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PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDKatarina O’Mara, who portrays the school teacher and director of “High School Musical,” collects the cell phone of Troy Bolton, played by Marcus Moreef, as Aaron Diaz, playing Chad Danforth, watches during rehearsal March 3 at Springhouse Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDKatarina O’Mara, who portrays the school teacher and director of “High School Musical,” collects the cell phone of Troy Bolton, played by Marcus Moreef, as Aaron Diaz, playing Chad Danforth, watches during rehearsal March 3 at Springhouse Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Kaitlin McCloud, as Taylor McKessie, is very vocal about losing her phone and having detention in “High School Musical” to be performed March 8-10 at Springhouse Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Kaitlin McCloud, as Taylor McKessie, is very vocal about losing her phone and having detention in “High School Musical” to be performed March 8-10 at Springhouse Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Jared Sussman and Addison Treat, as Ryan and Sharpay Evans, practice their lines to get Troy Bolton to fall for Sharpay, not the new girl Gabriella Montez. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Jared Sussman and Addison Treat, as Ryan and Sharpay Evans, practice their lines to get Troy Bolton to fall for Sharpay, not the new girl Gabriella Montez. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDAila Becirovic; Laurel Bendett and Kailyn Pena rehearse a scene from “High School Musical” to be performed March 8-10 at Springhouse Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDAila Becirovic; Laurel Bendett and Kailyn Pena rehearse a scene from “High School Musical” to be performed March 8-10 at Springhouse Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Marcus Moreef as Troy Bolton, and Sophie Morgan as Gabriella Montez, (right) sing the music, Kelsi Nielsen, as played by Maddie Sharp, performs on the piano after helping her recover dropped music from the floor in the musical “High School Musical.” Copyright - Lou Wheeland Marcus Moreef as Troy Bolton, and Sophie Morgan as Gabriella Montez, (right) sing the music, Kelsi Nielsen, as played by Maddie Sharp, performs on the piano after helping her recover dropped music from the floor in the musical “High School Musical.” Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Hannah Fredrich, sound stage crew member, receives help from Stephanie Knowlton, assistant play director at Springhouse Middle School, during rehearsal March 3 for “High School Musical.” Copyright - Lou Wheeland Hannah Fredrich, sound stage crew member, receives help from Stephanie Knowlton, assistant play director at Springhouse Middle School, during rehearsal March 3 for “High School Musical.” Copyright - Lou Wheeland

‘High School Musical’ onstage at Springhouse

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

Springhouse Middle School thespians will perform “High School Musical” March 8-10.

This musical is about two high school juniors Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a shy transfer student, who try out for the lead roles in the school’s musical despite their classmates’ attempts to thwart their dreams of singing onstage at East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The musical is based on the original Disney Channel movie “High School Musical” written by Peter Barsocchini with music by David Lawrence.

Sophia Morgan commented on her character, Gabriella Montez, and the musical.

“My favorite part of the musical is making new friends and continuing my singing,” Morgan stated.

Aaron Diaz, who portrays Chad Danforth, and Kaitlin McCloud, who portrays Taylor McKessie, both commented on their roles.

“I like Danforth’s exaggerated character,” Diaz said.

He said his favorite part of being in the musical is being a part of a group and working for the entertainment of other people.

McCloud said her character is not really known, so she gets to play around with how she wants her to act without having too many boundaries.

“Definitely the people are my favorite part of being in this musical,” McCloud said. “I’ve met some of the coolest people I will ever meet just from being in the theater.

“There is never a moment when we’re not all laughing with each other and to me it’s so amazing.”

Addison Treat and Jared Sussman, who play twins Sharpay and Ryan Evans, also comment on their roles.

Treat said what she likes about her character Sharpay is her attitude.

“My favorite part of the participating in the musical is the dancing,” she stated.

Sussman said his favorite part of playing his character is showing Ryan’s personality.

“I enjoy being part of the ‘High School Musical’ family and working with incredibly talented cast and directors,” he said. “I learn something every day.”

This musical is being directed by Jessica Reitnauer and Stephanie Knowlton.

Choreography is by Stephanie Knowlton along with several student choreographers.

Music is by Emily Brand.

Students will perform “High School Musical” at 7 p.m. March 8, 9 and 10; and 2 p.m. March 10 in the middle school auditorium.

Tickets for the all performances will be available for $5 at the door.