No End in Sight For High School Musical

High School Musical Movie is no flash in the dark, teeny bopper, here to day and gone tomorrow fad. The surprises of High School Musical has even the critics talking about how great it is. It is being praised for it’s music and choreography. Parents liken it to their generation’s Grease movie. It is in fact one of the all time best selling movies and soundtracks to be released under the Disney banner. The franchise has produced not one, but three movies. Other spin offs include plays, tours, and books.

The original High School Musical Movie was released in Jan. 2006. It immediately caught on in popularity and tweens everywhere showed their loyalty by buying up franchise products such as lunch boxes, jewelry, albums, video games, and clothing. The plot was quite simple: boy (Troy) is a big basketball hero but he secretly yearns to be in the school’s performing arts group. Boy then meets nerdy girl (Gabriella) who also dreams of being in the performing arts group. Problems arise when the boy bulks to pressure from friends and dad.

The film went on to win many awards including:

Billboard Music Award: Soundtrack Album of the Year
Emmy: Outstanding Choreography
Teen Choice Award: Best Breakout Artist and Best Chemistry
Television Critics Association Award: Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Television

High School Musical 2 lived up to the first in popularity. The premiere brought in over 17 million viewers (almost ten million more than the first). It is the end of the school year and the gang get jobs at Lava Springs resort. The daughter of the resort owner has a crush on Troy and schemes to find a way to break up Troy and Gabriella. Though not as critically acclaimed as the first, High School Musical 2 remained popular and produced the Disney Channel hit song, “Fabulous”, performed by Ashley Tisdale.

The franchise hit the big screen in the fall of 2008 with High School Musical Movie 3. The plot line evolves around the gang facing their fears about life after graduation. The two main characters Troy and Gabrielle deal with the prospect of being separated as each goes their own way.

Disney has taken full advantage of the franchise by creating several spin offs:
High School Music concert tour reached fans in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
High School Music stage musical has been performed by theatre groups throughout the United States and Great Britain.
High School Musical Ice Tour featured Olympic medal winning athletes.

There seems to be no end in near for the High School Musical franchise. It is rumored that High School Musical 4 is in development with most of the original cast coming back. Meanwhile, High School Musical 3 is breaking box office records in the United States and Great Britain.

A Guide to Designing a High School Musical Themed Bedroom

Disney’s High School Musical fever is sweeping the nation! If your child has caught the Zach Effron or Ashley Tisdale bug, then read on. Here’s the perfect High School Musical bedroom theme decor that will put her right in the middle of the show! We’ll look at accents, bedding and linens, floor covering, wall, art, furniture, lighting and much more.

WALL DECOR: All room decor must necessarily begin with walls. Sure you could just hang up a bunch of posters, but that’s pretty boring and they tear easily also. I would reserve on poster for the door front. This lets visitors know that a With the Disney High School Musical theme, we want to create a theater illusion.

1. Paint the walls in a good quality semi-gloss latex paint. Many manufacturers make a children’s room paint that washes well. Choose a neutral tan or beige color.

2. Next, select a darker brown or gray. You will use this to create life sized silhouettes of the High School Musical characters on one wall. Enlarge an image and trace the outline. You can also have your child pose as the characters and trace around her.

3. On another wall, create a brick wall pattern like the back wall of a stage. Use a 3/4″ wide paint brush to paint lines to look like bricks remember to stagger the vertical lines as bricks do.

4. Purchase some inexpensive bulk silk flower leis. Cut them apart and string them together. Drape them over and around furniture.

5. Purchase a High School Musical wall border to put along the ceiling. These borders are available from many retailers.

LIGHTING: For a Disney High School Musical theme, set up theater style lights. You can do this in several ways.

1. Purchase a small, revolving colored globe light from the novelty lighting section of any retailer.

2. Use a fluorescent branched floor lamp with pink bell shaped shades. The lights shine upward and each branch can be bent in different directions. This kind of lamp is available from most major retail outlets.

3. Hang a string of white holiday lights along the walls.

4. Suspend real or replica theater spotlights in each corner. Most lighting outlets and hardware stores sell versions of spotlights that are simple to hang.

FURNITURE:

1. Bed: Several options are available. The first High School Musical was located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and so the bed may have Mexican theme. High School Musical 2 has a more tropical theme. Using a traditional bed, a tropical theme can be created by hanging a grass table skirt like those used at luaus around the base of the bed for a bed skirt. Tie inflatable palm trees to the posts of the bed.

2. Stage: Your High School Musical lover will need her own stage to practice and rehearse on. Make a small ledge along one wall of the bedroom. Build it about three feet wide and one foot off the floor. Make it as long as you wish. Be sure to support it well. You can also purchase a low table on sturdy metal legs to use as a small stage. These can be found inexpensively in most mass merchandise stores. Whatever you build must be strong enough for the child to dance on. Hang a curtain in front like a theater curtain. You can use a shower curtain in a Hawaiian print. Attach two hooks at the same height on opposite walls. String a length of clothes line around the hooks and hang the curtain from this.

3. Dance barre: Dancers need a practice barre. You can put up a ballet barre easily using a stairway hand railing. Attach this horizontally along a wall. You can attach it to the wall with the stage.

4. Across from the stage, set up a large floor mirror for her to watch herself as she rehearses.

5. Karaoke machine: Since Troy and Gabriella originally met at Karaoke, a small portable machine is a must for your High School Musical decor. Be sure that there is a portable microphone for her to use. This should be on the stage.

6. Costumes and Screen: Gather costumes from theater distributors and second hand store. Hang them on a rack with a screen to change behind.

7. Dresser: Set up a vanity table with a lighted mirror to simulate a theater dressing table. Choose one with drawers to store clothing. Purchase some theater make-up to practice with.

CURTAINS AND BED LINENS: You can find licensed Disney High School Musical accessories in many retail stores. You can also make your own. Fabric and Craft stores sell fabric printed with Disney characters and themes. Purchase cotton fabric for curtains and sheets and polar fleece for blankets and pillows.

Your child can sing and dance her way to stardom with her own Disney High School Musical themed bedroom!

High School Musical Fashion Dolls Toy Review

If you have kids like I do and you don’t live under a rock then you have most likely heard of the latest phenomenon: Disney’s High School Musical. If you haven’t chances are that your children have but just in case here is a quick run down. This is based around the lives of several high school students that attend East High School. Some of the characters include Troy, the basketball star, Gabriella, the math whiz and then there’s stuck-up Sharpay, to name a few.

The first High School Musical was released in 2006, since then it has become an international event. The third movie which is due to be released in the fall of 2008 follows the students in their senior year and is sure to be as much as a success as its earlier counterparts. Children everywhere want to collect the merchandise of their favorite characters, and your kids are probably no exception.

If your daughter loves High School Musical, I know mine does, then a great gift this holiday season is a set of the High School Musical Fashion Dolls. The High School Musical Fashion Dolls are modeled after the movies favorite characters. The Fashion Dolls include:

  • Gabriella – This lovable High School Musical Fashion Doll comes with one of the outfits Gabriella wears in High School Musical 2, and an outfit made for a day at the beach
  • Troy – This version includes an outfit Troy wears in the movie as well as a pair shorts, tank top and flip flops for a day at the beach
  • Sharpay – Just like the other High School Musical Fashion Dolls, Sharpay includes an outfit the Sharpay character wore in the film as well as a trendy purse and a beach outfit like the others
  • Chad – Like the other Dolls, Chad’s doll includes an outfit similar to the one featured as well as stylish board shorts for the beach
  • Taylor – Like the other Dolls, Taylor includes an outfit that Taylor wore in the movie and a bathing suit for the beach
  • Ryan -Just as the other Dolls, Ryan’s doll includes an outfit from the movie and an outfit for the beach

There are six dolls in total, why not get your daughter all six for the holiday? She will be thrilled to receive the High School Musical Fashion Dolls and can spend hours recreating her favorite scenes straight from the movies from the comfort of your home. So why not inspire her imagination and give her the gift that keeps on giving. Who knows you might just end up the coolest parent on the block!