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Young stars take Clay stage

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Clay County Fair grandstand is best known for country and classic rock acts, but Fair organizers go out of the way each year to land an act that will attract younger music fans.

This year's offering, culled from the phenom franchise "High School Musical" is Corbin Bleu and Drew Seeley.

Bleu starred in the Emmy-award winning Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical" and its sequel, "High School Musical 2" as Chad, the devoted basketball phenom. The original movie was the highest-rated program in cable TV history.

Bleu will reprise his role in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." The film finds the characters staging an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hope and fears about the future. Walt Disney Pictures is scheduled to release the film on the big screen in October 2008.

Bleu is evolving beyond the high school scene, however. He comes to the area fresh off an appearance on the VMA Awards this week, and recently wrapped production on William Dear's "Free Style" playing a young motocross star and getting his first chance as a producer.

Bleu's first leading film role was in Bart Freundlich's "Catch That Kid," opposite Kristen Stewart, but he has been seen in "Soldier" with Jurt Russell, "Galaxy Quest" opposite Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, and "Mystery Men" with Ben Stiller. On TV, he has been in a half dozen hits from "ER" to "Hannah Montana." On stage, Bleu starred in the Off-Broadway production of "Tiny Tim is Dead" as well as "Brothers of the Knight" with Debbie Allen. The Brooklyn native attended the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy and then attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre Major.

Due for release in early 2009 will be Bleu's second album distributed by Hollywood Records. Bleu's debut solo album entitled "Another Side," was released in May 2007. The album featured the hit single "Push it to the Limit" from his film "Jump In!" He recently released the single "Run It Back Again."

Seeley, the 25-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter, also appeared in "High School Musical" as well as several TV series, created much of the music for recent Disney albums, and is about to release his first solo CD, "The Star Treatment."