(Grades 5th-HS)*
*Please check with your schools Merrowvista dates before registering.


Book by
DAVID SIMPATICO
 
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by
Peter Barsocchini
 
Songs by
Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil
Ray Cham, Greg Cham & Andrew Seeley
Randy Petersen & Kevin Quinn
Andy Dodd & Adam Watts
Bryan Louiselle
David N. Lawrence & Faye Greenberg
Jamie Houston
 
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by
Bryan Louiselle
 
 General Information

 

Tuition

 

$450


Coop Option

(Requires Parent Volunteer Commitment) 


What is Co-op Theater?


-OR-



$650

 

Non-Coop Option


 (Requires NO Parent Volunteer Commitment)

 

 

Each Cast Member Receives 
A Cast T-shirt!

 

 

Registration is first-come-first serve and is only complete when both registration form and payment are received. 

Times & Dates*
 
Auditions:
Acton Congregational Church
Sunday, February 9, 2020
11:00am-2:00pm
(Check-in starts at 10:30am)
Please let us know immediately if you have a conflict with the audition date.

Parent Meeting:
Acton Congregational Church
Friday, February 7, 2020
6:30pm-8:00pm
One parent or guardian must attend this meeting
   
Rehearsals:
Acton Congregational Church Fridays: 
February 14, 2020-April 24, 2020
4:30pm-7:30pm
We WILL hold rehearsal over February and April breaks for those who can attend.

Tech/Dress Rehearsals:
R.J. Grey Jr. High School
Mon, May 4th: 5:00-8:30pm
Tues, May 5th: 5:00-8:30pm
Wed,May 6th: 5:00-8:30pm
Thurs, May 7th: Dark (NO TECH)
Fri, May 8th: 5:00-8:30pm
Attendance at all tech and dress rehearsals is mandatory.
(We do realize that there may be a slight conflict on Friday, May 8th for those who will be coming back from Merrowvista that night so if your child arrives late to tech, we will allow for that.)


Performances:
R.J. Grey Jr. High School
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at
 2:00pm and 7:00pm

*All times and dates are subject to change


  

Call Times:
Rehearsals will be broken down into call times. This means that your child will be required to attend only when their character is called- which may be anytime during their scheduled rehearsal.  Each week an email will go out letting cast members know what time they will need to attend. Cast members may not be dropped off early.
Synopsis:

The Cheerleaders of East High School spiritedly welcome the students back from winter break ("Wildcat Cheer"). Gabriella Montez, a new student, tells Taylor McKessie about her ski trip; Gabriella flashes back to the New Year’s Eve karaoke contest where she met Troy Bolton and they sang a duet together ("Start of Something New"). Troy tells Chad Danforth that he made a New Year’s resolution to ask Gabriella out.


That morning the students – including Drama Club president Sharpay Evans and her brother Ryan Evans – gather in homeroom, where Ms. Darbus announces the auditions for Juliet and Romeo, the winter musical written by student Kelsi Nielsen. When Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Troy, Chad, and Taylor use cellphones in class, Ms. Darbus sentences them to detention later that day. In the hallway after homeroom, Troy and Gabriella are shocked to discover they now attend the same school.


At basketball practice, Coach Bolton runs drills with the Jocks ("Get’cha Head in the Game"), but Troy’s mind strays to his duet with Gabriella. That afternoon, Gabriella demonstrates her intelligence in Ms. Tenny's chemistry class and Taylor tries to convince her to join the Science Decathlon team. Meanwhile, Sharpay and Ryan hatch a plan to trick Gabriella into joining the team to keep her from auditioning for the musical and threatening their stardom. Later, at Ms. Darbus’s detention, Coach Bolton bursts in, trying to find out why his players aren’t at practice, and finds the students doing acting exercises.


The theater is buzzing the next afternoon as Thesepians, including James, Susan, Cathy, and Cyndra audition for the musical ("Auditions"). Sharpay and Ryan audition for the lead roles with a creative take on a song Kelsi wrote for the musical ("What I’ve Been Looking For"). Troy and Gabriella arrive too late to audition, but Kelsi encourages them to sing her song as written, and the two of them perform as Ms. Darbus listens from the back of the auditorium ("What I’ve Been Looking For – Reprise"); she agrees to give them a callback.


The next morning, Sharpay is furious to see Troy and Gabriella on the callback list. In the cafeteria, members of the various Cliques are alternately inspired and dismayed at Troy’s transcendence of his clique ("Stick to the Status Quo"); Zeke Baylor reveals to the Jocks that he likes to bake, and Marth Cox tells the Brainiacs that hip-hop is her passion – much to Kratnoff's dismay.


Escaping the chaos, Gabriella and Troy share their fears and reminisce about how simple things used to be. Meanwhile, the Jocks and Brainiacs devise a plan to get Troy and Gabriella to focus on basketball and the Science Decathlon, and Sharpay hatches her own plan to take them out of the running for the musical: She will convince Ms. Darbus that Troy is trying to sabotage auditions as revenge for putting him in detention.


Later that afternoon, the Brainiacs try to convince Gabriella to concentrate on the Science Decathlon while the Jocks remind Troy to keep his head in the game ("Counting on You"). They put their plan into action by tricking Troy into saying that Gabriella and the musical don’t mean anything to him while secretly broadcasting this proclamation to Gabriella.


The next day, Troy apologizes to Gabriella, and they decide to participate in the callbacks after all. Their plan is complicated when Jack Scott, the school announcer, proclaims that the time of the callbacks has changed. Sharpay had succeeded in convincing Ms. Darbus to change the time of the callbacks to conflict with the Science Decathlon and championship game. Troy and Gabriella both say that they will support their teams, but the Jocks and Brainiacs feel guilty and devise a new plan to help them make it to callbacks ("We’re All in This Together").


The following day, all three events unfold at the same time ("Bop to the Top"): Sharpay and Ryan perform their callback while Troy plays in the championship game and Gabriella competes in the Science Decathlon, led by the Moderator. Taylor hacks into the school’s electrical system and shuts down the lights in the gym and lab to give Troy and Gabriella a chance to run to their callback. But when they arrive at the auditorium, they’re too late.


However, when the East High students arrive to rally behind them, Ms. Darbus relents. Sharpay protests, but Ryan reveals her lie to Ms. Darbus. Troy and Gabriella perform their callback ("Breaking Free") and get the parts. Troy and Gabriella return to their other competitions, and both teams win! The barriers between the cliques have fallen, and all of the students come together to celebrate ("We’re All in This Together – Reprise, High School Musical Megamix – Bows").

Character Breakdown:

Gabriella Montez: Gabriella Montez is the new student who’s struggling to find her place at East High. She’s a Renaissance woman who doesn’t fully identify with any of the cliques, and so she’s taking her time – and realizing her confidence – along the way. Smart and independent, Gabriella can be shy and vulnerable at times. 

Troy BoltonTroy Bolton, the most popular student at East High, is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what others – especially his dad, Coach Bolton – want him to be. A natural athlete and leader with charm to spare, Troy discovers he loves to sing, but is afraid to admit it to his basketball buddies. 

Sharpay Evans: 
Sharpay Evans is the dramatic and self- centered star of the school musicals. Between her and Ryan, she’s the alpha twin – over-the-top, demanding, and always “on,” with a flair for the theatrical. This diva knows how to work a crowd.

Ryan Evans: Ryan Evans is Sharpay’s fraternal twin and, like her, he lives to sing, dance, and get loads of attention. Subordinate to his sister, Ryan generally follows Sharpay’s orders and lets her have the spotlight, but he longs to break free from her shadow and assert himself. 

Kelsi Nielsen: 
Kelsi Nielsen, the neo-feminist writer- composer of the winter musical, Juliet and Romeo, possesses a shy demeanor but no tolerance for the egocentric likes of Sharpay. 

Chad Danforth: Chad Danforth, one of Troy’s best friends, is a sports fanatic. Focused on winning the basketball championship, Chad slowly begins to understand that there might be more to life than ball – including his crush on Taylor. 

Zeke Baylor: Zeke Baylor, Troy’s other best buddy, is a basketball player with a sweet side. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking! 

Taylor Mckessie: 
Taylor McKessie, the very put-together president of the Science Club, is super-assertive and very intent on Gabriella joining the Science Decathlon team so they can (finally!) win the competition. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, but would never let it be known that she’s into a jock.

Ms. Darbus: Ms. Darbus is East High’s eccentric drama teacher. Passionate and disciplined, she never stops trying to enrich the lives of her students through the wonders of live theater. 


Coach Bolton: Coach Bolton, the stern basketball coach and Troy’s sometimes overbearing dad, lost the big game years ago and wants a second chance through his basketball-star son. 

Martha Cox: 
Martha Cox, a proud member of the Science Club, possesses a private passion for break dancing. 

Jack Scott, the school announcer with a larger-than-life personality, longs to be a D.J

Ms. Tenny/Moderator, East High’s chemistry teacher and moderator for the Science Decathlon


Drum Major: cheers on the Wildcats


ENSEMBLE:


Brainiacs: headed by Taylor McKessie, are the smartest girls and boys in school, including Martha Cox and the change-adverse Kratnoff.


Jocks and Cheerleaders: the East High athletes, including Troy, Chad, and Zeke. Both of these groups can be a mix of boys and girls.


Thespians: the drama lovers, including Kelsi, Sharpay, and Ryan, as well as the following auditionees: Cathy, who belts like Ethel Merman, Cyndra, the opera-lover, James, who can’t sing on pitch and Susan, the wannabe pop star.


Party Kids:  students in Troy and Gabriella’s karaoke flashback.


Rebels: including Troy and Gabriella, don’t stick to the status quo, unlike the various school cliques.