High School Musical on Ice Was Lots of Fun!

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by degrapevine, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. degrapevine

    degrapevine Has a serious Disney watch addiction!

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2003
    Messages:
    566
    This past Friday night, I took my DD7, her best friend, her best friend's sister, and their mom and dad to see the very first live performance of High School Musical on Ice. Both girls are huge fans of both movies and sing and dance to them nonstop.

    I wasn't sure what to expect since it was the very first show (at Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum at 7:30 PM), but I was pleasantly surprised. My DD's birthday was last month and we had a family party for her, but didn't really do any big gifts from mom and dad. I figured we could do something special just the two of us, so when my DH's HR Dept. sent out an email offering tickets to the ice show for $28, I went ahead and talked with the best friend's mom and we decided to treat the girls as a surprise. It was hard keeping it a secret, but they had no clue. The other mom is in a wheelchair (born with spina bifida, has 3 adopted kids, wonderful woman), so I requested wheelchair accessible seating and set the date on the calendar.

    My DD and I left the house around 5:30 PM since I had to pick up the tickets at Will Call. She was a little confused when we passed Chuck E. Cheese (that's where she thought we were going) and got on the Crosstown Expressway. I told her we were going somewhere special and she would find out soon. When we pulled up to the St. Pete Times Forum, I pointed out the big banner on the side of the building advertising HSM on Ice and asked her if she'd like to go. She screamed and bounced up and down - I guess it was a good call!

    We parked the car and went to the box office to pick up the tickets - Little scare when they couldn't find them, but they were in a separate box with the group ticket orders. Whew! We still had a while before the others were to arrive, so DD7 played in the inflatable obstacle course set up outside and got used to using the binoculars we had brought. About 7 PM, her best friend showed up and they started screaming and bouncing up and down together! We all headed to the disabled entrance (elevator) to go to our seats. When we got in the elevator, the usher looked at our tickets and said they weren't for wheelchair accessible seats. Grrr! We had to go to Guest Services and exchange them, which luckily only took about 10 minutes. Great service and easy process. We then all headed to our seats, which were in a box with chairs to sit in and an area for the wheelchairs. We were joined by a mom with two girls about 10 years old in wheelchairs who were wonderful and went to get some snacks before the show.

    Tip - Wait until you get inside to see all the merchandise that's available rather than jumping at the limited stuff outside. They were selling a megaphone for $8 outside that my DD really wanted, but we waited until we got inside and got one with a huge bag of popcorn for the same $8. There were also popcorn buckets and various drink cups filled with snowcones and lemonade. Not a bad deal to get a drink and a souvenier at the same time! Also, if you can wait until after most of the crowd has left, take a walk and see if anyone left anything behind - We found a sipper cup (went straight in the dishwasher when we got home) and a popcorn bucket (just the bucket, no popcorn - That would be YUCK!). $18 worth of free souveniers - I don't know why anyone would leave them behind, but their loss was our gain!

    Well, we settled into our seats and got ready for the show. Our box was at the far end of the Forum, about as far away as you could get, but in a straight line view of the ice. We had the binoculars to use to get close up looks at the skaters, but honestly, I was glad that we were far enough away that we couldn't see their faces. While they definitely fit the skin tones and general height/body shapes of the movie casts, they didn't look anything like them. I would have been distracted by that if we were sitting closer. From far away, you could still "imagine" that it was the actual cast from the movies. Plus, a side or up close view wouldn't have allowed us to see the whole stage. The seats were pretty good - Especially considering I only spent $28 each on them!

    The show started and the music was LOUD! But, it was nothing compared to the nonstop screaming and yelling from all the kids. After a while, you just got used to it. They introduced all the characters and then began the retelling of HSM. Basically, each "movie" takes about an hour. A pre-recorded soundtrack plays with the original songs/singers from the movie with additional narrations added here and there. Mainly, the girl who played Kelsi did most of the talking outside of the actual script. The set was really creative, with a platform for skaters to climb stairs up and down and also an elevator to use. They brought out all kinds of props, including a basketball hoop (I cannot imagine how difficult it is to skate and dribble a basketball at the same time, but they did it), lockers, and a ladder. The segment featuring the Scholastic Decathalon, the basketball championship, and "Bop to the Top" was especially clever, with all three going on simultaneously. The choreography was pretty close to what they do in the movies, with added skate moves. They had passed out signs for the kids to hold up with all different sayings on them. Ours said "We're all in this together" and for the 2nd movie, "Fab u lus." They broke for intermission (about 15 minutes) and then came back to start the 2nd movie. It was lots of fun as well and again, the dance moves matched what you see onscreen. Neat things they did were pulling the "Sharpettes" around on beach floats during "Fabulus" (I hate misspelling that, but that's what Sharpay's car says!), using all the kitchen props (pots and pans) for "Work it Out" and even having Sharpay and Ryan drive around in a little pink car. The choreography to "I Don't Dance" was great - Of course, it's my favorite song from HSM, so I'm a little biased ... When Troy gets the fancy clothes to change into (the Sharpettes help him in the ice show), his shirt is ripped off and the screaming was deafening. While the guy playing Troy wasn't exactly Zac Efron, he wasn't too hard on the eyes, either. The 2nd movie ended with sparklers/pyro effects and a full cast bow.

    It was a great show and a wonderful night to share with my daughter. The only "oops" was when one of the Sharpettes fell during the final dance number, "All for One." Other than that, the skating was perfect (to my novice eye). It was a great mix of spins, jumps, and even some partner skating and the dance moves from the movie. Kids all over the Forum were dancing and singing (including a lot of the moms!).

    If you have any specific questions, I'd be glad to try to answer them. We didn't take any pictures because they had said no recording devices, but we probably could have since I saw other people taking them. However, I did enjoy watching the show "full screen" rather than through my digital camera's little 2.5" screen.

    If you are going to one of the shows in your town, be prepared for lots of screaming, singing, and dancing. All in all, it was a great production and a super adaption of the movies onto the ice. Yeah!
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. FatElvis

    FatElvis Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Messages:
    279
    Ooooh, that sounds fun! We're going in November. So how is it set up? We got close seats, at a corner of the ice I think. Is a lot of the action meant to see straight on, if that makes sense?
     
  4. 3littleHalls

    3littleHalls DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    679
    Glad you had such a good time! We just got presale tix for the HSM on Ice coming to our town(next spring) and I was wondering what others thought of it! A local high school performed HSM this summer and did a great job, so I knew the kids would like seeing it on ice. Happy B-day to your DD!!
     
  5. K and K's Mommy

    K and K's Mommy <font color=blue>WISH Biggest Loser/Blue Team</fon

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2003
    Messages:
    1,796
    Thanks for the review! We're going in December.
     
  6. My2Cinderellas

    My2Cinderellas DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Messages:
    1,951
    I got a presale postcard for this in the mail today. sounds like fun! I may have to break down and get tickets. It's over Thanksgiving weekend so I have no clue what our plans are yet.
     
  7. Aristomommy

    Aristomommy <font color=deeppink>We were in the “wild animals”

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2001
    Messages:
    2,199
    We are going in Jan. I got the presale code and got seats in the first row:cool1: It'll be great, since DD figure skates and LOVES HSM. I will give the tickets for Christmas, so hopefully I can keep the secret.:thumbsup2
     
  8. ProudMommyof2

    ProudMommyof2 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2007
    Messages:
    2,596
    So glad to hear it was fun. We are going in January. Santa is going to slip the tickets in our stockings;) . I was disappointed when I could not get tix for the concert tour, I hope this is fun!
     
  9. goofypooh

    goofypooh Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Messages:
    345
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I am taking DD for her 10th b-day in October. She doesn't know anything about it yet, so I am hoping I can keep it a secret until then. Her best friend & her mom are also going. Should be fun!
     
  10. sk8jdgca

    sk8jdgca Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Messages:
    466
    Glad you liked it-my friend's daughter was one of the Sharpettes, we ahve tickets for feb
     
  11. blessedby3

    blessedby3 Actually Blessedby4 now, but cant change my userna

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Messages:
    7,890
    Im glad to hear that you liked it so well. My 2 DD's (17, 8) will be going the first of October. We bought them tickets a while back, but I will have to stay at home as our baby is due the end of Sept. I would have loved to see it too, but guess I will hear lots when they get back from it.
     
  12. shelly3girls

    shelly3girls <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2002
    Messages:
    3,512
    I was just about to post the exact same thing. We also got front row, DD is a competitive figure skater, and we are using the tickets for a Christmas gift. I can't wait!:thumbsup2
     
  13. rwrocksme

    rwrocksme <font color=green>I turn towards the wall and moo<

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    802
    Wow! We were there on Friday, too! I liked it a lot, too...I didn't expect them to do BOTH movies.
     
  14. cinderella123

    cinderella123 Baby, if only you were the understudy for Troy...

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2003
    Messages:
    222
    I saw the show in Tampa too on opening night.

    I know a couple of people that are touring with the East Coast cast. As a result, I have seen the show 5 times already. I went to the first ever live performance of any of the touring casts (there are 3. East Coast, West Coast, and International) in Lakeland, FL. I actually went and saw the show in Lakeland 4 times, and then went to see it with my friend and her sister in Tampa. The Tampa show was the first ever performance for the West Coast Cast. Both of the shows were pretty awesome although, I have to say, that it was kind of wierd seeing a different cast do it when I went to the first Tampa show.

    If anyone has any questions about the show or anything as well, I'd be happy to answer them. I made a special video for one of the guys that I know that I posted on YouTube. When I find it, I'll post the lionk up here for you guys to watch it and comment on it. That is, if you feel like it.
     
  15. cinderella123

    cinderella123 Baby, if only you were the understudy for Troy...

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2003
    Messages:
    222
    Here's the video present that I made for my friend who was in the show. If you like it, and feel like it, feel free to post comments on it on youtube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=_kNwxhAM7O8
     
  16. rebecca314

    rebecca314 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2006
    Messages:
    331
    Sounds cool ... we have tickets for Dec. 1 in Indianapolis and are really looking forward to it! :woohoo:
     
  17. cinderella123

    cinderella123 Baby, if only you were the understudy for Troy...

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2003
    Messages:
    222
    You should be. It's a really great show
     
  18. Sailorwife

    Sailorwife Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2007
    Messages:
    66
    My DD10 and I are going tomorrow night in Virginia!! She got the tickets for her birthday in April! It has been sold out for forever!!

    Any idea on how long the show is? I seem to have become a chauffeur for my DS15 and his date that same night.

    I was excited to hear it was both movies. We have been listening to the CDs all week!!
     
  19. cinderella123

    cinderella123 Baby, if only you were the understudy for Troy...

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2003
    Messages:
    222
    You're going to the Hampton, VA show?? That's the tour that my friend is in. You're going to get to see him skate. He's really pretty good. The whole cast is good too. The show lasts about 2 hours (with the 15 minute intermission).

    Yeah. It is both movies. The first half of the show is all 1 (plus 2 brand new songs that were written specifically for the Stage Show version of HSM), and then the 2nd half is all from 2.

    Do you have any more questions about anything in the show? I'd be happy to answer them for you.
     
  20. kitn

    kitn Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2004
    Messages:
    277
    Thank you for starting this thread. I did not realize that it was HSM1 and 2. I just bought tickets for Little Rock in april.
     
  21. Sailorwife

    Sailorwife Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2007
    Messages:
    66
    Thanks Cinderella123! We are going to the one in Hampton, VA. I have spoken with several friends who have gone and said it is great!! My DD10 woke up this morning super excited so I hope school goes OK today!

    My SIL lives in Little Rock and just got her DD tickets for the April show! Her birthday is in March so it is a perfect Bday gift!!

    Here's hoping I don't go broke on souvenirs!
     

Share This Page