With a focus on the day-to-day lives of students at the fictional East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, High School Musical is a feel-good film for teens.
The multi-award-winning movie was first aired on 20th January 2006 and spawned two sequels in 2007 and 2008. The 2011 spin-off, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, was about one student’s efforts to get a role on Broadway following graduation. In 2016, the Disney Channel revealed plans to make High School Musical 4.
The plot revolves around teen love and jealousy, as star athlete Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), captain of the school’s Wildcats basketball team, falls for academically-gifted Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) when they meet by chance at a ski lodge party one Christmas.
They hit it off right away and to Troy’s delight, he sees Gabriella again on his first day back at school, when she explains her family has just moved to Albuquerque. They both decide to audition for the upcoming high school musical. However, jealous fellow student Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) decides to do everything in her power to ruin their chances, as she and her brother also want the lead roles.
Meanwhile, Troy’s teammates think he’s spending too much time on music and not enough on basketball training, so they also conspire to get him away from Gabriella and back in the locker room.
The film is interspersed with some catchy songs that fit in with the action, such as ‘Start of Something New’ when Troy and Gabriella first meet and ‘Stick to the Status Quo’ when the students reveal their secret talents and ambitions.
Will true love triumph in the end and will Troy and Gabriella succeed in their challenges? Will the warring students make their peace with each other? It’s a feel-good movie, so without issuing a spoiler alert, a happy outcome is likely!
High School Musical was a massive success, attracting 7.7 million viewers when it premiered. It was also nominated for a host of awards, winning many of them. It won an Astra award for Favourite International Programme, a Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack Album of the Year, the Humanitas Prize for screenwriter Peter Barsocchini (Children’s Live Action Category) and Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Award for favourite movie.
It also won three Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards for Best TV Actor Zac Efron, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Children’s Programme. Other accolades include the Television Critics’ Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Programming, three Teen Choice Awards for male Breakout Star Zac Efron, female Breakout Star Vanessa Hudgens and Best Chemistry (Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron).
The Casting Society of America awarded it Best Children’s TV Programming, the Directors’ Guild of America awarded it Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programme and it received the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Music for Television.
Throughout the movie, the locker room is at the heart of all the action – lockers are a big focal point as they epitomise the school environment.
Students meet at their lockers and have a chat in between lessons – such as in the scene where Sharpay chats to arch-rival Gabriella and pretends to be her friend, when secretly she’s anything but.
The intervention scene – when Troy’s team mates tell him he isn’t giving enough to the team due to his involvement in the musical – takes place in the changing rooms and one of the liveliest scenes – a rendition of ‘Shake It’ – also takes place in the boys’ locker room, where the squad bursts into song and dance.
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