Friday, July 18, 2008

COM: High School Musical Finally!

Tonight the hugely popular nusical for a new generation "High School Musical" opens at the Point Theatre. Lovingly directed by Melissa May Moncus it features a huge cast of talented young actors from as far away as Austin and San Marcos. "The Voice of GSQ" Charles Bryant appears as Chad, and future GSQ actor Jamin Reither appears in the lead.

HCAF notes: After months of rehearsals, Disney's smash hit, "High School Musical," comes to life July 18 - August 2 on the Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theatre outdoor stage. The musical, written by Peter Barsocchini, will have nine performances over three weekends at 8:30 p.m. Opening night will feature a post-show reception to meet the cast and crew. For those who are not familiar with "High School Musical," it is the story of a high school basketball star, Troy; and a brainy transfer student, Gabriella, who want to audition for their school's spring musical, but are discouraged by rival peer groups. The play has been described as being part "West Side Story," part "Romeo and Juliet," and part "Grease." According to David Simpatico, who wrote the book for the stage version, the message of "High School Musical," is "you can be whatever you want to be." Director Melissa May-Moncus, a Point Theatre alumnus, has assembled a cast of 31 to perform the difficult score and complicated dance routines. Jamin Reither, who appeared as Curly in "Oklahoma!" last summer, will star as Troy Bolton; and Andrea DeLeon, a recent Tivy High School graduate, will make her Point Theatre debut as Gabriella Montez.Point Theatre interns Jenny Anne Canfield and Bobby Dale Sands will portray siblings Sharpay and Ryan Evans. Charles Bryant, whose last appearance on The Point's outdoor stage was the Prince in "Cinderella," will take on the role of Chad; and Travis Taylor, who recently played one of the sons in "Alone Together," plays Zeke. Taylor will be played by newcomer Jasmin Delacerda. Sunday, July 20 is Family Night at The Point. All tickets will be $5. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Services for the deaf and hearing impaired will be available on Saturday, July 26, courtesy of support from the Kerr County United Way. Tickets are selling quickly for this production according to box office staff. For reservations or more information, call the box office at 830-367-5121 or visit the web site at www.hcaf.com. The Point Theatre is located at 120 Point Theatre Road South in Ingram.

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