High School Musical

Book By David Simpatico

Songs by Bryan Louiselle, Faye Greenberg, David N. Lawrence, Greg Cham, Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray Cham, Andrew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Adam Watts, Jamie Houston, Andy Dodd

Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini



Directed by Karla Wilhelm an Ginny Racette

July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 2017
8:00 p.m.




In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically gifted newcomer discover they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar.



Karla Wilhelm (Director) Karla began directing in high school at a tiny outdoor theatre in southern Illinois. Moving on with a musical theatre emphasis at Millikin, she took a hiatus from theatre until she had the opportunity to direct the All City District 186 production of Les Miserables at Springfield High School, followed by Real to Reel: Where Broadway Meets the Big Screen, and Cinderella. Then she and her team rocked the TIP stage with Grease in 2015, Footloose in 2014 and the Disney musical version of the movie Camp Rock in 2011, and had record-breaking attendance with Grease and Footloose.



Ginny Racette (Director) Ginny Racette (Director) has directed plays and musicals at Riverton High School for more than thirty years. Her last two shows at RHS were Footloose and Fiddler on the Roof.  Since retirement from teaching she has once again become involved in community theatre. She has co directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and recently assistant directed Crimes of the Heart at Springfield Theatre Centre.   She also returned to acting portraying the role of Ethel in  the STC production of On Golden Pond. Ginny is excited to be a part of the TIP family.



Auditions:  Please click here for a sample song to prepare.  Stay tuned for specific group time for vocals and readings.

9:00 am - 10:00 am:

Ages 13 & up will dance & sing  (Adult Roles, Coach Bolton & Ms Darbus, do not need to attend dance auditions)
We will teach the dance at 9am and then you will audition in groups of 10 in numeric order

10:00 a.m. Vocals Auditions begin. You can prepare a song to showcase your voice

1:00 p.m. Callbacks will be posted when vocals are completed
Be prepared to sing the HSM songs posted for auditions for callbacks.

Character Descriptions:

Cast Size: Flexible

Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Dance Requirements: Standard


Troy Bolton

The most popular kid at East High, he is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what people want him to be. Troy discovers his love for music but refuses to admit it. Athletic, attractive, and a true leader. He becomes smitten with Gabriella.

Gender: male , Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: B/ Vocal range bottom: B3


Chad Danforth

Troy's best friend. A star basketball player, part of the jocks, and second in command. Extremely focused on winning his school's basketball championship, but is slowly understanding that there might be more to this world, including his sparring crush on Taylor.

Gender: male, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: B5/ Vocal range bottom: A3


Zeke Baylor

A basketball player on the Wildcats Team. Energetic and charismatic. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking, which he is happy and relieved to eventually reveal.

Gender: male, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: G5/ Vocal range bottom: B3


Sharpay Evans

The egocentric diva star of the school musicals, she is Ryan's older twin and the alpha dog. She thinks being the musical star defines her and clutches the title like her life depends on it, no matter what the cost to others.

Gender: female, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: F5/Vocal range bottom: A3


Ryan Evans

Sharpay's fraternal twin and a self-delusional 'star in the making.' He typically feels the brunt of Sharpay's attacks and lives under her shadow. Although he possesses a diva exterior, he yearns to change.

Gender: male, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: B5/ Vocal range bottom: B3


Gabriella Montez

The new girl in school. She is trying to blend in and avoid 'labels' at her new school. Eventually becomes Troy's romantic counterpart. Pretty, shy, and smart.

Gender: female, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: E5/ Vocal range bottom: F3


Taylor Mckessie

The competitive head Brainiac of the school and President of the Science Club. She convinces Gabriella to join the Science Decathlon team. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, which she hides.

Gender: female, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: C5/ Vocal range bottom: G3


Jack Scott

The resident P.A. Announcer for the high school. He is shy and insecure in front of the rest of the kids, but smooth and confident at the mic. Known as the "Velvet Fog of East High."

Gender: male, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: G5/ Vocal range bottom: B3


Kelsi Nielsen

The drama club's rehearsal pianist and student composer extraordinaire who is having her musical produced at school. Underneath her shy demeanor, Kelsi is an outspoken firecracker.

Gender: female, Age: 14 to 18, Vocal range top: D5/ Vocal range bottom: A3


Ms. Darbus

The kooky, eccentric Drama Club teacher. She has her self-absored moments but is still devoted to her students and constantly encourages them. Passionate about the art of theatre.

Gender: female, Age: 35 to 55


Coach Bolton

The stern basketball coach and Troy's dad. He lost the big game years ago and wants his son to succeed where he failed. Blinded by his ambition for his son, he is still a good guy and proud father.

Gender: male, Age: 40 to 45



Jocks; Thespians; Skaters; Cheerleaders; Party Kids; Adults; Brainiacs; Spectators