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High School Musical 2 on stage at Westhill

The Westhill High School Music Department is very excited to premiere to the entire upstate New York region "Disney's High School Musical 2 On Stage!" The performances will be Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the Westhill High School Auditorium.

In the sequel to High School Musical, school's out for summer and Troy Bolton can barely believe his luck when he's offered a job at Albuquerque's posh country club, Lava Springs. What he doesn't know is that his newfound employment is part of club queen Sharpay's plot to lure him away from Gabriella. That plan begins to unravel when Troy, unbeknownst to Sharpay, lands a lifeguard position at the club for Gabriella, as well as jobs the rest of his Wildcat pals.

With the club's annual talent show right around the corner, things begin to heat up as Troy agrees to sing with Sharpay. Thus begins a duel of wits between the determined Sharpay, who seeks to always get what she wants, and Troy, who begins to experience a world of privilege he's never known. What will he be willing to sacrifice for the sake of his future? All questions are answered - musically, of course - on the night of the club's Talent Show.

Westhill's production is directed and produced by Mary and Joe Buchmann and cleverly choreographed by Laura Metallo. The cast and crew include more than 70 students acting, singing and dancing to this upbeat, modern musical. Great songs include: "What Time Is It," "Work This Out," "Fabulous," "Gotta Go My Own Way" and "Every Day."

An interesting note about this production is that it brings back together on stage four students who were featured as children in Westhill's 2001 production of The King and I. Reunited on stage eight years later are George Wong, (technical director), Lauren Hallman (Taylor), Ned Barnes (Zeke) and Haylee Cooper (featured ensemble).

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