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 Some outdated references to Barry Manilow songs and the movie Xanadu might be missed by contemporary teens.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.
Simon Pulse, 2007 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
School's out, but the drama never stops at the superposh Orion Academy. Hartley Blackstone -- the famous director, producer, choreographer, and genuine Broadway icon -- has chosen Orion to hold auditions for one lucky guy and girl to attend his summer theater program in New York City.
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....
· 9 years ago