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John Jay Middle School’s Drama Club presents Disney’s High School Musical at the John Jay Middle School Theater on March 16 - 18 at 7:00 p.m. There is also a matinee performance on Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at school during the lunch shifts and at the door thirty minutes prior to show time.
The production, directed by David Fritsch and co-produced by Marcia Daley-Savo and Jacquelyn Stroffolino, includes a cast, crew and pit orchestra of sixty-five students, as well as four professional musicians. Kirk Ehrenreich returns as the musical director for the show and Melissa Brady worked with a host of parent volunteers and students to paint and decorate the sets.
Disney’s High School Musical is the timeless story of friendship, first love, and acceptance. With colorful costumes, energetic dance moves and thirteen songs, the show is fun for the whole family.
It opens on the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. When they audition for the school’s winter musical, many students resent the threat posed to the status quo. But Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
“Disney’s High School Musical was huge when it came out in 2006, then it was nerdy, now it’s cool to like it again,” said Director David Fritsch. “It’s catchy. Students love it—the characters are about their age. It’s fun.”