It's not basketball season yet on the high school calendar, but take a ride into that arena in the historic Holy Trinity Middle School Auditorium when New Ulm Area Catholic Schools present Disney's High School Musical on stage, Nov. 11-14.
Described by the author and many critics as a modern version of "Romeo & Juliet," the story is about two high school juniors from rival cliques - basketball captain Troy Bolton (Peter Braegelmann) and Gabriella Montez (Peyton Lewis), an attractive, shy, transfer student who excels in math and science on the academic club.
The cliques want to separate the couple.
Gabriella (Peyton Lewis), left, performs a duet with Troy (Peter Braegelmann).
Sharpay (Maria Reising) sings and dances in front of East High School students.
Taylor (Val Lux), left, Sharpay (Maria Reising), middle, and Gabriella (Peyton Lewis), right.
When Drama Queen Sharpay Evans (Maria Reising) and her brother Ryan (Nick Wellmann), learn they auditioned for the roles they feel Sharpay and Ryan deserved, they are furious.
By the end of the musical, East High School students learn life lessons about being oneself, teamwork and following one's dreams.
The musical is filled with humor, music and dancing.
The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools are performing the most successful film that Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced, "High School Musical," will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11-13, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14 and 7 p.m. Nov. 14 if the Cathedral football team is playing Nov. 12.
The play will be performed in the historic Holy Trinity Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students preK-12
Braegelmann, who plays on the high school football team, said he found the musical challenging but thanks to lots of hard work since practice began Aug. 27, everyone's efforts paid off.
Braegelmann, who is considering attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities or Morris next fall, is also active in the Pep Band and Knowledge Bowl team.
"It's hard learning everything, but having been through that, you really put feeling into it. We've come a long way," Lewis said.
Musical director Anita Shikoski said choreographer Gary Sassenberg has taught students a lot about dancing.
"He gave us dance lessons and the history about them," Shikoski said.