Gr 9 Up- Ridgeport High School is an ordinary public school with an extraordinary theater department. As the students prepare to perform Grease , their spring musical, junior Brianna goes from motivated good girl to overachiever, relying on uppers and downers to get her through her jam-packed days. There is the usual cast of drama students within the main plot: the diva, the tech geek, the reluctant performer, the jock who can act, the homosexual, and the student director. The multiple points of view stay true to teen language, including instant messaging. The drug-use subplot is not explicit and is quickly and neatly resolved; Lerangis mainly shows the effects of the pills on Brianna (short temper, shaking hands, confusion, and delirium). Nice-boy Harrison deals with his racist, homophobic, Greek father, providing a father-son strained relationship as another narrative thread. Unlike Paul Ruditis's "Drama!" series (S & S), the theatrical aspect of the book isn't too technical and, in fact, provides much of the drama and hilarity. Overall, a solid and well-cast production.-Terrilyn Fleming, Colby Public Schools, KS
The Big Production (Drama Club Series #2)by Peter Lerangis
Rumor has it that there’s a casting director coming to see the Big Spring Musical, Grease, and immediately the drama in Drama Club starts heating up. Auditions are swamped, emotions run high, and everyone is stressing to make sure that every last detail—in both performance and production—is exactly right. Meanwhile, it’s all just a bit too much for Brianna, who takes some desperate measures to keep her head above water. Can the Drama Club nail their performance and keep Brianna from falling apart? And if they do, will the casting director take notice? It could be the chance of a lifetime, and no one wants to be the one to blow it.
Meet the Author
Peter Lerangis performed in the touring company for a major Broadway show, and is the author of over 100 books for young readers, including the Spy X series, the Watchers series, the Antarctica series, Smiler's Bones, and many TV and movie tie-ins. He lives in New York City.
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I was given the first book in the series a few months ago and I know I gave it a so-so review. When I saw this book, I decided to try once again and see if I liked it better. I do, but I am not falling over myself trying to get the next installment. I know the series has been out a few years, but the story still is good. The main characters are picked up soon after the first book ends and they are all dealing with the stress of high school and trying to get into the best colleges and stuff. Brianna tries to do too much and she gets into serious trouble, if not for her friends in the drama club pulling her back. The rehersal scenes for the musical are funny and interesting to watch. The second book is way better in my opinion and is good for a nice quick read.
Here at Ridgeport High School, theater is everything. With tons of awards and the reputation of having Tony winners as alumni, every generation has to make sure that the momentum keeps going.
Brianna Glaser is proud to be co-president of the Drama Club. The drawback of having that position, though, is that it does take up a pretty good amount of her time. But Brianna can't let this effect her at all. She does, in fact, have to make time to study, choose a college, and try to be the top of her class while trying not to get lovestruck.
But since the Spring Musical is coming up, Brianna finds it hard to fit academics into her schedule. Especially since this year's musical will be the world-renowned Grease, one show everyone will want to be in.
Of course, from here on out, it isn't smooth sailing for Brianna. From accidents on the stage to some of the main performers having to drop out, it's bad enough that Brianna can't keep herself together, but will she be able to keep the musical together before opening night?
There's always drama in the DC!
Peter Lerangis keeps this new series going with THE BIG PRODUCTION. Fast-paced and very dramatic (of course!), readers who enjoyed the first book, THE FALL MUSICAL, will not want to miss this next one.
The Big Production was FABULOUS!!! I love how it's set taking place with the Drama Club. That is SO cool. Harrison and Brianna are so awesome, being friends from babies, then falling in love...obviously!!! Brianna's whole thing was a bit weird but it's an alll in all great book!