Pioneer Theatre Guild to present “High School Musical” in November

The cast photographed left to right are: Bottom row: Francisco Fiori (Ryan), Mia Galbraith (Sharpay), Seth Dyer (Troy), Greer Taylor (Gabriella), Ella Manning (Martha). Top row: Dana Steiner (Kelsi), Sam Dupree (Jack), Maya Krugman (Mrs. Darbus), Monty Granderson (Zeke), Luke Rademacher (Chad), Sanomi Croos-Dabrera (Taylor).

Calling all Wildcats of the past and present! Get ready for a blast from the past with Pioneer Theatre Guild’s take on “High School Musical,” the beloved and energetic 2006 Disney Channel Original movie starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. This musical is guaranteed to bring back the original awe and excitement of watching the movie for the first time, with some original twists included. 

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. (matinee)
  • Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov.  11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday,  Nov. 12, 2:00 p.m. (matinee)
    All performances are in Pioneer High School’s Schreiber Auditorium.

The story takes place in a school where the separation of the different cliques is the law, and everyone sticks to the status quo. In the midst of this situation are star-crossed lovers Troy Bolton, the most popular jock in school who’s got his head in the game, and Gabriella Montez, the new girl at school who is a shy bookworm living in the opposite clique as Troy. However, the status quo starts to shatter when Troy and Gabriella realize they have killer vocals and think begin to think about auditioning for the Winter Musical, disrupting all peace and order in the school. They also have fierce competition with twins Sharpay and Ryan Evans, the school thespians who are willing to do whatever it takes to beat out Troy and Gabriella for the lead roles.

Other memorable characters include Chad Danforth, Troy’s best friend who’s mind is always on the court; Taylor McKessie, the teacher’s pet who is always looking for some extra credit; Kelsi Nielsen, the shy and dorky pianist who single-handedly created the Winter Musical; Ms. Darbus, the kooky and eccentric drama teacher with repressed Broadway dreams who lives her life as if she were always on stage; Coach Bolton, Troy’s dad who’s always pressuring him to stick to being the basketball superstar; and Jack Scott, a new character who is a total nerd in the hallways but a smooth-as-butter school announcer over the P.A. system.

Filled with obstacles, humor, romance, and jazz squares, this musical has a valuable lesson for not being afraid to do what you love despite what society might think, and how following your heart is always the best policy above everything else. But what might stand out the most from this show is the music. The score is jam-packed with iconic all-star songs that most likely played non-stop on your iPod, including “Start of Something New,” “What I’ve Been Looking For,” “Get your Head in the Game,” “Bop to the Top,” “Breaking Free,” and the empowering anthem “We’re All in This Together.”

Tickets are $10 for students, seniors 65 and older, and PHS staff; and $15 for all other adults.

Reserved seating tickets will be available in advance at,  beginning on Monday, October 16. General admission tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before each performance.

The crew includes:

Director: Ben Ahlers

Assistant Director: Justin Showell

Music Director: Joe Serafini

Assistant Music Director: Cole Abod

Choreographer: Carina-Kay Louchiey

Assistant choreographer: Megumi Nakamura

Conductor: R. Mackenzie Lewis

The music was adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.

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