"High School Musical 2," the Highly-Anticipated Sequel To The Smash Hit TV-Movie, Set To Premiere On Family Channel Friday, August 17 (8:00 P.M. ET/PT) Day and Date With The U.S. Premiere On Disney Channel

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - "High School Musical 2," the sequel to last
year's pop culture phenomenon, will make its Canadian television premiere on
Astral Media's Family Channel on Friday, August 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, airing
day and date with the U.S. premiere on Disney Channel.
    Written by former rock music journalist Peter Barsocchini, the sequel
features anthemic songs (spanning pop, rock, hip hop, swing and a flashy
Hawaiian/Polynesian number), and sensational production numbers choreographed
by an Emmy Award-winning team led by the film's director, Kenny Ortega.
    Reprising their singing and dancing roles are bona fide superstars in the
kid and tween universe: Zac Efron as star athlete Troy Bolton; Vanessa Hudgens
as brainy transfer student Gabriella Montez; Ashley Tisdale as drama club diva
Sharpay Evans; Lucas Grabeel as drama club idol Ryan Evans; Corbin Bleu as
teammate and best friend Chad Danforth; and, Monique Coleman as academic
decathlete Taylor McKessie.
    In the sequel, school's out for summer and the East High Wildcats are
ready to kick back and make it the time of their lives. If they can land
decent summer jobs, all will be right with the world. Troy Bolton can barely
believe his luck when he's offered a job at Albuquerque's posh country club,
Lava Springs. What he doesn't know is that his newfound employment is part of
club queen Sharpay's plot to lure him away from Gabriella. But that plan
begins to unravel when Troy, unbeknownst to Sharpay, lands a lifeguard
position at the club for Gabriella, as well as jobs for Chad, Taylor and the
rest of his Wildcat pals.
    When she learns Kelsi (Olesya Rulin) has written what's sure to be a
winning duet for Troy and Gabriella to perform at the club's annual Midsummer
Night's Talent Show, an incensed Sharpay begins an all-out campaign to ensure
these newcomers will not upstage her - forcing her to relive her humiliation
over the school's winter musical.
    Thus begins a duel of wits between the determined Sharpay, who seeks to
always get what she wants, and Troy, who begins to experience a world of
privilege he's never known. What will he be willing to sacrifice for the sake
of his future? All questions are answered, musically of course, on the night
of the club's Talent Show.
    Filmed on location in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, "High School
Musical 2" is from First Street Films and Salty Pictures. The original movie
is executive produced by Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush. Don Schain is the

    Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in
family television entertainment in 5.4 million homes across Canada. Dedicated
to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs
a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of
programming supplied by Disney. Visit us at family.ca. Family is an Astral
Media network.

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences.

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For further information: For artwork or additional information, please
contact: Marcia Andreychuk at (416) 956 8648 or marciaa@family.ca; Natalie
Jones at (416) 956 2010 x 6283 or njones@tv.astral.com

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