College cast all in for new musical

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College will be presenting Disney’s High School Musical for its annual production, from July 19 to 21.
The show will be a little different to last year’s award winning performance of Blood Brothers, according to director Bron Kalos.
She said the musical has a cast of 60 students from years 7 to 12 and will be a bit more light-hearted, with plenty of singing and dancing.
Originally a Disney movie released in 2006, High School Musical features Troy Bolton, star athlete at a small town high school and nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez, who meet at a holiday karaoke party.
When they return to school, Troy and Gabriella audition for the upcoming school musical, all the while jealous Sharpay Evans and her twin brother Ryan conspire squashing their chances.
Troy and Gabriella struggle to make it to auditions while also meeting their existing obligations to the basketball team and the academic decathlon.
“The main characters of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez are being played by Jordan Thomas and Marlee Alba,” Ms Kalos said.
“The show has lots of big production numbers that involve the whole cast. It is a big job, but it is more enjoyable because the students are involved on the stage more often.”
One of the Year 11 students involved in the production is a cheerleader and is helping Ms Kalos with the choreography.
“We also have a whole team of basketballers, who wouldn’t normally be involved in the school production, come on board for some of the sporty numbers,” Ms Kalos said.
The show will appeal to a wide audience.
“It will be a show for the whole family to enjoy,” Ms Kalos said.
Students are currently rehearsing for the production every day at lunchtime and on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school.
“The cast is also giving up six days of their upcoming school holidays to rehearse,” Ms Kalos said.
Meg Steenholdt is the design coordinator of the show and has a big job ahead of her, pulling together around 180 costumes.
The show will be performed at the refurbished Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

Sporty side: above, Jordan Thomas, centre, will play the lead role of star athlete Troy Bolton in Mary MacKillop College’s production of High School Musical, which will be staged at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from July 19 to 21.

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