Watch High School Musical 3
I have two boys, ages 9 and 6. One look at the posters on their bedroom walls and you can tell they're huge soccer fans. Manchester United fans to be exact. But, they're not just sports fans. My boys are budding travel enthusiasts and secretly wish Hagrid would show up on their doorstep and whisk them off to Hogwarts. As they've grown up, so have their tastes, interests and passions. And, my husband and I have enjoyed watching the evolution and helping them cultivate each new interest as best we can. But, I have to tell you, I was completely caught off guard by one of their recent interests -
The first, Disney-produced High School Musical movie came out in January 2006 - when our oldest son was just 5 months old. The third and last of the hit movies was screened in theaters in 2008. But, thanks to the cold and snow that's come to Chicago this winter, our sons recently discovered the movies.
I admit I was a bit hesitant when my husband originally suggested we sit down and watch the first High School Musical movie together. But, to my surprise, our sons both agreed to give it a try - and were hooked in no time.
The High School Musical story begins one fateful New Year's Eve when Troy Bolton, a high school basketball star played by Zac Efron, is called up to sing a karaoke duet with Gabriella Montez, a book-smart, "academically gifted" student, played by Vanessa Hudgens, at a "kids" party at their ski resort. During their impromptu duet, Troy indulges his hidden passion and talent for singing. And, thanks to the influence of Gabriella, who coincidently ends up transferring to Troy's school, he soon comes to accept his talent and gain the confidence necessary to further pursue his passion - even if it differs what his teammates and dad expect of him.
I know that some of these bigger life lessons may be a bit too much for our young sons to understand at this point, but I appreciate that they're being exposed to them now. It's given us a reason to talk about pursuing your dreams - no matter what they are or what other people think about it.
After watching all three movies several times, Troy Bolton has become a clean-cut hero our boys emulate - basketball and dance moves and all. And, I know the lessons we've begun to discuss are ones we'll likely revisit for many years to come as they take away new ones from the movie as they watch them over the next few years.