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Kayleigh Padar

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Over the past few months, students have prepared to perform High School Musical one and two. This past weekend, they performed both shows for the student body.

“This show will get you on your feet. It’s something we all know. Especially our generation, we grew up with this stuff. It’s not like your regular musical that you see at school,” junior Clare Oneil said.

The movie influenced the play immensely, with many lines frrom the film directly repeated in the show. Although there are a few additions, the original movie soundtrack is used as well. “Some of the words are a little different, but it was so slight that it was really easy to change,” sophomore Carmen Beidleman said.

Most shows students perform here are lesser known, however this show is one that most people in the audience can recognize. “It’s so nostalgic. It reminds you of your childhood,” junior Mackenzie Greene said.

This makes acting in the show a different experience. “Last year, I was in Pippin and no one knew. It was such a strange and weird show. In this one, I try to be the most out of the box because everyone does know it and I want to make it different,” junior Olivia Cano said.

The acting isn’t the only thing that is different for students participating. Knowing most of the songs since childhood also changed the process. “It was easier to remember the words of the songs. But, but we are all used to the melody, so it’s harder to memorize the notes of the songs,” senior Lorelei Junkel said.

Before acting in the show, many students had favorite songs and scenes from the movie, but throughout creation process favorites changed and evolved. “I liked Breaking Free because it was really fun to be with everyone because it’s a moment on stage where we all come together and it’s fun to sing together,” ONeil said.

Favorite characters also evolved to have new meanings for students, for example, lesser known characters became more important to students. “My favorite character is Zeke. He is so innocent and unaware of a lot of stuff. And he likes baking, I love baking and food. He can sing, he can dance, and he can bake. Like, okay Zeke. Hit me up,” sophomore Jenefer Joby said.

Some favorites remained consistent. “My favorite character is Gabrielle because she’s the new girl who takes the school by storm,” Junkel said.

Although participants in the play enjoyed the content of the show, some believed the best part wasn’t singing old favorites, but rather spending time with friends on set. “Being on stage with people that you like and being able to interact with them in crazy ways is the best part. It’s better than just seeing someone in the hallway and saying hello,” Beidleman said.

Some found the audience involvement to be the most enjoyable in the show. “I love the audience. Their reactions. We performed for the elementary school kids, seeing them laughing and having fun was the best part. Being with each other is great too,” sophomore Anna Slania said.

“I think it’s cool taking the show that we all know and looked up to the characters when we were little and now seeing the show played out by people that we know,” Greene said.

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