High School Musical

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OMG! It’s the first day after spring break and Gabriella, this girl that Troy the basketball star met at karaoke, has enrolled at East High. Can you believe it? And the Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes are singing at the science decathlon. If this means anything to you (maybe you’re 13), the news that Disney’s High School Musical is Neptune Theatre’s 2009 musical must have you pumped for the big-finish finale. No doubt motivated by the record numbers who came to see teapots and candlesticks belt it out at Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Neptune knows crowd-pleasers.


Shortly followed by the news of artistic director Ron Ulrich’s upcoming departure this August after eight seasons in the post, Neptune also announced that Shaw Festival artistic director Christopher Newton will direct the season opener, George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple. Also on the line-up, Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon, a new Norm Foster comedy called Skin Flick and the Pulitzer-winning drama Doubt, A Parable. As always, Neptune’s Studio Series promises alternative programming with Israeli playwright Ilan Hatsor’s Masked and a commissioned Zuppa Circus-style twist on the Greek tragedy Orpheus. Teaming up with Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, look for the Canadian premiere of UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project), featuring a cast of Canadian and South African actors. More at neptunetheatre.com.

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