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Three's not a crowd

Patty Klein's daughters didn't have school on Friday, but the movie they were so eager to see wasn't exactly available in town. The Valley City, N.D., woman loaded up the girls, popped in "High School Musical 2" the movie for them to watch in the...

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Patty Klein's daughters didn't have school on Friday, but the movie they were so eager to see wasn't exactly available in town.

The Valley City, N.D., woman loaded up the girls, popped in "High School Musical 2" the movie for them to watch in the car and headed toward Fargo - arriving

90 minutes before the unveiling of the third installment of the Disney film sensation.

"We had to make the trip," Klein said as she waited in line with her daughters Alexa, 6, and Emily, 4.

The line outside West Acres 14 hadn't formed yet when they arrived, but the sky was threatening to rain on their parade. So the trio dashed over to the mall and found the

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perfect solution: a "High School Musical" umbrella, complete with images of the stars of the Disney films.

Several eager fans braved the dreary weather and waited in line to catch the first of 11 showings Friday of the film depicting lead characters "Troy," "Gabriella" and "Sharpay" going through their senior year at East High in Albuquerque, N.M.

A group of local high school students huddled toward the front entrance waiting for the doors to open - using fleece blankets to hold off the rain.

The five West Fargo girls left swim practice early to make sure they got inside but decided to wait in the car when they realized just how early they were.

"We got here before the workers," Johanna Erickson, 16, said with a laugh.

But the extra time may have paid off as the girls decided to "get in the mood" as they kept warm. They jammed out to "High School Musical" songs as they waited.

"High School Movie 3: Senior Year" was predicted to rake in $25 million to

$40 million this opening weekend, according to Hollywood movie tracking Web sites.

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The movie follows the cast as they move through their senior year of school, with the plot centering on the all-important prom and a end-of-the-year musical extravaganza. Disney's first two "High School Musical" movies were made for television. "HSM3" is showing only in theaters.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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