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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Back to high school for musical lead SHIREEN KHALIL HIT children's movie High School Musical is being transformed into an Australian stage spectacular with lead character Gabriella being played by Croydon local Rebecca Tapia. Tapia, 23, and school sweetheart in the show, Troy, being played Chris Durling, 24, were selected from 500 actors, singers and dancers who auditioned during the nationwide selection process earlier this year. The cast was revealed to the Sydney media last week. ''This is my first lead role and I'm so excited to be in a show that is such a big thing for the new generation of kids,'' Tapia said. Her first big break was in the first Australian Idol series where she reached the semi-finals and since then she has appeared in four professional musicals including The Naturelles in Human Nature's Dancing in the Street national tour and as lead female vocalist for Burn The Floor's dance production Floorplay. Durling was an original member of Bindi Irwin's Crocmen. Stage legend Donna Lee will perform the role of Mrs Darbus, the school's passionate drama teacher. Joint producers Kevin Jacobsen and Tim McFarlane said: ''We are so pleased to finally introduce Australia to their own cast of phenomenally- talented, highly-energetic performers who will entertain young fans from all over the country for over a year.'' High School Musical was released in January 2006 and quickly became the most successful Disney Channel original movie produced to date. The plot has been described as something akin to Romeo and Juliet with Gabriella's brains falling for Troy's brawn. They audition for the high school musical, securing the lead roles and dividing the school community in the process. A sequel was released last year and a third movie is due out this year. The High School Musical Australian Tour begins on Sunday, December 21. Buy this picture: phone 1300 301 705 Picture: ERIN BYRNE Matter of fence sitting FIONA BRADY LIBERAL councillor Nick Adams says he is still standing for re- election in Ashfield despite revel- ations he no longer lives in the Ashfield local government area. The councillor said his new home was located ''on the border- line'' between the Ashfield and Burwood LGAs. ''I live with my parents in Croydon and at the time of the last election, our house was in the Ashfield LGA,'' he said. ''We have since moved opposite, three houses up and my new house is the first house in the street that is in the Burwood LGA. ''Actually my fence is in Ashfield LGA. If we have an issue with this fence I have to go to Ashfield Council.'' Cr Adams said he was able to stand as a candidate thanks to a provision that allows a business property owner who does not live in an LGA to nominate another person to represent them on the non-residential roll. This allows the nominee to vote or stand for election. ''This process of an non-resident nominating is an age-old thing,'' Cr Adams said. He said he had ''extensively consulted legal opinion'' before going down that path. And the Liberal councillor ac- cused his political opponents of teaming up to discredit him. ''This is a desperate political move from the Greens and inde- pendent councillors and the mayor because they know they are a heartbeat away from paling into political insignificance because of the rise of the two major political parties,'' he said. ''I've come from Ashfield, I went to school in Ashfield, I shop in Ashfield. I'm not an outsider.'' Another Ashfield Liberal candi- date, Tom Watson, whose address is listed in the Canada Bay LGA did not wish to comment. Money better spent on cop shop: O'Farrell THE State Government's failed attempt to pass electricity privatisation laws through parlia- ment cost taxpayers $500,000 -- money better spent on Five Dock police station, Opposition leader Barry O'Farrell said. Mr O'Farrell said Premier Mor- ris Iemma couldn't be trusted to fund critical infrastructure proj- ects such as the refurbishment of Five Dock police station. ''The Iemma Government is starving the electorate of Drummoyne of adequate police resources, leaving the community unprotected and angry,'' he said. Drummoyne Labor MP Angela D'Amore said Mr O'Farrell was seeking a cheap shot. She said Five Dock police station was regularly maintained and had a full-time duty officer and highway patrol officers work- ing from the station. ''It's about time Mr O'Farrell thanked our police officers for their tireless work in protecting us,'' Ms D'Amore said. 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