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2008-2009

 

October 3, 2008


Cowley to present Disney's High School Musical Oct 16-18

 

 

With Disney’s High School Musical achieving great success on television, Cowley College’s Music and Theatre Department will adapt the story for its stage production, which will take place Oct. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The cost is $5 for kindergarten to college age students, and $9 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Cowley College Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number for the Box Office is 620-441-5570.

Cowley’s music and theatre departments had previously performed more traditional musicals. However, they decided Disney’s High School Musical would cater to a younger audience.

“This is something completely different than we have ever done,” Cowley College theatre director Scott MacLaughlin said. “The music is current and popular and something the students can relate to.”

Disney’s High School Musical was a television hit. The sequel High School Musical 2 followed and the feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year, will open in theatres on Oct. 24.

“Trying to meet that level of expectations has been a unique challenge for us,” MacLaughlin said.
The film's soundtrack was the best-selling album in the United States for 2006.

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, Disney’s High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school. Despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, the two rivals resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to "stick with the status quo."

The large performance will include a cast of 40, not including the individuals working back stage and in the lobby.

“We hope to provide young audience members with a unique theatrical experience which might capture their imagination,” MacLaughlin said.

The cost is $5 for kindergarten to college age students, and $9 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Cowley College Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number for the Box Office is 620-441-5570.