Just a few years ago Shelby Allen couldn't wait for the release of "High School Musical" and its sequels.
Imagine her excitement when she was cast as one of the lead roles in her school's stage production of the film.
"I love the music," the Hilton Head Christian Academy senior said. "I love all the characters. And I just think it's a lot of fun to be doing a show that is contemporary."
Shelby and about 50 other HHCA students will present "High School Musical 2 ON STAGE!" from Thursday to Saturday at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Shelby will play the part of Sharpay.
Senior Lilli Serral will play Gabriella. She said she has also been a big fan of the "High School Musical" movies, but she thinks anyone would enjoy the school's production.
"I like that it's open to a lot of different audiences," Lilli said. "It's really fun and light."
The woman behind the production is Rhonda Stones, the school's English and writing teacher and drama department director. But she gives a lot of the credit to others who have helped make the show happen.
She said senior Mary Katherine Vilcheck did all the choreography. The school's middle and upper school head of music James Berry will direct the live music. Science teacher Dick Sanders and art teacher LouAnne Barrett built and designed the sets. Parents Gail Mooney and Beth Woods put together the costumes.
"It's an exciting fast-paced, clean, G-rated show that basically is for all ages because the morals and the theme in it are incredible," Stones said. "It's just got some good lessons to be learned."
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