UTS Queer Revue 2020: Higher School Musical

The queerly beloved extravaganza is back!

Angela Jin

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UTS Queer Revue 2020, Higher School Musical, speaks to every millennial and Gen Z. Is there a better way to spend an evening than to watch beloved pop culture and childhood characters be defiled, sexualised, and politicised? Didn’t think so. If, like many, you yearn to see live theatre again, then you won’t want to miss out on this year’s cheeky and energetic UTS Queer Revue!

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Sevin, Alice, and I were unsure what to expect, but we were excited nonetheless when we arrived on Tuesday night to catch the rehearsal. Despite the lockdown hiatus, the cast and crew have managed to come back together and put on a dazzling show. The show kicks off with a high energy opening and closes with an equally lively number. We giggled, belly laughed and, at one point, went on a rollercoaster of emotions. Darn sock puppets.

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Emily Mead, performer, sums the show up to be about, “Stuff that shouldn’t be sexy, but is.” Have you ever seen houseplants come together and make sexual advances on their human? Queer Revue has it all and more!

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Though largely satirising and mocking through a queer lens, Higher School Musical has something for everyone. Topics touch on racism, dick pics, classism, environmentalism, rental market, vegan jokes, fresh interpretations of tired memes, contemporary art, and more. There’s social commentary aplenty for all to relate to and left a lasting impression on each of the Vertigo editors who were invited to the rehearsal. Other skits simply offer multifaceted absurdity. Some skits are so efficient that the actors had barely walked on stage before walking off again.

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Our personal favourites include: “Straight Man Confused By The Existence of Lesbians”, the “IKEA song parody”, and “Ninja Turtles Face Common Turtle Problem”.

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The song parodies were unanimously agreed to be some of the best skits in the show. We were serenaded by familiar melodies and tickled by new lyrics. We left the show humming “…get’cha dick out the frame, we gotta get’cha get’cha get’cha get’cha dick out the frame…” The songs were catchy, funny, and clever enough to make you forget that this is only an amateur production.

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The humble cast of ten were tasked to each play a multitude of characters over the course of ninety minutes, but they rose to meet the challenge with their passion and hardwork. There is something so charming about their DIY cardboard props — at first glance, we did mistake that flimsy laptop for the real deal.

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Higher School Musical will be opening tonight at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Building 10. It’ll only be here for four nights so grab your tickets here! Though COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifting, the Revue will only be seating 100 audience members per night. Worry not if you are unable to attend in-person! Friday night’s performance will be livestreamed for people to watch remotely for only $10.

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UTS Main Revue will be running auditions for their 2021 show on the 7th and 9th of December. More information can be found here.

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UTS Main Revue will be running auditions for their 2021 show on the 7th and 9th of December. More information can be found [here] <https://www.facebook.com/events/394429368363159/>