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Naturally, every wannabe-It girl and boy at Orion is going mad, prepping to win Blackstone's approval. With any luck, it could be Bryan and his BFF, Sam, stepping...
Naturally, every wannabe-It girl and boy at Orion is going mad, prepping to win Blackstone's approval. With any luck, it could be Bryan and his BFF, Sam, stepping onto a Broadway stage.
But Mr. Blackstone, known for his notoriously harsh critiques, is capable of crushing hearts and shattering dreams with a single word. Bryan will need more than his snarky wit and cute smile for this one. He's got to bring it!
Now if he could just figure out exactly what it is....
Gr 7 Up
This sequel to Drama!: The Four Dorothys (S & S, 2007) continues the saga of Bryan Stark, a gay teen, and his search to find himself. In this novel, Bryan and his Malibu, CA, friends compete with other summer drama-camp students for a coveted spot in the Hartley Blackstone Acting School. The story is told from Bryan's irreverent and flippant point of view. He complains about favoritism, nepotism, and how children of the rich and famous get special treatment, and points out that teachers often submit to the wishes of pushy parents. Ruditis accurately captures the rhythm and sarcasm often present in teen speech, but Bryan and his friends also toss about words such as "phalanx" and "plethora." Some outdated references to Barry Manilow songs and the movie Xanadu might be missed by contemporary teens. However, the setting, the wickedly absurd extravagance, and the wit with which the story is told will appeal to many readers.
—Terrilyn FlemingCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted October 28, 2008
The cast from Orion is back in a sequel to Paul Ruditis' first DRAMA! story, THE FOUR DOROTHYS. Bryan, Sam, Hope, Holly, Alexis, and Belinda are all prepared for their next "big scene." <BR/><BR/>The school year is over for those at Orion, but just because academics are done does not mean acting is. During summer break a yearly, mandatory two-week theater camp begins, but instead of establishing a play, something new comes along. <BR/><BR/>Hartley Blackstone, a Broadway director, is using the two weeks to test all theater majors for a summer apprenticeship. To get this apprenticeship could be two lucky Orion students' big break. <BR/><BR/>During week one, everyone studies their individual monologues and performs for Hartley. After the performances, Mr. Blackstone critiques everyone's work, leaving nothing but shattered spirits. Now no one wants to go on with auditions. <BR/><BR/>In week two, Hope and her boyfriend are broken up. Done. Over. Which leads Bryan and Sam to hatch a plan to get Hope and her (ex) boyfriend back together. <BR/><BR/>This plan will take a lot of time away from Bryan once group auditions start. Will they be prepared? Who will win the summer apprenticeship? <BR/><BR/>Paul Ruditis' second DRAMA! book is very good. The whole time I was reading I thought, "this is like American Idol meets The Real World" (due to the singing and all of the drama in the book). I felt the story lacked a little in the middle, but was overall interesting to the end.
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Posted September 27, 2007