It’s a High School Musical
Eagle Valley High School takes pride in the fact that cliques don’t rule the school.
But that’s not the case this week.
This week, the EVHS drama department is staging “Disney’s High School Musical.” That’s right — the Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical will come to life in a real life school auditorium this Thursday through Saturday. Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High will deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities.
For those not familiar with the “High School Musical” story – it goes like this. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
The show is based on the book by David Simpatico. Songs are by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil and Ray Cham and Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley and Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn and Andy Dodd and Adam Watts and Bryan Louiselle and David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston. The music was adapted, arranged and produced by Bryan Louiselle. The original movie was written by Peter Barsocchini.
Crazy, big cast
As is always the case with EVHS productions, this show is perfect for the entire family. And pretty much every audience member will know at least one kid in the cast because it’s such a large group. The upbeat music will get you tapping your feet and wishing you were back in high school.
“This year’s production is going to be a fun, high energy performance for all ages to enjoy,” said director Cathy Strickler.
It’s also been one of the most challenging for Strickler and her assistants, as they’ve had to direct and coach 41 cast members with choreography and vocals. Even though the work has been tough, it’s still been a fun experience for everyone involved.
“It’s been so rewarding to watch the music come together with all of the choreography,” said Strickler.
Since the production involves so many students, nights practicing have been particularly long, yet smiles abound among the students and adults involved.
“It’s a privilege and honor for me to work alongside each and every cast member,” said Strickler. “I hope everyone enjoys the show.”
Long hours in rehearsal
Drama student are excited to stage this production. They’ve been working hard to make it an entertaining, amazing show for the community.
“We’ve got a generally young cast learning the ropes this year and it’s been really fun to see them all grow,” said veteran Jessica Long, who plays Gabrielle. Long and co-lead Matt Genelin are both seniors and are experiencing that bittersweet feeling of this being their last EVHS production. They both said the long nights of rehearsals are worth it.
“There have been some crazy late nights, but this has been such a cool experience, being able to relive the movie and actually play the one and only Troy Bolton,” said Genelin.
Genelin and Long both plan to use their acting skills at the college level. And both say that the show represents childhoods that everyone can relate to.
“It’s a show full of real life situations and insanely big and fun dance numbers,” said Long.
Genelin agreed. “I am so excited to show the community the show that rings true for every high schooler,” he said.