Well, my sister and her two daughters and myself and my daughter (2 10 year olds and a 4 1/2 year old) all went to see High School Musical on Ice yesterday afternoon. Overall, it was very cute and well done. It had all the songs from both movies and all the main characters and most minor characters, as well. I believe the same person that choreographed the movies also did the ice show and the person that directed the movies directed the ice show, as well. So it had the same feel as the movies, just shorter versions.
The people that played the main characters (Troy, specifically) looked like a KID! I need to do some research and see just how old he is, because he looked 14 (only tall). He was adorable and was a very good Troy. But the BEST character that most resembled his movie part was Chad. This guy on ice had the same mannerisms as Corbin, the same dance moves, the same hair, the same body style, it was uncanny! Gabriella was excellent,too. Oh and Ryan was cast very well, also. Sharpay had on a very obvious wig and I felt she didn't deliver enough attitude, as I would of liked to see. But remember they all looked like KIDS! So, I feel I can't be too critical....but to be quite honest I wasn't that impressed with the skating either. I don't know if it is because I have seen Champions on Ice so many times in the past that my ice skating expectations are just too high or if it really was sub-par. Again, they were so young (or at least looked it) that I feel bad saying anything too critical.
Not only did they have to skate, which I would expect since it's Disney on ICE. But they had to act out these parts, lip sync the music and spoken parts...they had to portray these characters to the audience. Most of which already know who these characters are and have high expectations of what they should be seeing. I think that's a lot for "ice skaters". So, overall they did a great job and it was well worth the money. Oh and we had excellent seats. We were in row J (10) and was right on the ice. Ummm, which made it much colder for us.
Oh and the costumes were EXCELLENT! They were exactly like the movie. It was so fun to watch and see the exact same stuff live and on ice. Since I am one of those lucky mom's that gets to watch HSM and HSM II many, many, many times. I knew all the songs and all the costumes, and all the characters and just all of it. How great is that...LOL! But on the other hand, those poor skaters had on halter tops, tank tops, short sleeve shirts, shorts, skirts, etc. while flying around on the freezing ice!!!
Bottom line, our daughters LOVED the show!!! And isn't that who they aim to please, anyway!?!?!?