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Disney's High School Musical On Stage!

Book By: David Simpatico
Songs by: Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray Cham, Greg Cham, Andrew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by: Bryan Louiselle. Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by: Peter Barsocchini


On the front steps of East High, it’s the first day after winter break. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year. In Ms. Darbus’s homeroom, basketball team captain Troy discovers that Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. When he calls her, the eccentric drama teacher quickly confiscates all cell phones and assigns detention.

Between classes, Gabriella and Troy look at the audition sign-up for the school musical, but the drama diva Sharpay discourages them. At basketball practice, Troy tries to shake his desire to sing at the urging of his best friend Chad. Taylor, the science club president, discovers Gabriella’s intelligence and encourages her to join the upcoming science decathlon. While the students learn how to “act” at detention, Troy’s dad, Coach Bolton, faces off with Ms. Darbus – his star players can’t miss practice for Friday’s championship game!

The next day, hopeful Thespians strut their stuff for Ms. Darbus but they’re no match for Sharpay and her twin brother Ryan. Troy and Gabriella arrive too late to audition, but Kelsi, the show's composer, plays the song her way and encourages them to sing. Ms. Darbus overhears and gives them a callback.

News spreads fast. Sharpay is furious, and some students try to break out of their cliques during lunch. Troy and Gabriella escape to the rooftop garden and share a little bit about their real selves. The Jocks and Brainiacs devise a plan to trick Troy and Gabriella into forgetting about the musical and committing to their respective competitions.

Thinking each one has betrayed the other, Gabriella and Troy are crushed. Against Ryan’s advice, Sharpay convinces Ms. Darbus to move the callbacks to conflict with the science decathlon and championship game. Chad and Taylor put their heads together to make things right again. While the Jocks and Brainiacs compete, Sharpay and Ryan pull off a polished callback performance. When Taylor’s laptop shuts down the electricity, Troy and Gabriella rush to the theatre, but are too late. However, when the East High students arrive to rally behind them, Ms. Darbus relents, and they sing their way into the lead roles.

Back at the gym, the Wildcats win the game and the whole school comes together as winners.

Scenes and Settings

Act 1

Act 2

Musical Numbers

Act One

  1. Wildcat Cheer Company
  2. Start of Something New Troy Gabriella, Company
  3. Get'cha Head in the Game Troy, Jocks
  4. Auditions Thespians
  5. What l've Been Looking For Sharpay, Ryan
  6. What I've Been Looking For (Reprise) Troy, Gabriella
  7. Cellular Fusion Chad, Taylor, Company
  8. Stick to the Status Quo Company

Act Two

  1. I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Troy, Gabriella
  2. Wildcat Cheer (Reprise) Cheerleaders
  3. We're Counting on You Jocks, Brainiacs
    When There Was Me and You Gabriella, Troy (plus Jocks/Brainiacs)
  4. Start of Something New Troy Gabriella
  5. We're All in This Together Chad, Taylor, Kelsi, Jocks, Brainiacs
  6. Bop to the Top Sharpay, Ryan, Brainiacs, Jocks
    Breaking Free Troy, Gabriella, Company
  7. We're All in This Together (Reprise) Company
  8. High School Musical Megamix Company


Drums; Electric Bass; Guitar 1 (Acoustic and Electric); Guitar 2 (Acoustic and Electric); Keyboard 1/Conductor ; Keyboard 2 ; Marching Band: Brass (OPTIONAL) ; Marching Band: Drum Corps (OPTIONAL) ; Percussion Quint Toms, Bongos, Bell Tree, Mark Tree, Suspended Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Tambourine, Triangle, Cowbell, Congas, Tam-tam, Tenor Drums, 2 Woodblocks, Carnivale Shaker, Doumbel, Egg Shaker, Small Egg Shaker Larger Shaker Chocalho Caixa


The Characters and Cliques of East High School (the Sophomores, anyway)


Other Jocks



Performance Art Kids


Other Brainiacs


Other Skater Dudes

Other Students; Wildcat Cheerleaders; Party Kids, guests in ski-lodge flashback; Fans/Spectators at the basketball championship game and the Science Decathlon