Entertainment Briefs – September 17

Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the High School Musical gang are bringing their tale of cross-clique love to Red Deer next week.

High School Musical coming to city

Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the High School Musical gang are bringing their tale of cross-clique love to Red Deer next week.

Disney’s High School Musical, which stops at the Centrium on Thursday, Sept. 24, tells the story of certain jocks, brainiacs, and thespians at East High School, and all the drama that unfolds when a sports dude falls for a math whiz.

This stage production of the Disney Channel phenomena will feature more than 15 chart-topping songs from all three High School Musical movies, including We’re All in This Together, Fabulous and Now or Never. Audience members can also sing along to Get’cha Head in the Game, I’ve Been Looking For You and Breaking Free.

The touring stage show has a new cast, led by John Jeffrey Martin as East High basketball star Troy Bolton (played by Zac Efron in the movies). Arielle Jacobs portrays his cute crush, science club member Gabriella Montez.

Shaullanda LaCombe takes on the role of Gabriella’s best friend, Taylor McKessie, Shakiem Evans is Troy’s best pal, Chad Danforth, while Chandra Lee Schwartz appears as Drama Club villainess Sharpay Evans.

The plot line will be familiar to movie fans: Troy and Gabriella first cross paths at a New Year’s party, where they discover a mutual love of singing. The pair later run into each other at school, and seem destined to be together — until Drama Club president Sharpay Evans discovers that Troy and Gabriella are threatening her turf by trying out for East High’s school musical.

Sharpay enlists her twin Ryan to “out” Gabriella as a science-loving geek. When Troy’s basketball friends aren’t happy about Troy’s choice of girlfriend, an all-out musical clique war ensues.

Will there be a happy ending for the jock and the whiz kid? Find out by seeing this musical about friendship, rivalry and good ol’ high school drama. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $41.50 or $36.25 from Ticketmaster.

African rhythms come alive Sept. 23

The “exploding” rhythms of West Africa will be let loose in Red Deer by the group Noumoufassa.

The fast-paced music and dance show, which has been called “a dazzling display” and “a complex cultural circus,” is on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Crossroads Church just outside Red Deer (follow 32nd Street west over Hwy 2).

Noumoufassa, is an educational sub-group of the international touring group Manding Jata. Performances typically feature three artists and are punctuated with cultural, geographical, and historical interludes. The Manding Empire and the fabled city of Timbuktu will be revealed for people of all ages.

Noumoufasa is on five-city tour in Alberta, sponsored by Bridges of Hope International Network of Development Agencies. Proceeds will benefit the agency’s charitable programs. More information is available at www.mandingjata.com

Tickets are $25 by calling 403-341-6500.

Recital features Mozart, Chopin, Debussy

Internationally known music educator Randall Faber will take on the classics when he performs a piano concert on Friday, Sept. 25, in Red Deer.

Faber’s solo recital will include works by Mozart, Chopin and Debussy.

The pianist has entertained audiences around the world, including those in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Taiwan and the United Kingdom. He is also renowned as a music educator, having co-authored the Piano Adventures series with his wife Nancy.

The recital is presented with the Alberta Piano Teachers Association Annual Convention.

The 8 p.m. event at the Red Deer College Arts Centre, Mainstage, costs $20 ($10 for students, $40 for families) from Ticketmaster.

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