(My colleague, Tom Weber, who probably can carry a tune, sent me this entry)
This Friday marks the theatrical release of the third “High School Musical” movie. This sequel focuses on the teens’ senior year, which would suggest this will be the last of the “High School Musical” series – but if anyone can finagle another sequel, it’s Disney.
I truly don’t understand the draw of this phenom, but that proves nothing except how far removed I am from the target audience. Still, I used the opportunity of the movie’s opening to find out what some schools around the metro (and one outstate) are performing this year.
A few notes:
– One high school (Eagan) is doing “High School Musical.”
– Centennial is doing “Sweeney Todd,” the school edition. Me wonders if the ‘school’ edition has dulled the show’s murderous undertones – but if you take out those themes, what’s left?
– Rumors that I portrayed Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls” when I was a senior are actually quite true.
– This was never an attempt to be a complete list of all schools, so if yours isn’t listed but know which show they’re doing, please join the discussion of this blog entry.
High School musicals, 2008-2009 year
|The Blake School||Once on this Island||March 2009|
|Centennial (Circle Pines)||Sweeney Todd – School Edition||Nov. 13-15|
|Chaska||West Side Story||Nov. 15-16, 20-22|
|Concordia Academy-Roseville||Big, the Musical||March 2009|
|Eagan||High School Musical||Nov. 11-12, 17-19, 23-25|
|East Central (Finlayson)||Annie Get Your Gun||Nov. 20-23|
|Eastview||The Music Man||Dec. 5, 7, 11-13|
|Forest Lake||Urinetown||Nov. 6-8, 13-15|
|Fridley||Cinderella||Nov. 14-15, 20-22|
|Hill-Murray (St. Paul)||Aida||April 2009|
|Hopkins||A Wonderful Life||Nov. 7-9, 13-15|
|Jefferson (Bloomington)||Fiddler on the Roof||Oct. 1-5|
|Kennedy (Bloomington)||The Secret Garden||Oct. 23-26|
|Lakeville North||Beauty and the Beast||Nov. 7-8, 14-15|
|MSSPA (Hopkins)||RENT: the school edition||Feb. 2009|
|Maple Grove||The Will Rogers Follies||Nov. 7-8, 14-16|
|Mound Westonka||Into the Woods||Nov. 13-16|
|Park (Cottage Grove)||Jesus Christ Superstar||April 2009|
|Robbinsdale Cooper||Cabaret||Nov. 14-15, 20-22|
|Rosemount||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Dec. 6-7, 11-13|
|Shakopee||Little Shop of Horrors||Nov. 14-15, 22-24|
|South St. Paul||The Sound of Music||Jan. 2009|
|St. Francis||Smokey Joe’s Cafe||April 2009|
|Totino-Grace||Oklahoma!||Oct 29-31, Nov. 1-2|
|Visitation/St. Thomas Academy||Aida||April, May 2009|
|Washburn||The Wiz||March 2009|
|Wayzata||My Fair Lady||Nov. 13-15, 19-22|