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By Connie Sellecca
Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale
High School Musical is a highly entertaining movie for the
whole family to enjoy. It is an engaging look at the politics of high school
and the passions that often exist beneath the surface. Gabriella and Troy are
two high school students who meet while on vacation with their families.
They discover their joy for singing after being forced into a karaoke
performance at a New Years Eve party.
When the drama teacher, Ms. Darbus, announces auditions for the school
musical, Gabriella and Troy both want to audition, but hesitate because they are
both concerned about their respective obligations, and the opinions of their
friends. Troy is a basketball star, and Gabriella, a new girl in school, is a "brainiac."
They decide to audition and earn a call back, much to the dismay of Sharpay
and Ryan Evans, the brother and sister team who have starred in the past 17
school musicals. Complications arise when Gabriella, due to her math and
science skills, is quickly drafted into the academic decathlon team. And
Troy, the star of the basketball team, is pressured to "keep his head in the
game." His teammates, and his dad who is the coach, remind him that they're
counting on him to win the coveted league championship.
Gabriella and Troy's decision to audition sets off a chain of events at the high
school; students suddenly start breaking out of their cliques, talking to
other students and admitting that they too have secret passions. However,
the members of the academic decathlon and basketball teams feel that they
need their star players to focus on the goal, and join together to come up
with a plan to separate Gabriella and Troy so they won't go to the call back
auditions. To top it off, Sharpay convinces Ms. Darbus to change the date
of the call backs to the same time as both the decathlon and the
championship basketball game!
When their friends realize how miserable Troy and Gabriella are, they recognize
that as true friends, they should offer support, no matter what the
situation. The brainiacs and the jocks devise a plan that allows Gabriella to
complete the decathlon, Troy to play in the basketball game, and both of
them to perform at the call backs. Their brilliant audition brings down the
house and they win the lead roles in the school musical.
This movie is highly entertaining; the musical performances are catchy, with
engaging high energy. The sing-a-long and dance-a-long versions of the
movie also allow viewers to participate in the musical experience. The
characters are warm, funny and realistically portray some of the struggles
that children face in school and life. There is no questionable content
aside from Sharpay's attempts to sabotage Gabriella and Troy's chances for the
musical. This movie teaches many positive lessons about friendship, taking
chances, breaking out of stereotypical cliques, and the power of
perseverance. High School Musical
will renew your faith in the entertainment industry for recognizing a need
for this type of programming. Kudos to Disney for repeatedly airing the
movie, giving families opportunities for viewing parties and sharing the
excitement with other ‘tweens.
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