IMPROV - The Secondary School Musical

Circa Two, Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Waterfront, Wellington

17/02/2009 - 21/02/2009

NZ Fringe Festival 2009

Production Details


The Improvisors take on Disney with their own loving tribute to the phenomenon that is High School Musical as they create a full-length comedy musical that mixes teen angst, saccharine sweetness, and their own trademark version of improvised comedy irreverence.

After sold out seasons of previous musicals IMPROV – The Rock Opera and IMPROV – The Musical, this is the The Improvisors rocking musical debut in the Fringe Festival.

"We decided that High School Musical had gone on too long without someone poking a little fun at it. And that kiwi audiences deserved a kiwi version but without sacrificing all that gooey, G rated, R & B-lite goodness that goes hand in hand with High School Musical," says Greg Ellis, Improvisor.

Taking audience suggestions to generate each original, never to be seen again, performance, a quintessencially kiwi ‘Secondary School’ musical extravaganza is created by a cast of over 10 seasoned Improvisors, accompanied by a swinging live band.

So whether you are a fan of High School Musical, have been tortured by numerous repeat viewings or really don’t care – you’ll love our unique version!

IMPROV – The Secondary School Musical is all class.

17-21 February, 7.30pm
Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St
Cost: $18/16 – Fringe Card $12
Bookings: 04 801 7992 or  

Remarkable crafting

Review by Lynn Freeman 25th Feb 2009

The Improvisers take the well traversed high school musical genre and turn it not only on its head but inside out and give it a good shake.  This has more in common with the brilliant scathing Aussie comedy set in a high school, its name escapes me, but subversion was the name of the game as it is here. 

So much hinges on the crowd and ours was bursting with great and helpful ideas. So our list, given every night is different, was a water polo team, school bell, prefects and world peace for the big musical finale. 

The Improvisers took these and crafted something remarkable over the next hour and a half, something which appealed equally to me whose school days are far behind me, and my 14 year old companion, Adam, who’s just started at secondary school. 


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