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'High School Musical' Sequel Draws Huge Audience

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'High School Musical' Sequel Draws Huge Audience

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'High School Musical' Sequel Draws Huge Audience

'High School Musical' Sequel Draws Huge Audience

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The Disney Channel's airing of High School Musical 2 on Friday drew more than 17 million viewers, the largest basic cable audience of all time. Sofia Castro, a 10-year-old fan of the movies from Montgomery Village, Md., talks with Madeleine Brand.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

Back now with DAY TO DAY. Friday night, it seemed like every teenage girl, in America and even girls younger than teenage years, magically disappeared from shopping malls across the country. "High School Musical 2," the sequel to the smash hit Disney Channel musical premiered to the largest cable television audience of all time. We are joined now by one of the 17 million who watched it. She is Sofia Castro. She's 10 years old, so not quite a teenager and she lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland. Hi, Sofia.

Ms. SOFIA CASTRO (Student): Hi, Madeleine.

BRAND: Well, what did you think? Did you like it?

Ms. CASTRO: I loved it.

BRAND: Loved it?

Ms. CASTRO: Mm-hmm.

BRAND: What's to love? Tell me.

Ms. CASTRO: Well, I think my favorite part was like at the end when they all sang together "All For One." And I thought that it was great because Sharpay was trying to bribe Troy into a friendship or relationship...

BRAND: Sharpay, just for those of us who aren't as conversant, Sharpay is sort of the villain, right?

Ms. CASTRO: Mm-hmm.

BRAND: And Troy is the main guy, the heartthrob?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

BRAND: Mm-hmm.

Ms. CASTRO: And then he found out that true friends don't need to bribe you to get your friendship.

BRAND: Is Troy your favorite character?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

BRAND: Do you kind of like him too because he's cute?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah, I think he's cute.

BRAND: So he's played by Zac Efron, who has become this phenomenon.

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah. Like all of my friends like him.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: He's a little older, though. He's 19, right?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah. He's like going to college next year.

BRAND: So he's an old man.

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

BRAND: So...

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: Are you and your friends talking about "High School Musical 2"?

Ms. CASTRO: They liked it better than "High School Musical," like the original version.

BRAND: Why did you like it better? Why was it better?

Ms. CASTRO: I just liked it that Sharpay, she kind of like got what she deserved.

BRAND: Mm-hmm.

Ms. CASTRO: Like in the last movie she was like really mean, but she didn't really get in trouble or anything.

BRAND: But this time she got her comeuppance?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

BRAND: So what happened to her?

Ms. CASTRO: She wanted to do the talent show with Troy, but her brother, he made - he told Troy to learn a totally new song, but Sharpay didn't know that song. And then Sharpay didn't get to sing in the talent show.

BRAND: Do you know the songs?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

BRAND: Can you sing a little bit of one that you like?

Ms. CASTRO: Sure. I like the song "Fabulous" a lot. But I'll just sing like the chorus.

BRAND: Okay.

Ms. CASTRO: Okay.

(Singing) She wants fabulous. That is her simple request. All things fabulous. Bigger and better and best. She needs something inspiring to help her get along. She needs a little fabulous. Is that so wrong?

BRAND: That is not so wrong. I think that you have outshone Sharpay, definitely.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: So are you looking forward to the third "High School Musical"?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah. It's going to be like a haunted house one.

BRAND: So you know a lot about "High School Musical."

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah, I guess so.

BRAND: How much time do you spend watching it, listening to the music, talking about it, do you think?

Ms. CASTRO: Well, like every day when I - I listen to the CD. I have to listen to like the whole CD because I like every single song.

BRAND: Everyday you listen to it?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah. And I bought the CD like the day that it came out. And the movie, it's been like showing ever since Friday and I've watched like every show that it's been going on, so...

BRAND: So how many times have you seen it since it debuted on Friday?

Ms. CASTRO: Like every time that it's shown.

BRAND: Once? Twice? Three times?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

BRAND: Four times?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah. Like five.

BRAND: Five times? Really?

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: And you're going to keep watching it?

Ms. CASTRO: Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: Sofia, thank you.

Ms. CASTRO: You're welcome. Thanks, Madeleine.

BRAND: That's 10-year-old Sofia Castro, a rabid "High School Musical" fan.

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