January 7, 2008

TOO MUCH HSM ISN'T ENOUGH:

"High School Musical: The Music in You," Jan. 20, Disney Channel (John Mulderig, 1/7/2008, Catholic News Service)

A behind-the-scenes look at the mounting of an amateur stage version of the film by a student theater company is provided by the documentary "High School Musical: The Music in You," which premieres Sunday, Jan. 20, 8-8:30 p.m. EST on cable's Disney Channel. The film, directed by noted documentary-maker Barbara Kopple (perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning "Harlan County, USA"), follows the production from auditions through rehearsals to the first night, and explores the real-life drama and romance that developed backstage. [...]

Enjoyable family fare, "High School Musical: The Music in You" is notable for offering proof of the power of the performing arts in helping develop young people's gifts and shaping their characters. At a time when funding for arts education is in constant jeopardy, the film subtly but forcefully demonstrates that participation in a school-sponsored play can amount to much more than a mere extracurricular activity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2008 3:36 PM
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