Irydian Jimenez, Reporter
Just a few weeks ago, High school Musical celebrated their 10th year anniversary with a gathering of the original cast that went live on Disney Channel!
The cast of the original High School Musical movie to the Third High School Musical movie remained the same, starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman. The first High School Musical movie was released in January 20, 2006, with 7.7 million views. Disney channel then released a second movie, High School Musical 2, which quickly became the most watched movie on T.V with 17.3 million views. And lastly, High School Musical 3 was released October 24, 2008 with 4 million views.
The original high School Musical movie is based on a love story about a nerdy, new girl named Gabriella Montez and a popular, attractive, basketball boy named Troy Bolton. They first meet at a New Year's Eve party, where they both karaoke together. They both attend East High School where they later audition for the upcoming school musical. Throughout the movie, they both struggle to rehearse for the spring musical and at the same time have to deal with their other clubs obligations, the basketball team and the academic decathlon. “My favorite part is when Troy and Gabriella recognize each other at school on Gabrielas first day” says Jazmin Hernandez, junior at Samueli Academy.
High School Musical 2, the second movie of the series, is based on the school year ending at East High School, and summer vacation finally arriving! Troy decides to get a summer Job, when Sharpay hears about this, she decides it is a good idea to hire him to work for her family's country club. In order for Troy to work for the country club, he convinces them to hire Gabriella and his close friends. The movie plot is about their adventures over the summer and having to deal with Sharpay's drama. “ I liked the part where Sharpay is jealous of Gabriela.” explains Leslie lagunas, freshmen at Samueli Academy. Throughout both movies, Sharpay plays the evil role. Many times, she attempts to get Troy and Gabriella to break up so that she can keep Troy.
In High School Musical three, is where things begin to get very emotional. It is their senior year, where they all begin to plan for college, graduation, and prom. The movie stars Gabriella and Troy take under consideration the risk of their relationship ending when going into college. “My favorite part of the third movie is the part when they were talking about graduation and they all get emotional.” Says Liliana Ortiz, Junior at Samueli Academy.
On Tuesday March 1 2016, Disney Channel announced that they will be having a nationwide casting in look for a new High School musical cast for the fourth movie. "It embodies all that we stand for. As a way of continuing to embrace that heritage, we're excited to announce 'the start of something new' as we launch a search for a new class of East High Wildcats to star in a fourth installment of the 'High School Musical' franchise,” announces President of Disney Chanel, Gary Marsh.The fourth movie is rumored to be about East High School and their rival school West High School Knights. A quote by Gary Marsh, president of disney channel, was published on a website, wikia.com, that says, "I’m excited to be part of a franchise that, thematically, encourages kids to believe in themselves. Like the first three movies, my goal is to keep the art form of the traditional musical alive, yet bring a contemporary emotional response to the story and its characters through song and dance."
High School musical 4 is supposed to be a reminder to teenagers to follow their dreams. “ I think that it's important for movies to have positive message, and especially for someone to point it out”, explains Ivanery Jimenez. Positive messages have a great impact on the amount of people that watch the movie. I remember when I was younger, and even still today, I was the biggest fan of High School Musical, owed all their merchandise, movies, and CD’s. When the first movie was released I was suffering from the worst ear infection, and although I was in a lot of pain and wasn't able to hear through one ear, I was able to hold the pain, just to watch the releasing of the movie on Disney Channel.
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