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‘High School Musical’ comes to Centene

A movie most middle and high school students and most adults are familiar with is coming to the stage.

High School Musical is coming to life courtesy of Farmington High School students March 14, 15 and 16 at the Centene Center. Curtain opens at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Director Kevin Marler said this is a show the cast and crew all grew up with and they are having fun with. “This is a show for everyone, grade school on up. Everyone enjoys the music from all parts of the show,” he added.

Marler said there are a few variations from the original movie version. A few songs have been added to the stage version. But otherwise it will be similar to the movie.

According to the website, the play takes place on the front steps of East High. It’s the first day after winter break. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year.

In Ms. Darbus’s homeroom, basketball team captain Troy discovers that Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. When he calls her, the eccentric drama teacher quickly confiscates all cellphones and assigns detention.

Between classes, Gabriella and Troy look at the audition sign-up for the school musical, but the drama diva Sharpay discourages them. At basketball practice, Troy tries to shake his desire to sing at the urging of his best friend Chad. Taylor, the science club president, discovers Gabriella’s intelligence and encourages her to join the upcoming science decathlon.

While the students learn how to “act” at detention, Troy’s dad, Coach Bolton, faces off with Ms. Darbus. His star players can’t miss practice for Friday’s championship game.

The vocals for the musical are being taught by Music Director Kevin Nicolleti, and the orchestra is directed by Music Director Linda Huck.

Tickets are reserved seating for $6 each. They are on sale at the Farmington Civic Center.

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