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Our Shows : High School Musical Jnr.

The PumpHouse
24 October 2009 - 7 November 2009

CAST

Troy - Hamish Mouat
Gabriella - Siobhan Dixon
Sharpay - Lizzie Morris
Ryan - Marc Pritchard
Chad - Ben Seaton
Zeke - Tal Brink
Taylor - Frances Ash
Jack - Dale Smith
Kelsi - Hannah Burridge
Martha - Rachel Smith
Ms. Darbus - Lyndee Hurley
Coach Bolton - James Moore

Melanie Clarke, Aimee Coombes, Grace Jenkins, Alexander Marychurch, Kirsty Mckenzie, Brittany Page, Natasha Peddie, Bronte Pierson, Deon Pritchard, Tori Sellwood, Rebecca Smith, Mike Tilton

PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

Director - Tracey Andrews
Musical Director - Kerry Priestley
Choreographer - Rosie Sims
Production Manager - Andrew Comrie
Assistant Director - Maree Strange
Production Secretary – Helen Lawrence
Set Design - Tracey Andrews
Set Builders - Ernie Cayley, Allan Lewis, Scott Thomas, Roy Hatton
Properties Designer - Robyn Daniels
Stage Manager - Gavin Greenwood
Assistant Stage Manager - Helen Searancke
Stage Crew - Paul Davey, Wendy Peagram, Charlotte Wright, Darren Ludlam, Nathan Greenwood
Lighting Designer - Martin Searancke
Lighting Operator - Dion Anderson
Followspot Operators - Roy Davis, Rebecca O’hanlon, Renee Haani
Sound Designer - Steve Hurley
Sound Operator - Steve Hurley
Wardrobe Designer – Daphne Abbott
Wardrobe Team - Rosemary Wiggle, Lily Ferguson, Helen Searancke, Jodie Greenwood
Hair and Makeup - Ali Brill and Cut Above
Marketing Manager - Mark Betty
Programme - Helen Searancke, Martien Van Kuijk
Production Photograpy - John Ferguson
Front of House Manager - Helen Searancke

SYNOPSIS

While on their family vacations, high school jock and basketball star Troy and brainy Gabriella - two teens who are worlds apart - meet. During a karaoke contest (Start of Something New) they discover their love for singing, and an interest in each other. After vacation, Troy discovers that Gabriella is the new girl at East High. Still a bit inspired by their holiday vacation performance, Troy and Gabriella both decide to audition for the school musical.

Troy's best friend Chad and Gabriella's new friend Taylor discourage them from carrying out their plans. Troy comes to his senses and immerses himself back into basketball and the championship (Get'cha Head in the Game). Taylor does some online research and discovers Gabriella is a scholastic superstar and quickly recruits her for the decathalon competition.

Sharpay and Ryan - the ruling school play stars - are also gearing up for yet another starring role in the school musical, and they've made it very clear that everyone else better stay out of their way! Auditions begin and all the hopefuls try out for Ms. Darbus, East High's English and Drama teacher (What I've Been Looking For). Not knowing each other's plan, both Troy and Gabriella decide to secretly audition and sneak into the school theatre - but too late, the auditions have just ended.

Kelsi, the show's student composer feels sorry for them, and at Troy's request, plays the song for them to sing together (“What I’ve Been Looking For” Reprise). Ms. Darbus just happens to hear their performance and gives them a callback. Well Sharpay is furious! How dare they break the “rules” of East High! The whole school agrees and everyone chimes in during a lunch break (“Stick to the Status Quo”). As everyone is busy practicing for callbacks, Sharpay is plotting her revenge, the basketball team wants their star player back, and the scholastic team wants their new brainiac to help them win the decathalon. After Chad and Taylor’s plan to win their friends back seems to have worked, Gabriella is crushed that Troy would turn his back on her and their singing dreams (“When There Was Me and You”).

Eventually, Chad and Taylor feel terrible that they’ve manipulated their friends for their own selfish needs and confess to Troy and Gabriella – they put their heads together to help win the basketball game, the decathalon and hopefully get them over to the callbacks just in time. Sharpay and Ryan pull off a polished performance (“Bop to the Top”) and are a shoe-in for the starring roles. Once again, Troy and Gabriella arrive too late for their callback, due to Sharpay’s conniving plans and are out of the running. But the whole school rallies behind them and they pull off a fantastic performance (“Breaking Free”). Sharpay’s iciness melts away and the whole school comes together as winners (“We’re All in This Together”).

This one-act stage musical (18 scenes) runs about 70 minutes and is geared toward 16 - 18 y/o performers. It contains all of the songs from the Disney Channel musical plus one new number and a High School Musical Megamix.



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