Sunday, April 22, 2007

An Evening With The Stars

On Friday night, the Gunfighter family had a night out on the town, and went to see the musical phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. We went to one of our local high schools and saw their production of Disney's "High School Musical"!

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What's that?

You say you've never heard of it?

If that's so, you probably don't have young children between the ages of 6 and 16.

Anyway, "High School Musical" is an original Disney Channel production... a made for television movie about a budding romance between a basketball star student, and a star science/math student.

When I used the word phenomenon earlier, I wasn't exaggerating. This little movie has achieved big things, including being released all over the world, selling more DVD's than almost any other movie in the world in 2006, and has prompted one sequel which is currently filming, with another in the works. The movie has already prompted the sale of millions of copies of the soundtrack CD.

Anyway, I bought the tickets as soon as I heard about the production, because soccer girl loves this movie, and because Mrs. Gunfighter and I know all of the words to all of the songs (particularly "Status Quo" and "Getcha Head In The Game". After I got the tickets, I swore Mrs Gunfighter to secrecy, and we waited until Friday morning to tell her that we were going.

When SG found out about it, she was practically vibrating with excitement!

I have to tell you, the kids at the school were fantastic! They did a great job with the songs, dancing, and acting. I was particularly pleased for two of the boys, Brandon and TJ, who are members of our congregation and really, really nice kids.

The icing on the cake was when soccer girl got to get autographs from the cast, who we all lined up in the hallway. She was really excited since she knew the two kids from our church.

We all had a good time, and drove home singing songs from the show... and then listening to the soundtrack as soccer girl was put to bed... still excited, but all worn out.

What fun!


soccer mom in denial said...

6? My now 3 year old sings that emotive stairway song as she goes down the stairs of our house.

It is a tad disturbing to hear her sing "and dreams were meant for sleeping". When the boys were 3 we would've never watched it. The luck of the younger siblings.

Mamma said...

It's a big favorite at our house too.

Glad it was fun!

Alex Elliot said...

When I first started reading your post I was wondering why I had heard of the musical, but I didn't really know what it was. So in 2.5 years when my older son turns 6 I too shall know all the words? I have to say it amazes how I can forget some things so easily, but I can tell you all the names of the Sesame Street character and what color they are.

Lady M said...

I rented the movie because I'd heard some much tweeny noise and was ready to grit my teeth though it. It was really fun though! I will openly admit I listen to the soundtrack.

jenn in holland said...

Oh, we are big fans over here too, I tell ya. BIG FANS.
It's all the rage in the International School as well. I suppose for any next classes I teach in Musical Theater, I am going to have to suck it up and learn all the words too! Currently I only know SOME of the words.
Hooray for a fun family outing!

Brillig said...

Hey, my oldest is 5 and we know all the words too. It sounds like you guys had a great time. How fun!

Jodi said...

I took my 5 year old nephew to see it in December. all I'm saying is I should get Aunt of the year award.

WordsRock said...

I've seen a lot of high school musicals, but never that one. I'm glad your family supports theatre by putting your butts in the seats. It means more than you know to the performers.