As I mentioned in my first entry, I watched High School Musical: The Ice Tour in Araneta Coliseum (Quezon City, Philippines) in July 2008 with my niece Raicielle, nephew Brian and boyfriend Sidney. The second half of the show told the story of HSM2. When the final school bell rang, signifying the beginning of the summer break, everyone performed “What Time Is It?”, which is a very catchy tune. If I were still a student, this would probably be my theme song (“no more waking up at 6 am…”).
At the Lava Springs, Ryan, Sharpay and the Sharpettes performed “Fabulous,” happy that they were going to spend their summer at their parents’ country club. Troy and the rest of the Wildcats were also spending their summer at Lava Springs, albeit as employees (working as waiters, lifeguards, etc). Following the instructions of Sharpay, the club manager, Mr. Fulton, tried to make things difficult for them, hoping to get everyone except Troy to quit. They felt discouraged until Troy began to sing “Work This Out.”
Kelsi later played the song she composed for Troy and Gabriella, “You Are the Music in Me,” a song that I really like except that music is pronounced in the song as mu-SIC instead of MU-sic. While working at Lava Springs, a rift slowly began to form between Troy and his friends, mainly because of Sharpay and her manipulations. During the staff baseball game, Gabriella and Taylor invited Ryan along (who took Troy’s place since he didn’t show up), where he and Chad performed “I Don’t Dance” while playing baseball. I did think it’s really funny for someone to sing “I don’t dance” while actually dancing.
Troy and Sharpay practiced the very upbeat “You Are the Music in Me (Sharpay Version)” complete with special effects, like in the movie. When Sharpay found out that her twin Ryan was choreographing the Wildcats for the country club’s Midsummer Night’s Talent show, she told Mr. Fulton to ban employee participation. Troy’s relationship with Gabriella hit the breaking point then, and she performed “Gotta Go My Own Way.”
When Gabriella quit her job, Troy realized how badly he had been treating her and their friends, and performed “Bet On It.” I didn’t like this part very much in the movie because he did a couple of pretty weird moves, but the skating in the show was superb. Since this was a solo, the skater playing Troy had the chance to show off his skating skills.
After this, Troy finally told Sharpay off for not treating his friends well and only agreed to sing with her if his friends were allowed to perform in the talent show too. With the help of everyone (especially Ryan and Kelsi), he performed “Everyday” with Gabriella, along with the rest of the Wildcats. The show ended with “All for One,” another catchy tune, and I was again pleased to see that they used some of the choreography from the movie.
So what did I think of High School Musical: The Ice Tour? The skaters playing Gabriella and Sharpay had pretty obvious wigs. But that’s okay because the skater playing Troy, Chad, Martha, Kelsi and Ms. Darbus looked very similar to the movie actors.
It was worth every peso I spent for our tickets since we not only had the chance to relive 2 movies we all enjoyed, but we also got to watch great skating as well. My nephew reminded me that it has been years since I last took them ice skating, so I guess I’ll have to plan another skating session soon.