Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica Bank, is proud to announce a new touring stage version of “High School Musical” at the Music Hall at Fair Park July 2-13.  

Presented by Disney Theatrical Productions, the division responsible for such smash Broadway hits as “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins,” “High School Musical” is based on the 2006 Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie.  

Priority seating for the show is available for groups of 20 or more by calling 214-426-GROUP. Individual tickets will go on sale May 5.

This new touring stage adaptation of Disney’s “High School Musical” will be directed by Jeff Calhoun (“Big River”). “High School Musical” features a book by David Simpatico (adapted from the original movie script by Peter Barsocchini) and a score including all the songs from the original soundtrack  – plus two new songs.  

The touring company includes a live orchestra and a cast of 34 professional performers.  

“Our stage version of this great property has been mounted as a direct response to overwhelming demand,” Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said. “As someone who has been passionate about theatre since I was a kid, I am thrilled that we will be touring this remarkably popular title as a fully realized stage production and, most certainly, introducing countless young people to the world of theatre for the very first time. You can’t ask for more than that. It is a great joy and privilege for us to be able to produce and present the Disney Channel’s enormously popular property on stage.”

“To have the great characters, movie and music from our Disney Channel Original Movie adapted for this professional theatre tour is an honor and we hope it will provide an opportunity to introduce kids to the arts,” Rich Ross, president, Disney Channel Worldwide, said.  

Disney’s “High School Musical” is a contemporary musical comedy about a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically gifted newcomer who discover they share a secret passion for singing.  

When they sign up together to audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High’s rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar.  

In a desperate effort to maintain the status quo, the “jocks,” the “brainiacs” and even the drama club regulars are soon hatching convoluted plots to separate the pair and keep them offstage.  

By defying expectations and taking a chance on their dreams, however, the couple inspires other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own.

The performance schedule is:

• 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 - opening night

• 2, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3    

• 8 p.m. Friday, July 4        

• 2, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5    

• 2, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6    

• No performance Monday, July 7

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8        

• 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9    

• 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10    

• 8 p.m. Friday, July 11        

• 2, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12    

• 2, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 13    

Tickets for “High School Musical” range in price from $18.50-$78.50.  

Priority seating for the show is available for groups of 20 or more by calling 214-426-GROUP.

Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 5 at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, and all Ticketmaster outlets.  

After May 5, single tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 214-631-ARTS.  

For more information, visit www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Disney’s “High School Musical” premiered on Disney Channel U.S. on Jan. 20, 2006, and posted the highest ratings for a Disney Channel Original Movie up until that time.  

It went on to become a smash hit internationally, airing on 27 Disney Channels and free-to-air broadcasters worldwide, thus far reaching over 250 million viewers in over 100 countries including China.  

It was also the first TV movie to be offered on the iTunes Music Store. The show delivered the No. 1 album of 2006, the year’s No. 1 TV movie on DVD, licensed amateur and professional touring stage productions, a best-selling junior novel, a popular consumer products franchise at mass retailers, a themed show at Disneyland Parks and Resorts in Anaheim, Orlando and Paris, a sold-out, 42-date arena concert tour in North America and Latin America and a popular touring ice show around the world.