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"High School Musical"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Orpheum Academy's Youth Musical Theatre's latest production is Disney's "High School Musical". This version is an hour long adaptation from the Disney TV movie musical which was released on January 20, 2006. "High School Musical" is a story of two highs school students: Troy Bolton, who is the captain of his school's basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a shy transfer student who excels in math and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical. Despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist and inspire others along the way. Director/choreographer Dori Bryan and musical director Rob Goldman choose some talented kids from Grade 6-12 to play these roles, making the show a sell out and a sure fire hit with a very appreciative audience.

Dori and Rob work wonders with these kids with their acting, dancing and singing. The two leads of the show are dynamite in their roles. 14 year old Sean Gearin who I saw in "Oliver" with a glorious boy soprano voice, a couple of years ago and as Louis in "The King & I" a couple of months ago, plays the Troy. His voice is starting to change but he still is able to heat all the notes of his songs. Pretty brunette, Liz Harrington has a gorgeous voice and she and Sean's duet's are wonderful including their Karaoke song "Start of Something New", the pretty ballads "What I've Been Looking For" & "When There Was Me and You" and the joyous "Breaking Free" where they decide to tryout for the musical "Juliet and Romeo". The funniest person in the show is Alexia Delgiudice who plays the over the top blond haired drama teacher, Ms Darbus who hates cell phones. Her crazy antics and over pronunciation of her lines are a hoot. Playing the spoiled twins, Sharpay and Ryan Evans are Jill Proto and Cameron Perry. Sharpay is an arrogant girl who has always played the leads in the musicals with her brother. They do a rock version of the ballad "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top". Lauren Duffy is excellent as Troy's hard as nails coach who is also his mother and Lauren Dausch is wonderful as a sympathetic young playwright who roots for Troy and Gabriella to play the leads in her show. The talented and energetic cast sing and dance their way into your hearts in the group numbers including "Wildcat Cheer", "Stick to the Status Quo" and "We're All in this Together". So for a high energy rendition of a brand new musical, be sure to catch "High School Musical" in Foxboro. You will find many up and coming performers in this show.

"High School Musical" (19 - 21 January)
BAY COLONY PRODUCTIONS
The Orpheum Academy, The Orpheum Theatre, 1 School Street, FOXBORO, MA
1 (508)543-2787

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