Disney's High School Musical 2
The summertime sequel to the smash hit Disney Channel musical is simply "fabulous."
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Full Synopsis

Act One

It's the last day of junior year, and the East High gang can't wait to get the summer started. They anxiously watch the clock tick towards 3:00 PM, as they think about all the things they want this summer: summer jobs, money for college and, most of all, to have fun ("Countdown / What Time Is It"). Things have been smooth sailing for Troy and Gabriella since their star turn in Juliet & Romeo, but Sharpay vows to win Troy's heart this summer... by any means necessary. Ryan tries to remind her that she is supposed to be the "new" Sharpay who loves everyone and is loved by everyone in return, but she can't help reverting to her old self. With all of the Wildcats desperate for cash, Troy gets a surprise phone call that work has arrived.

At the Lava Springs Country Club, which is owned by the Evans family, Sharpay revels in her summer kingdom, surrounded by the club staff and her adoring Sharpettes ("Fabulous"). The celebration is cut short when not only Troy, but the entire Wildcats gang, shows up for duty. Sharpay had been hoping to get Tory on his own this summer, but now she has Gabriella to contend with. Meanwhile, she tells Zeke that they should take a break from each other; in the summer, everything changes. Sharpay tries to get the assistant club manager, Mr. Fulton, to fire everyone, except for Troy. However, he insists that, once she's had them hired, he can't just fire them; this is a place of business. She reminds him that her father has told him to do whatever she wants this summer, and he agrees – begrudgingly – to make life difficult for the Wildcats.

Mr. Fulton assigns the East High gang a series of tough jobs, starting with cleaning up the kitchen. When everyone is dejected that this summer is going to be much less fun than Troy promised, he reminds them that they're all in this together and, together, they can do anything ("Work This Out"). Troy and Gabriella sneak off for a romantic, private lunch on the golf course ("Picnic"). Sharpay spies on them and interrupts their fun by having Mr. Fulton turn the sprinklers on them. She is determined to get Troy.

In the dining room, Kelsi plays a song that she wrote for Troy and Gabriella to sing in the upcoming talent show ("You Are the Music in Me"). When the rest of the Wildcats join in, they decide to go for it and present the number in the show; as long as they're all in it together, they might even win the Star Dazzle Award.

Meanwhile, Sharpay arranges for Troy and Chad to caddy for her and Ryan. When they are out on the course, Sharpay mentions that her father is the head of the scholarship committee at the local college. She intimates that, if Troy sings with her in the talent show, he'll have a better shot at the scholarship. He declines because he's already singing with Gabriella, but Chad can tell that he is also thinking about the scholarship.

In the golf pro lounge, Fulton informs Troy that he's been promoted to junior golf pro, which comes with honorary membership status and an extreme makeover ("Fabulous – Reprise"). Sharpay once again tries to convince Troy that singing with her means getting a scholarship, and he reluctantly promises to sing with both her and Gabriella. Ryan chastises Sharpay for thinking only of herself, but she dismisses him. While Gabriella and her friends wait for Troy to show up for rehearsal – he's late again, and he missed dinner with Gabriella – Sharpay and Ryan rehearse their number with the Sharpettes ("Humuhumunukunukuapua'a"). Sharpay is off-key, but she blames everyone around her. When Troy finally shows up, Sharpay demands that he sing with her now.

Sharpay bribes Kelsi into letting Sharpay and Troy perform the song that Kelsi wrote for Troy and Gabriella. Sharpay says that, if Kelsi does this, Mr. Evans will produce her next musical. Ryan can't believe he – and their number – are being ousted for Troy. Gabriella and the gang can't believe Troy sold them out. Everyone breaks into a big fight, with Troy unable to control the chaos around him ("Act One Finale").

Act Two

During the second week at Lava Springs, Troy rehearses Kelsi's revamped song with Sharpay and the Sharpettes ("You Are The Music in Me – Rock Version"). Later, Gabriella finds Troy on the basketball court. He is getting ready to go practice with the University of Albuquerque basketball team. Gabriella confronts him about breaking all of his promises lately, and he finally apologizes. When Chad and Zeke show up and learn that Troy is going to practice with the Redhawks without them, they get very upset. The boys leave as Ryan enters. He and Gabriella have a heart-to-heart about the way Sharpay has treated him. Gabriella invites him to join them in the staff baseball game since they are short a player now that Troy has blown them off.

At the game, Chad is dubious of dancer, Ryan's, skills and allegiance. However, Ryan not only gets Chad to dance, but helps the Wildcats win the game ("I Don't Dance"). Troy shows up just in time to see his friends celebrating without him. Mr. Fulton gives Troy an encouraging, if baffling, pep talk. Now officially part of the team, Ryan teaches the gang a new number for the talent show ("Every Day – Rehearsal"). Sharpay is furious at him for competing against her and vows revenge. Ryan tries to warn Troy about Sharpay, but Troy rudely cuts him off.

Sharpay, feeling her Star Dazzle Award is under siege, directs Fulton to yank the employees from the talent show. Reluctantly, Fulton does. Sharpay basks in the glory of her power ("Fabulous – Sharpay's Triumph"). This is the last straw for Gabriella, though, who confronts Sharpay, quits her job and breaks up with Troy ("Gotta Go My Own Way"). Gutted, Troy goes out to the basketball court and tries to make sense of what is happening to his life ("Bet on It").

The talent show starts with a variety of stage acts. Backstage, Troy decides to set things straight. He gets his old job back from Fulton and tells Sharpay that, as an employee, he can't sing with her, apologizing to the Wildcats. Sharpay throws a tantrum and tries to fire Mr. Fulton, who finally stands up to her and tells her to pull it together. Mr. Fulton allows the employees to sing in the talent show.

Troy goes to see Sharpay, who is eating a plate full of delicious cookies that were mysteriously left in her dressing room. He tells her that he will sing with her now that the employees are allowed to sing, too. He wants to start keeping his promises. Sharpay finds out that the cookies are from Zeke and realizes she has been foolishly chasing after Troy when her guy was right in front of her. Sharpay gets Mr. Fulton and announcer boy, Jack Scott, to stall the show while she makes a few phone calls.

When Troy goes on stage to sing, Gabriella walks out. Sharpay has arranged the switch. Gabriella forgives him on stage as they sing. They bring Ryan and the rest of the Wildcats up on stage for the big number ("Every Day"). It's a success and Ryan wins the Star Dazzle Award. Now reconciled, the entire company celebrates the summer ("All for One").

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Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Troy Bolton
An attractive teen dreamboat. Star and captain of the basketball team, he loves to sing with Gabriella. Determined to pick up a summer job and college basketball scholarship. Easily realizes the error of his ways. A true good-guy.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Chad Danforth
Troy's best friend. Basketball star, and second-in-command. Saving money to buy a car so he can take Taylor on a date. A total dude.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Zeke Baylor
A loyal friend of Troy's. Loves baking and Sharpay, even though she dumps him. Secures a job assisting the chef at the country club and vows to win back Sharpay.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Jack Scott
The high school P.A. announcer known as the "Velvet Fog of East High." A technology nerd. Socially awkward when not behind the microphone. Has a crush on Kelsi.
Gender: male
Age: 14 to 18
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Gabriella Montez
The smart new girl in school and Troy's girlfriend. Pretty. Shy. Sweet. Friendly with everyone. Not afraid to stand up for herself and her friends.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Taylor Mckessie
Gabriella's best friend and Chad's girlfriend. She is also the head brainiac of the school and president Science Club. Sweet, loyal, and cautious.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Martha Cox
A bookworm and a hip-hop dancer. Member of the Science Club. The fun-loving "sidekick" who becomes an adoring devotee of Gabriella.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Kelsi Nielsen
A shy composer. Plays piano in the Lava Springs dining room. The diminutive musical genius who wants to write the great American musical for Troy and Gabriella.
Gender: female
Age: 14 to 17
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Sharpay Evans
President of the Drama Club. Chief debutante of Lava Springs. Beautiful, egocentric star of the school musicals. The alpha dog in her relationship with her brother, Ryan.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Ryan Evans
Vice-president of the Drama Club. Sharpay's fraternal twin and a star in the making. Loves singing, dancing and attention. Follows Sharpay's orders, but wants to break free from her shadow. A nice, non-threatening guy when he's not with his sister.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Other Wildcats; Pool Boys; Makeover Artists; Talent Show Contestants; The Sharpettes (Blossom, Violet, Peaches)
Mr. Fulton
General manager of Lava Springs Country Club. Sharpay's henpecked hatchet man. A nice guy underneath the authoritarian surface. Hates having to cater to Sharpay's demands.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 60
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Full Song List
Disney's High School Musical 2: Prologue/Countdown
Disney's High School Musical 2: What Time Is It
Disney's High School Musical 2: What Time Is It (Reprise)
Disney's High School Musical 2: Fabulous
Disney's High School Musical 2: Work This Out
Disney's High School Musical 2: You Are the Music in Me
Disney's High School Musical 2: Fabulous (Troy's Transformation)
Disney's High School Musical 2: Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
Disney's High School Musical 2: Act One Finale
Disney's High School Musical 2: You Are the Music in Me (Rock Version)
Disney's High School Musical 2: I Don't Dance
Disney's High School Musical 2: Fabulous (Sharpay's Triumph)
Disney's High School Musical 2: Gotta Go My Own Way
Disney's High School Musical 2: Bet On It
Disney's High School Musical 2: Every Day
Disney's High School Musical 2: All for One (Finale)
Disney's High School Musical 2: Megamix (Bows)

Show History


High School Musical 2 is a stage adaptation of the Disney film of the same name, a direct sequel to High School Musical.  Bringing together the same cast and creative team from the first film, the action went outside the school to summer vacation at the local country club.  The premiere was seen by over 17.2 million viewers on the Disney Channel, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel movie of all time.

High School Musical collaborators, David Simpatico (Book) and Bryan Louiselle (Music Adaptation), reunited to bring another Kenny Ortega film to the stage.  Like their previous adaptation, they used the vast majority of plot from the original film, although they wrote some material to include the characters of Jack Scott (created in the first musical) and the "Sharpettes," back-up singers to Sharpay.  The stage version also includes the song "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a," which has been recorded and filmed in the original film but was cut in its original showing.


Disney Theatrical originally recruited seven high schools to serve as guinea pigs for their newest stage adaptation, High School Musical 2.  But, due to multiple changes to the script and score throughout the process, only two schools survived through the program.  Woodlands High School premiered the musical on May 18, 2008, while the Harrell Theatre in Tennessee was the first community theatre to perform it only a couple of months later on July 17.  After the rights were officially licensed in the fall, High School Musical 2 began to be performed around the country, including its West Coast premiere at Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts on January 15, 2009.  Other noteworthy venues include Atlanta's Theater of the Stars and North Shore Music Theatre.  The StageDaze Theatre Company also gave the musical its international premiere in the UK on April 6, 2009.

Cultural Influence

  • Like its theatrical predecessor, High School Musical 2 has spawned multiple versions for licensing.  Disney Theatrical created both a one-act version for middle school students (removing several songs and shortening the material to 70 minutes) and a junior version for elementary school and younger middle school students.

Critical Reaction

"Everything it ought to be... extremely well executed and actually a lot of fun. ...All things fabulous."
– The Stage

"Satisfactory production values... and energy"
– Variety




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