Disney's High School Musical JR.
We're all in this together in Disney Channel's smash hit musical phenomenon featuring the students of East High.
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Full Synopsis

The Cheerleaders of East High School spiritedly welcome the students back from winter break ("Wildcat Cheer"). Gabriella Montez, a new student, tells Taylor McKessie about her ski trip; Gabriella flashes back to the New Year’s Eve karaoke contest where she met Troy Bolton and they sang a duet together ("Start of Something New"). Troy tells Chad Danforth that he made a New Year’s resolution to ask Gabriella out.

That morning the students – including Drama Club president Sharpay Evans and her brother Ryan Evans – gather in homeroom, where Ms. Darbus announces the auditions for Juliet and Romeo, the winter musical written by student Kelsi Nielsen. When Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Troy, Chad, and Taylor use cellphones in class, Ms. Darbus sentences them to detention later that day. In the hallway after homeroom, Troy and Gabriella are shocked to discover they now attend the same school.

At basketball practice, Coach Bolton runs drills with the Jocks ("Get’cha Head in the Game"), but Troy’s mind strays to his duet with Gabriella. That afternoon, Gabriella demonstrates her intelligence in Ms. Tenny's chemistry class and Taylor tries to convince her to join the Science Decathlon team. Meanwhile, Sharpay and Ryan hatch a plan to trick Gabriella into joining the team to keep her from auditioning for the musical and threatening their stardom. Later, at Ms. Darbus’s detention, Coach Bolton bursts in, trying to find out why his players aren’t at practice, and finds the students doing acting exercises.

The theater is buzzing the next afternoon as Thesepians, including James, Susan, Cathy, and Cyndra audition for the musical ("Auditions"). Sharpay and Ryan audition for the lead roles with a creative take on a song Kelsi wrote for the musical ("What I’ve Been Looking For"). Troy and Gabriella arrive too late to audition, but Kelsi encourages them to sing her song as written, and the two of them perform as Ms. Darbus listens from the back of the auditorium ("What I’ve Been Looking For – Reprise"); she agrees to give them a callback.

The next morning, Sharpay is furious to see Troy and Gabriella on the callback list. In the cafeteria, members of the various Cliques are alternately inspired and dismayed at Troy’s transcendence of his clique ("Stick to the Status Quo"); Zeke Baylor reveals to the Jocks that he likes to bake, and Marth Cox tells the Brainiacs that hip-hop is her passion – much to Kratnoff's dismay.

Escaping the chaos, Gabriella and Troy share their fears and reminisce about how simple things used to be. Meanwhile, the Jocks and Brainiacs devise a plan to get Troy and Gabriella to focus on basketball and the Science Decathlon, and Sharpay hatches her own plan to take them out of the running for the musical: She will convince Ms. Darbus that Troy is trying to sabotage auditions as revenge for putting him in detention.

Later that afternoon, the Brainiacs try to convince Gabriella to concentrate on the Science Decathlon while the Jocks remind Troy to keep his head in the game ("Counting on You"). They put their plan into action by tricking Troy into saying that Gabriella and the musical don’t mean anything to him while secretly broadcasting this proclamation to Gabriella.

The next day, Troy apologizes to Gabriella, and they decide to participate in the callbacks after all. Their plan is complicated when Jack Scott, the school announcer, proclaims that the time of the callbacks has changed. Sharpay had succeeded in convincing Ms. Darbus to change the time of the callbacks to conflict with the Science Decathlon and championship game. Troy and Gabriella both say that they will support their teams, but the Jocks and Brainiacs feel guilty and devise a new plan to help them make it to callbacks ("We’re All in This Together").

The following day, all three events unfold at the same time ("Bop to the Top"): Sharpay and Ryan perform their callback while Troy plays in the championship game and Gabriella competes in the Science Decathlon, led by the Moderator. Taylor hacks into the school’s electrical system and shuts down the lights in the gym and lab to give Troy and Gabriella a chance to run to their callback. But when they arrive at the auditorium, they’re too late.

However, when the East High students arrive to rally behind them, Ms. Darbus relents. Sharpay protests, but Ryan reveals her lie to Ms. Darbus. Troy and Gabriella perform their callback ("Breaking Free") and get the parts. Troy and Gabriella return to their other competitions, and both teams win! The barriers between the cliques have fallen, and all of the students come together to celebrate ("We’re All in This Together – Reprise, High School Musical Megamix – Bows").

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Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Gabriella Montez

Gabriella Montez is the new student who’s struggling to find her place at East High. She’s a Renaissance woman who doesn’t fully identify with any of the cliques, and so she’s taking her time – and realizing her confidence – along the way. Smart and independent, Gabriella can be shy and vulnerable at times. She comes into her own when she discovers her talent and love for singing with Troy, so look for a strong actor with a fantastic voice.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Troy Bolton

Troy Bolton, the most popular student at East High, is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what others – especially his dad, Coach Bolton – want him to be. A natural athlete and leader with charm to spare, Troy discovers he loves to sing, but is afraid to admit it to his basketball buddies. Look for a solid actor who can convey the full range of Troy’s emotions from sensitive to self-assured, and who can dance and sing very well. Consider auditioning your potential Troys and Gabriellas together to get a sense of the pair’s dynamic.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Eb2
Sharpay Evans

Sharpay Evans is the dramatic and self- centered star of the school musicals. Between her and Ryan, she’s the alpha twin – over-the-top, demanding, and always “on,” with a flair for the theatrical. This diva knows how to work a crowd, so cast a performer with solid acting chops and strong singing and dancing skills.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans is Sharpay’s fraternal twin and, like her, he lives to sing, dance, and get loads of attention. Subordinate to his sister, Ryan generally follows Sharpay’s orders and lets her have the spotlight, but he longs to break free from her shadow and assert himself. Choose a “triple threat” for this actor – strong singer, dancer, and actor – because everything Ryan does is calculated and executed impeccably. Consider auditioning Ryan and Sharpay in pairs as the success of “Bop to the Top” depends on this dynamic duo performing perfectly – and with a ton of energy.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: A3
Vocal range bottom: G2
Kelsi Nielsen

Kelsi Nielsen, the neo-feminist writer- composer of the winter musical, Juliet and Romeo, possesses a shy demeanor but no tolerance for the egocentric likes of Sharpay. With only one lyric to sing, focus on finding a strong actor who can play the compassionate underdog with intelligence and an uncanny ability to shoot zingers at Sharpay with timing and accuracy.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D4
Chad Danforth

Chad Danforth, one of Troy’s best friends, is a sports fanatic. Focused on winning the basketball championship, Chad slowly begins to understand that there might be more to life than ball – including his crush on Taylor. Look for an actor that partners naturally with Troy, is a leader of his own accord, and can handle a couple of short solos and acting scenes.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G3
Vocal range bottom: B2
Zeke Baylor

Zeke Baylor, Troy’s other best buddy, is a basketball player with a sweet side. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking! Look for an actor with some singing chops who can portray this Wildcat with no shame in his (basketball or baking) game. Zeke has some higher parts to sing, so if necessary, the actor you cast can speak-sing parts that may be out of his natural range.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G#3
Vocal range bottom: G2
Taylor Mckessie

Taylor McKessie, the very put-together president of the Science Club, is super-assertive and very intent on Gabriella joining the Science Decathlon team so they can (finally!) win the competition. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, but would never let it be known that she’s into a jock, so cast a performer who can portray confidence – and just a slight air of pretentiousness.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: A3
Vocal range bottom: A2
Ms. Darbus

Ms. Darbus is East High’s eccentric drama teacher. Passionate and disciplined, she never stops trying to enrich the lives of her students through the wonders of live theater. Look for a performer who knows how to milk every line and gesture for this role, as the key to Darbus is in her killer comic timing. Be careful of making her too wacky, though; this educator genuinely loves her art and her students, so make sure her heart shines through.

Gender: female
Coach Bolton

Coach Bolton, the stern basketball coach and Troy’s sometimes overbearing dad, lost the big game years ago and wants a second chance through his basketball-star son. Cast an actor who can handle the demands of this mature role – and who can convincingly and comically spar with Ms. Darbus.

Gender: male
Martha Cox

Martha Cox, a proud member of the Science Club, possesses a private passion for break dancing. Look for a truly terrific dancer who can sing, or one who can comically approach the role as a super-enthusiastic, but talentless, dancer.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: G3

The ensemble is your show’s primary group of performers from which you will pull the featured roles and other, perhaps smaller, ensembles. Be sure to select strong singers – as few or as many as your production requires – as all ensembles require group singing. The featured roles call for either solo singing or solo acting, or both.

The BRAINIACS, headed by Taylor McKessie, are the smartest girls and boys in school, including Martha Cox and the change-adverse KRATNOFF.

The JOCKS and CHEERLEADERS are the East High athletes, including Troy, Chad, and Zeke. Both of these groups can be a mix of boys and girls.

The THESPIANS are the drama lovers, including Kelsi, Sharpay, and Ryan, as well as the following auditionees: CATHY, who belts like Ethel Merman, CYNDRA, the opera-lover, JAMES, who can’t sing on pitch and SUSAN, the wannabe pop star.

The PARTY KIDS are students in Troy and Gabriella’s karaoke flashback.

The REBELS, including Troy and Gabriella, don’t stick to the status quo, unlike the various school cliques.

Other featured performers include:

JACK SCOTT, the school announcer with a larger-than-life personality, longs to be a D.J. Look for an actor who will have no problem making this role his own, creating a quirky radio personality with a unique sense of style. While this actor will primarily stay as Jack throughout, there are opportunities to join ensemble numbers such as “Stick to the Status Quo” and “Get’cha Head in the Game.”

DRUM MAJOR, who cheers on the Wildcats.

MS. TENNY, East High’s chemistry teacher.

MODERATOR, for the Science Decathlon (can be double cast as Ms. Tenny)

Full Song List
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Wildcat Cheer
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Start of Something New
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Get'cha Head in the Game
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Auditions (Bop to the Top/What I've Been Looking For)
Disney's High School Musical JR.: What I've Been Looking For
Disney's High School Musical JR.: What I've Been Looking for (Reprise)
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Stick to the Status Quo
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Counting on You
Disney's High School Musical JR.: We're All in This Together
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Bop to the Top
Disney's High School Musical JR.: Breaking Free
Disney's High School Musical JR.: We're All in This Together (Reprise)
Disney's High School Musical JR.: High School Musical Megamix (Bows)


Curriculum Connection

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Informational Texts
  • Writing
  • Speaking & Listening
  • Language
  • Mathematics



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