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By DAVID ZURAWIK | December 15, 2008
How many times can the high-school-musical narrative be retold and replayed? The ABC newsmagazine 20/20 takes a whack at this evergreen tonight with "Drama High: The Making of a High School Musical," which offers a backstage look at the making of a production of The Wiz at a high school in Virginia. There is no shortage of energy, excitement, hope and heartbreak as more than 100 students try out for four openings in the cast. I love this story, and it is one of the most durable in American popular culture.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
They're the kind of products that would never carry the words "As seen on TV. " A winged backpack that flies you to school on time. An exploding water bomb that thwarts school bullies. A clothes hanger-shaped boomerang for felling a Tyrannosaurus rex. Those who conjured up the products also created corresponding commercials, and you won't see those on television, either. They're courtesy of the imagination of students at the Columbia-based Drama Learning Center, who last week took part in a weeklong summer camp called TV Stars: Reality TV & Commercials.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
The High School Musical craze that has swept the nation has found its way to Running Brook Elementary School. This month, 50 fourth- and fifth-graders at the school performed the stage production of the Emmy Award-winning television movie. The performances topped off an eight-week drama class at the school. The class was subsidized - students had to pay $25 instead of the usual $185 fee - with money from the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, BRIDGES Over Howard County, Target and Howard Bank.
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December 18, 2011
My husband and I were treated to a most wonderful performance of "High School Musical Jr. " at Catonsville Middle School this past weekend! The students not only served as actors on stage but some, like our daughter, Paige, worked behind the scenes operating the sound, music and lighting systems. All the students are to be commended for sharing their talents on stage and backstage. This community is truly blessed with support from teachers, parents, neighbors and businesses.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | October 24, 2008
You may leave High School Musical 3: Senior Year feeling stuffed with cotton candy, but you have to give credit to the showbiz ingenuity and chutzpah of producer-director-choreographer Kenny Ortega. Without fear of repetition or exhaustion, he ushers us back into East High in Albuquerque, N.M., where the glittering red-and-white halls might be assembled from brand-new Lego blocks, and all the students are above average in musical-stage skills. Ortega is adept at whipping up megajoules of energy from ingredients so pro forma that in other hands they'd produce nary a spark.
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By KEN FUSON and KEN FUSON,SUN STAFF | June 1, 1997
Spellbound she sits, her mother on one side, her boyfriend on the other, as another young woman performs the role that will someday be hers.Since she was little, Angie Guido has dreamed of standing on stage, playing the Puerto Rican girl who falls in love with the Polish boy named Tony.Maria.She will be Maria in West Side Story.Say it loud and there's music playing."That's me, Mom," she said.Say it soft and it's almost like praying.It won't be long, Angie thinks as she delights in a touring company production of West Side Story at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,Newsday | August 15, 2007
Where last year's Disney Channel movie sensation, High School Musical, aimed to be fun for everyone, the sequel that debuts on the cable channel Friday is designed from top to bottom for true believers. This movie is for devotees who've memorized every moment of the original and want nothing more than to relive it, for those waiting and craving for hottie Troy and cute Gabriella and conniving Sharpay to be just as hot, cute and conniving as they were before, only more so. On TV High School Musical 2 airs at 8 p.m. Friday on the Disney Channel.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Theater Critic | February 21, 2008
The national tour of High School Musical running at the Hippodrome Theatre is urgently in need of a life-giving infusion of bad taste. Paging John Waters. If you go High School Musical runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through March 2. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $25-$70. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.
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By Jennifer Choi and Jennifer Choi,Sun reporter | February 19, 2008
As a former jock who can sing and dance, Jeff Calhoun didn't have to look far for inspiration when he took the reins of Disney's touring production of High School Musical. While his hero, basketball star Troy Bolton, steps out of his comfort zone to star in the school musical, Calhoun himself deftly juggled football and tap class at his rural Pennsylvania high school - and was even crowned the prom king. If you go High School Musical runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through March 2. Show times: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays.
NEWS
November 18, 2007
Disney musical -- Tidewater Players Community Theater will present the Harford County premiere of Disney's High School Musical at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16 at 121 N. Union St., Havre de Grace (no show Nov. 23). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. A credit card is required to hold reservations. 410-939-5046.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | August 13, 2009
Before "Bandslam" came along, Maryland-bred actor Gaelan Connell's biggest role was Michael Darling in Irene Lewis' 2002 Center Stage production of "Peter Pan." "I got to fly," he whoops. "It was really cool. They had pirates and people flying across the stage and it was very magical. If you can imagine me at age 13, a much smaller me with even bigger hair. ..." Connell stops and laughs at the "surreality" of it all. He's gone from levitating in his jammies to playing the character in "Bandslam" who wins the trust of Aly Michalka and the heart of Vanessa Hudgens.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | December 15, 2008
How many times can the high-school-musical narrative be retold and replayed? The ABC newsmagazine 20/20 takes a whack at this evergreen tonight with "Drama High: The Making of a High School Musical," which offers a backstage look at the making of a production of The Wiz at a high school in Virginia. There is no shortage of energy, excitement, hope and heartbreak as more than 100 students try out for four openings in the cast. I love this story, and it is one of the most durable in American popular culture.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | October 24, 2008
You may leave High School Musical 3: Senior Year feeling stuffed with cotton candy, but you have to give credit to the showbiz ingenuity and chutzpah of producer-director-choreographer Kenny Ortega. Without fear of repetition or exhaustion, he ushers us back into East High in Albuquerque, N.M., where the glittering red-and-white halls might be assembled from brand-new Lego blocks, and all the students are above average in musical-stage skills. Ortega is adept at whipping up megajoules of energy from ingredients so pro forma that in other hands they'd produce nary a spark.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,Special To The Sun | June 25, 2008
County classrooms may be empty for the summer, but in the coming weeks the stages of several Howard County high schools will be bustling with young actors singing, dancing, conversing and emoting. Three productions are giving theatrical youth - ranging from second-graders to college students - opportunities to express themselves, expand their skills and enjoy some more time in the spotlight: *Howard County Summer Theater is producing High School Musical as its "junior" show for actors in second through ninth grades at Mount Hebron High School tomorrow and Friday; *A group of River Hill High School alumni, staff and students will produce The Glass Menagerie in that school's theater tomorrow, Friday and Saturday; *The Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts' Teen Professional Theatre begins rehearsals Monday for an original version of Phantom of the Opera, with performances scheduled for July 24 through 27. This is the third year the Howard County Summer Theater has had a junior production aimed at the youngest actors.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
The High School Musical craze that has swept the nation has found its way to Running Brook Elementary School. This month, 50 fourth- and fifth-graders at the school performed the stage production of the Emmy Award-winning television movie. The performances topped off an eight-week drama class at the school. The class was subsidized - students had to pay $25 instead of the usual $185 fee - with money from the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, BRIDGES Over Howard County, Target and Howard Bank.
FEATURES
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Theater Critic | February 21, 2008
The national tour of High School Musical running at the Hippodrome Theatre is urgently in need of a life-giving infusion of bad taste. Paging John Waters. If you go High School Musical runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through March 2. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $25-$70. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Gena R. Chattin and Gena R. Chattin,sun reporter | March 1, 2007
Kids across America have been singing along with Disney Channel's High School Musical in record numbers since it first aired last year, but some local young actors will be the first in the Baltimore area to perform it in front of an audience. Children's Playhouse of Maryland brings the stage version's area premiere to life starting Saturday at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus. Children's Playhouse got permission to perform the musical so early by moving fast and being in the right place at the right time.
FEATURES
By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | August 15, 2007
Tweens everywhere are texting, blogging and chatting about Friday's eagerly anticipated sequel, pondering whether it will be as totally awesome as the original. Adults without a preteen in their home may be asking, "Sequel to what?" High School Musical 2, welcome to the radar screen. The follow-up to last year's hit movie on cable TV's Disney Channel is garnering mainstream attention, more than three months after the network announced that the show would premiere Friday night. Consider that the original High School Musical was one of the biggest successes in pop culture last year.
FEATURES
By Jennifer Choi and Jennifer Choi,Sun reporter | February 19, 2008
As a former jock who can sing and dance, Jeff Calhoun didn't have to look far for inspiration when he took the reins of Disney's touring production of High School Musical. While his hero, basketball star Troy Bolton, steps out of his comfort zone to star in the school musical, Calhoun himself deftly juggled football and tap class at his rural Pennsylvania high school - and was even crowned the prom king. If you go High School Musical runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through March 2. Show times: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sundays.
NEWS
November 18, 2007
Disney musical -- Tidewater Players Community Theater will present the Harford County premiere of Disney's High School Musical at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16 at 121 N. Union St., Havre de Grace (no show Nov. 23). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. A credit card is required to hold reservations. 410-939-5046.
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