That’s the million dollar question for East High students who are familiar with following a strict social order.
In Disney’s High School Musical, teenagers struggle to find out just who they really are while building relationships, exploring new interests and dealing with other’s expectations.
Besides the catchy show tunes, colorful costumes and typical high school dramas, anyone can relate to the production.
Young people learn they can achieve their goals by having faith in themselves, pursuing their passions and working together to support their friends and classmates.
“Students were surprised I considered doing this show because the movie version is rather juvenile,” said Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Musical Director Julie Neubauer.
“After reading the stage version, I found it much more appealing with more singing and speaking roles (than the movie)” Neubauer said.
“High School Musical,” the movie made its debut on the Disney Channel in January 2006.
Neubauer said the musical posed challenges to her 58-student cast. They’ve been practicing three hours a day this month.
“The score is actually more difficult than one first realizes. It was not written for average high school kids to sing,” she added. “There is lots of singing and dancing which requires practice, practice, practice.”
Neubauer said her students really stepped up to the challenge and those that see the show will be in for a “real treat.”
Troy Boltan Peter Schwartz
Chad Danforth Dillan Meyer
Zeke Baylor Alex Weicherding
Jason Shawn Bohnen
Others: Brady Sabatino, Chad Mathiowetz, Josh Kuebler, Nate Ziegler, Joe Berdan, Jon Sellner
Sharpay Evans Amy Surprenant
Ryan Evans Wyatt Smith
Jackie Sam Tauer
Susan Elizabeth Havemeier
Cathy Chelsi Kuebler
Ann Abby Krzmarzick
Cyndra Mikayla Mages
Performance art kids: Sarah Ludewig, Liz Seidl, Amanda Fischer, Sara Steffensmeier, Madeline Schmitz, Anna Surprenant, Marisa Moldan
Gabriella Montez Alish Soukup
Taylor McKessie Katie Sellner
Martha Cox Katelyn Berkner
Kratnoff Shawn Jirak
The Skater Dudes:
Ripper Alex Braun
Mongo Abby Krzmarzick
Others: Clay Schewe, Clint Haala, Abby Krzmarzick, Kelsey Sellner, Madeline Schmitz, Nic Heiderscheidt
Jack Scott Aaron Hirsch
Kelsi Neilson Emily Braun
Wildcat cheerleaders: Mandy Speckman, Becca Sellner, Heather Schumacher, Mikayla Mages, Allie Heiderscheidt, Cortnie Wahl, Sarah Ludwig, Anne Marie Berkner, Elizabeth Havemeier, Nevada Helget, Kahley Pelzel.
MS Darbus Natalie Hertling
Coach Bolton Nick Rubey
The cast of High School Musical
Fact BoxWhat:Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s presentation of Disney’s High School the Musical
When: Show times 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 28-29; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30
Where: The school auditorium.
Reserved seats are available by calling 794-4171.