High standard for show

AS THE Disney Channel's most-watched movie when it was released in 2006, High School Musical has been seen by more than 225 million viewers worldwide.

So the students of St Mary's and St Edmund's colleges have a certain reputation to live up to when they bring the performance to the McAuley Centre stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

St Mary's College performing arts co-ordinator Narelle Thompson said the fact the production was so well loved was a mixed blessing.

“It will be a bit of a challenge to live up to people's expectations so we decided to do our own take on it,” she said.

The musical had the rare ability to appeal to a range of age groups and offered something for all ages, she said.

Rhys Velasquez and Krystel Stark have been cast as the musical's lead characters, Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez.

Krystel said her friendship with Rhys made the romantic scenes together easier.

“We are already comfortable with each other,” Krystel said.

“I think being friends makes it a bit less awkward.”

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, the story is about two high school students from rival cliques - Troy is captain of the basketball team and Gabriella is the shy maths and science guru.

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, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way.

The musical will be performed at St Mary's College, Mary Street, Ipswich, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at the door or by phoning 3432 5444.

'It will be a bit of a challenge to live up to people's expectations.'

- performing arts co-ordinator Narelle Thompson


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