Thursday, July 17, 2008

COM: High School Musical

The Point opens 'High School Musical'
By Carlina Villalpando, The Daily Times, Published July 17, 2008

INGRAM — If TV and popular culture are any indicator to the success of the Point Theatre’s next show, it’s destined to be a huge success. The Ingram theater will open the stage version of Disney’s hit, “High School Musical,” at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theatre outdoor stage.

The musical, written by Peter Barsocchini and directed by Melissa May-Moncus, will run through Aug. 2, with nine performances over three weekends at 8:30 p.m.

“High School Musical: On Stage!,” is based on the Disney channel original movie, which enjoyed record-breaking success when it hit TV in early 2006. It was an instant sensation, enthralling teenagers with memorable characters including Troy Bolton, the basketball star, and Gabriella Montez, the brainy transfer student. The story revolves around Troy and Gabriela’s auditions for their school’s spring musical, despite being discouraged by rival peer groups. It’s a plot that’s earned the story comparisons with aspects of “West Side Story,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Grease.”

May-Moncus said she is “thrilled to be back at The Point” directing the cast that has been rehearsing since late May. She said she is especially excited that this show includes many new actors.

“The Point will always feel like home,” she said. “It’s where I discovered my love of theater. One of my greatest joys is that we have a lot of people in this show who are new to theater.”

When asked what she liked best about this show, May-Moncus said, “I really enjoy the music, I think everyone will. And, it’s excellent family entertainment.”

About the director

May-Moncus first appeared on the Point stage in the summer of 1983 in “Guys and Dolls.” Since then, she has played many roles at The Point, including Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” Molly Brown in ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and Rosie Alvarez in “Bye Bye Birdie.” She also has directed and choreographed “Nunsense,” “Annie,” “Kiss Me Kate!” and most recently the 2002 Point production of “Brigadoon.”

Fun for families

Sunday is Family Night at The Point, when all tickets will be $5, even adults who usually pay $12. Communication Access Realtime Translation Services for the deaf and hearing impaired will be available on Saturday, July 26, courtesy of support from the Kerr County United Way.

For reservations or more information on the show, call the Point Theatre box office at 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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