Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TCR brings High School Musical back

TCR - Theatre Cedar Rapids has a high school reunion coming up. The theater will bring back its production of Disney’s High School Musical On Stage June 18-21, 2009, with much of the original cast from last summer’s production still intact. The show will be performed six times on Theatre Cedar Rapids’ new stage at TCR Lindale, 4444 1st Ave. NE.

In its original run last July, Disney’s High School Musical On Stage ran for three sold-out weekends, prompting immediate audience demand for more. The show was also TCR’s first production after the June flood that wiped out its home in the Iowa Theatre Building.

“We thought spending the first flood anniversary with a smile on our face, remembering how good it felt to know that ‘We’re All In This Together,’ just sounded nice,” says TCR Managing Director Casey Prince, who directed last summer’s production and will be at the helm for this one as well.

Originally created as a movie musical for the Disney Channel, High School Musical has become a phenomenon with audiences. The third installment in the movie series is still in theatres, and the professional stage version continues to tour across the country. Theatre Cedar Rapids’ stage production had the largest box office total of the 2007-08 Season, with multiple sold-out performances at Linn-Mar High School.

The show tells the story of Troy and Gabriella, two students from different social cliques who disrupt the “status quo” when they both try out for their school’s musical. Famous songs from the show include “Getcha Head In The Game,” “Stick to the Status Quo” and “We’re All In This Together.”

Tickets are $20 and $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at They can also be purchased in person from the TCR box office at the Grant Wood House, 800 2nd Ave. SE, or by phone at 366-8591. $10 rush tickets are available at the door of TCR Lindale one half hour before each performance.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 18-21, as well as matinees at 2:30 p.m. June 20 and 21. For more information, visit their website.

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