Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL to debut in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Celebrity Attractions announced that a new touring stage version of the Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will make its Arkansas debut at Robinson Center Music Hall on December 5-9, 2007.

“Presented by Disney Theatrical Productions, the division responsible for such smash Broadway hits as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is based on the 2006 Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie,” said Kirstin Swindler marketing director of Celebrity Attractions in Little Rock.

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL premiered on The Disney Channel on January 20th, 2006, and became the highest rated original movie up until that time. It won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming, and received two Emmy Awards (of its total 6 nominations), a DGA Award, an Imagen Award for Best Children’s Program, and a Humanitas Prize nomination. The soundtrack received a Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack of the Year, and was nominated for an American Music Award in the Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) category. The film even earned an entry in the Guinness World Record Book as the first TV movie to deliver nine concurrent singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Because, this is such a rare opportunity, ¡Hola! Arkansas wants its readers to be among the first to see HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL on stage,” said Maura Lozano-Yancy, publisher of ¡Hola! Arkansas. “We have arranged a very special price - - buy one ticket and get the second ticket free on the Wednesday and Thursday’s performances. Must mention code: HolaHSM to get this amazing discount! This is an outstanding opportunity for the Arkansas children and young people to enjoy a musical play of this quality right here in Little Rock, "Lozano-Yancy added.

This new touring stage adaptation of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL will be directed by Jeff Calhoun (Big River). Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL features a book by David Simpatico (adapted from the original movie script by Peter Barsocchini), and a score including all the songs from the original soundtrack plus two new songs. The touring company will include a live orchestra and a cast of 35 talented theatrical performers.

Commenting on the announcement, Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said, “Our stage version of this great property has been mounted as a direct response to overwhelming demand. As someone who has been passionate about theatre since I was a kid, I am thrilled that we will be touring this remarkably popular title as a fully realized stage production, and most certainly introducing countless young people to the world of theatre for the very first time. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Rich Ross, president, Disney Channel Worldwide, said, "To have the great characters, movie and music from our Disney Channel Original Movie adapted for this professional theatre tour is an honor and we hope it will provide an opportunity to introduce kids to the arts."

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is a contemporary musical comedy about a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically-gifted newcomer who discover they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. In a desperate effort to maintain the status quo, the "jocks," the "brainiacs" and even the drama club regulars are soon hatching convoluted plots to separate the pair and keep them offstage. By defying expectations and taking a chance on their dreams, however, the couple inspires other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own.

Tickets for Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL range in price from $17 to $52.

Show times are, Wednesday-Saturday evening performances, 7:30pm; Thursday matinee performance, 1:00pm; Saturday matinee performance, 2:00pm; Sunday matinee performance, 1:00pm’ Sunday evening performance, 6:30pm.

Priority seating for Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is available for groups of 15 or more by calling (501) 244-8497 x14. For tickets, call (501) 244-8800 or (501) 975-7575; in person at Celebrity Attractions and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Harvest Foods and Budget Savers, Audio Express and FYE-Hot Springs). Buy online via internet links at http://celebrityattractions.com.

¡Hola! Arkansas Staff Writers

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