Just as the production‘s signature song says, the cast of High School Musical Jr. is “in the same boat.”
The curtain went up on the musical at Campbell Junior High School on Friday and is performed by students from Baker Intermediate School.
In addition to Friday’s performance, there will be one at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased by cash or check at the door.
The production is a shortened version of the hit Disney Channel original movie and was aimed at middle-aged performers.
The story revolves around the budding romance between Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez and their struggle to free themselves from the orbit of the various cliques at East High.
Avery Dore plays the female lead, Gabriella Montez, the new girl at East High who is more than her overachiever
“She wants to sing, but she’s a genius at the same time,” Dore said.
So how does Gabriella manage to bridge her two worlds?
“She balances them out by singing and letting her heart run free and not sticking to established cliques,” Dore said.
The production villain, Sharpay Evans, isn’t cut from the typical cloth either. She is involved in East High’s drama department and enjoys creating off-stage drama.
“Sharpay is mostly the bad guy, and she wants everyone to stick to the status quo and be who they’re supposed to be,” the actress who plays
Sharpay, Lilly Griffett, said.
Neko Holbrook said he enjoyed singing and “hanging out with his friends while preparing for opening night.
Which is the complete opposite of his character, Troy Bolton. Troy is opposed to people hearing him sing so as not to spoil his image as the school’s athletic golden boy.
Holbrook had sage advice for Troy.
“Suck it in and just sing it,” he said.
Griffet relished her role as the villain because “yelling at people” is a lot of fun.
Sophie Schmieg plays
East High’s drama teacher, Mrs. Darbus.
“She’s the drama teacher, and she really loves teaching and drama.
She picks favorites and loves giving detentions,”
Schmieg talked about his character.
Schmieg said she liked playing an exaggerated role, with a British accent.
One of the show’s co-directors, Katie Berner, said the show was “high energy”.
“We get to do a lot more pop songs. Sometimes musicals are more like the Broadway classic. So it’s more pop and more dance. The children start dancing. I think they are having fun and it will help the audience have fun,” she said.
The production’s other director, Ian Ferrell, praised his show’s work ethic.
“It’s a really hard-working bunch of kids, and what’s really fun is that we have 57 actors… A lot of these guys are new to us and brand new to theater as well,” he said. he declares.
Drum Major: Addison Taylor
Jacky Scott: Emily Howton
Chad Danforth: Anderson Kidd
Zeke Baylor: Pierce-Daniel
Troy Bolton: Neko Holbrook
Sharpay Evans: Lilly Griffett
Ryan Evans: Rowan Shelton
Gabrielle Montez: Avery Dore
Taylor McKessie: Aliyah Daniel
Martha Cox: Henry Bailey
Kratnoff: Cooper Galloway
Mrs. Darbus: Sophie Schmieg
Coach Bolton: Eli Craig
Ms Tenny: Ella Kidd
Kelsi Nielsen: mischa root
Audition Soloists: Olivia Slone, Addison Taylor, Cordy Estes, Emily Howton
Scientific moderator: Gabriella Maldonado
East High Cheerleaders students: Kaylee Cravens, Annabelle Fletcher, Maddi Honaker, Sarah Sexton, Elayna Swart
Athletes: Lela Ashley, Christine Banks, Anna Cooper, Clara Craig, Neisha Duncan, Lily Ervin, Addison Palmer, Colton Shearer
Brainiacs: Isabella Caudill, Mackenzie Caudill, Haley Ellis, Ella Matthews, Emily McLean, Allison Moore, Griffin White
Actors: Carson Bowling, Natalee Disney, Cordy Estes, Laura Petersen, Michael Price, Olivia Slone, Jane Sutherland, Addison Taylor
Children’s Day: Zayne Foust, Ella Kidd, Ellie Koger, Hope Meyerhoff, Madison White, Mason White, Robbie Wills, Hannah Winburn, Aria Wolsky
Rebels: Maddy Bishop, Emma Galloway