Friday, November 29, 2013

Weekend Book Giveaway: Drama High

For something a little different this week, our Advance Readers Copy is a non-fiction book:  Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater.

Friday Night Lights meets Glee!  The incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town.  Why would the multimillionaire producer of Cats , Phantom of the Opera , and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of Les Mis√©rables ? To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows like Rent and Spring Awakening before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe's students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.

If you love musical theater and Glee, you are going to want to read this inspiring story.  Our library copies have a waiting list, but you might have the ARC next week, if you answer this question:   What is your favorite musical, and what is so fabulous about it?

Winner will be selected with Random Number Generator on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.


Alice-Alise Vu said...

I can't pick a favorite color much less a favorite musical, (not sure if Disney movies count as musicals) but Mama Mia and Phantom of the Opera is pretty high up there, because I was raised on 70's and 80's music and I love the drama of the latter.

HammyHan said...

I love the musical Les Miserables because the story line has a sad and harsh setting to it. Each character faces horrible odds and are forced to go through with it.

Mitsuki Kurayami said...

Singing in the Rain is my favorite musical because the music from that era was absolutely amazing, and the outfits were flashy, but not too wild.

Maddy E. said...

I feel like this is a recurring theme in my comments, but I'm going to have to say Peter Pan. That musical was my childhood and I still know all the songs. I have the version with Cathy Rigby on VHS and I still pull it out every so often and watch it.

Dawn said...

Random Number Generator picked #3 = Mitsuki Kurayami! Please email me at to let me know which library to send your book to :D

ps...I love Singing in the Rain, too!

pps...but my favorite is Sweeney Todd.