Meg Burke
lighting design by Daniel Friedman
sound design by Morgan Lake
dramaturgy by Gen Zoufal
stage management by Mario E. Wolfe

DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre

(312) 922-1999

Show Calendar

John Henry loves technology, but doesn’t love doing his homework. If buttons and gadgets are not involved, he’s not interested. When his teacher, Mr. Gellert, is replaced by a mega-computer, Johnny couldn’t be happier. Then his steel-driving great-great-great-great-grandfather arrives for show-and-tell, and Johnny must take on the challenge of his life! The contemporary tall tale focuses on the value of hard work and the strength of the human spirit.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

THEMES: Ancestry; Confidence; Diligence; Folklore and Tall Tales; Motivation; Technology and Humanity

The cast features Maddie Baird (Chorus), Trevor Bates (Chorus), Michael Buono (Chorus), Aida Delaz (Chorus), Tyler Esselman (Mr. Gellert), Maya Malan-Gonzales (Jeanie), Denzel Irby (Johnny Henry), Christopher Jones (John Henry), Juwan Lockett (Chorus), Asia Martin, (Chorus), and Jessica Maynard (Ms. Huntington).​

Special Events: 
4/18: USO of Illinois Day—US Armed Forces personnel & their families can reserve up to four free tickets. Visit
4/18: Opening Day Autograph Session with the cast following the performance 
4/12: Special Sunday performance (2 PM) 
4/30 & 5/9: Post-Show Discussion  ​


Accessibility Services and Interpreted Performances:
If you or your child require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let us know when you reserve your tickets so that we can make sure you visit to our theatre is an excellent one. Discounted tickets are available for patrons with disabilities, and their guests.

Performances Interpreted in American Sign Language & Assisted Listening Devices:
The performances of The Day John Henry Came to School on 5/1 (10 AM) and 5/2 (2 PM) will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call TTY (773) 325-7975. We also offer Sennheiser Infra-red personal listening devices for each performance at DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre. These assisted listening devices are available to patrons upon request.​