Disney's High School Musical 2 (One-Act Version)
The summertime sequel to the smash hit Disney Channel musical is simply "fabulous." (One-Act Version)
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Full Synopsis

It is the last day of school, and the East High gang is eager for summer to start ("What Time Is It?"). Chad tells Troy and the Wildcats that they have to practice shooting hoops this summer, and, if they do, he is confident that they will win back-to-back championships. Zeke agrees but is concerned about finding a summer job. It turns out that everyone is in the same predicament; Troy's dad cannot afford to send him to college without a scholarship, and Chad needs to save for a car so he can take Taylor out on a real date.

Since their star turn in Juliet and Romeo, Troy and Gabriella have been going strong. He gives her a necklace with a "T" on it and tells her that, if they don't get jobs, they will at least spend more time together; Sharpay is not pleased. Soon after, Troy's phone rings with a job offer! During that phone call, Troy manages to secure job offers for all of his friends, too, and they all celebrate ("What Time Is It – Reprise")!

At the Lava Springs Country Club – coincidently owned by the Evans family – Sharpay revels in her summer queendom, surrounded by the club staff and her adoring fangirls, who are known as the Sharpettes ("Fabulous"). The celebration is cut short when the entire Wildcats gang shows up for duty. A displeased Sharpay confronts Mr. Fulton, the assistant club manager, but he informs her that he cannot fire Troy's friends without legal cause. Still, he reluctantly agrees to make their jobs more difficult than usual. Fulton assigns group jobs, starting with cleaning up the kitchen. The group is discouraged, but Troy assures them that, if they work as a team, they can do anything ("Work This Out").

Later, on the golf course, Sharpay and Ryan spy Gabriella and Troy having a picnic lunch. Jealous and frustrated, she ruins Troy and Gabriella's romantic time with a call to Fulton, who turns on the sprinkles and soaks Troy and Gabriella. In the dining room, Kelsi plays a song during her break that she wrote for Troy and Gabriella, and everyone joins in ("You Are the Music in Me"). Everyone agrees that they should sing the song in the talent show. They are interrupted by Fulton telling Troy and Chad that they have been hired to caddy.

Back on the golf course, Sharpay and Ryan discuss rehearsal for their talent show act – Sharpay is determined to win the Star Dazzle Award. Troy and Chad then arrive; they have been hired by Sharpay to caddy for her. As she and Ryan play, Sharpay puts the moves on Troy. She tells him that her father thinks they should sing together in the talent show, pointing out that The Alumni Committee comes to the talent show every year to award the biggest scholarships to well-rounded and talented scholars. Troy passes on her offer but, in spite of this, Sharpay's father promotes him to junior golf pro. Sharpay helps him get suited up for the job ("Fabulous – Troy's Transformation"). After his makeover, Troy agrees to sing with Sharpay.

Elsewhere, Kelsi helps Ryan, Sharpay and the Sharpettes prepare their talent show number, a Hawaiian-themed song and dance number ("Humuhumunukunukupua'a"). Ryan and Sharpay continue to butt heads about who is in charge, though. Martha, Taylor and Gabriella wait for Troy, who is late to dinner with Gabriella. When he finally shows up, he admits that he forgot. Sharpay then reveals that he already promised to sing with her. Troy's friends are shocked, despite his best efforts to explain the scholarship situation. Later, Sharpay and Troy change their song choice, and Ryan is furious!

Kelsi now leads Sharpay, Troy and the Sharpettes in a glitzy version of her own song ("You Are the Music in Me – Rock Version"). When Troy presses Kelsi on her reasons for allowing Sharpay to change the music, she admits that Sharpay's dad had agreed to produce Kelsi's new musical.

Later that week, Gabriella finds Troy on the basketball court; he has broken another promise to her. He insists that he is only doing it for the scholarship, but she replies that he should earn the scholarship, not be handed it for singing with Sharpay. It is then revealed that Sharpay's dad has secured Troy the opportunity to practice with a college basketball team. With Troy gone, the Wildcats are missing their team leader for the staff baseball game, but Gabriella recruits a new ninth man: Ryan. The dubious Chad challenges Ryan, who not only gets Chad to dance but helps the Wildcats win the game ("I Don't Dance"). Now part of the team, Ryan teaches the gang a new number for the talent show ("Every Day – Rehearsal"). Sharpay, feeling her Star Dazzle Award under siege, directs Fulton to yank the employees from the talent show.

Gabriella, fed up with Sharpay's antics, confronts her ("Fabulous – Reprise"). Sharpay easily shrugs it off, accusing Gabriella of jealousy that Sharpay is singing with Troy, which leads Gabriella to confront Troy also. Unable to recognize who he has become, she breaks off their relationship ("Gotta Go My Own Way"). Meanwhile, on the basketball court, the voices of Troy's friends echo in his head as he realizes his mistakes ("Bet on It"). First, he takes back his job as a waiter, which means he cannot sing with Sharpay since she had the staff pulled. When she tries to get Ryan to sing with her, he refuses to help, much to her dismay. A desperate Sharpay calls Fulton and tells him to let the staff perform. As she scarfs down a plate of cookies, Troy makes up with his team. When Sharpay discovers the cookies are from Zeke, she identifies the mistakes she has made by alienating everyone. She arranges for Gabriella to come back and sing with Troy and for Ryan to do his number with the Wildcats; the combination of the two musical numbers makes for a show-stopping performance ("Every Day"). Ryan finally wins the Star Dazzle Award and, now reconciled, the entire company celebrates the summer ("All for One").

Casting

Casting

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

Character Breakdown

Troy Bolton
Good-looking teen dreamboat, star of the basketball team and school icon; loves to sing with GABRIELLA; obsessed with getting a summer job and nailing a full basketball scholarship; gets a job at the country club due to SHARPAY's secret plot to steal him away from Gabriella.
Chad Danforth
Hot-wired jock, second in command to TROY; trying to save money to buy a car so he can take TAYLOR out to the drive-in movies; gets a job at the country club, but gets all the dirty jobs, while Troy is treated like royalty; sibling rivalry steams up between Troy and him.
Zeke Baylor
Basketball jock who loves to cook top-notch cuisine; has a crush on SHARPAY, who dumps him in the first scene; gets a job assisting the chef at the country club; vows to win back Sharpay by sending her pastries at the country club.
Jack Scott
The techno nerd school announcer; awkward and gawky when not making the announcements, but as soon as he gets behind a microphone, he turns into "The Velvet Fog of East High"; has a crush on KELSI; gets hired to make bland announcements at the country club, but is closely monitored by Fulton.
Gabriella Montez
The new girl in school; pretty, shy, and possesses a fantastic voice when she sings with TROY; she is also the smartest girl in the Southwest; gets a job as a lifeguard at the country club and expects to have the best summer of her life with her new friends; in for a rude awakening as SHARPAY tries to steal Troy away from her.
Taylor Mckessie
TAYLOR MCKESSIE: head brainiac of the school, she is the president of the Science Club; Chad's girlfriend; gets hired as Fulton's assistant, and tries to warn Gabby and Chad about Sharpay's plans to get Troy over to the dark side.
Martha Cox
Member of the Science Club; fun-loving side-kicky personality; loves hip-hop dancing; becomes adoring devotee of GABRIELLA; one of the gang; hired to cut onions at the country club.
Kelsi Nielsen
Diminutive musical genius; wants to write the great American musical for TROY and GABRIELLA; gets hired to play the Barry Manilow songbook during meals at the country club; gets sucked into SHARPAY's plans against her will.
Sharpay Evans
Beautiful and egocentric star of the school musicals; RYAN's older twin, she is the alpha dog of the two, and has a mad crush on TROY; she never met a mirror she didn't like; looking forward to a summer by the pool at her dad's country club, and to stealing Troy away from GABRIELLA; she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Ryan Evans
SHARPAY's fraternal twin, he is a star in the making; loves singing, dancing and lots of attention; follows Sharpay's orders, but wants to break free from her shadow; he and Sharpay have a falling out, and he joins the Wildcats to try and beat his sister for the Star Dazzle Award.
Sharpettes
Ramona, Marilee and Chelsea - The "Sharpettes" - three SHARPAY-wannabes; teen socialites who provide both social and musical back-up to Sharpay.
Mr. Fulton
The henpecked hatchet man for SHARPAY; Assistant Manager at the country club, dreams of being the General Manager someday; a meticulous control freak who is never without his stopwatch and boatswain's whistle; actually a nice guy underneath the authoritarian surface; hates having to cater to Sharpay's demands, but he has a mortgage to pay.
Coach Bolton
Stern basketball coach and TROY's dad; proud of his championship team, and urges them to stick together this summer; sees his son being led down the wrong path by his old rival, MR. EVANS. Double as MR. EVANS.
Mr. Evans
SHARPAY and RYAN's dad; super rich mogul, owns the country club; slick, handsome, gets what he wants; played ball with TROY's dad years ago when they were in high school; over-achiever who spoils his daughter and ignores his son; favorite books are The Art of War and Play the Game. Doubles as COACH BOLTON.
Full Song List
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Prologue
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: What Time Is It
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: What Time Is It (Reprise)
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Fabulous
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Work This Out
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: You Are the Music in Me
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Fabulous (Troy's Transformation)
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: You Are the Music in Me (Rock Version)
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: I Don't Dance
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Fabulous (Sharpay's Triumph)
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Gotta Go My Own Way
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Bet On It
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Every Day
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: All for One (Finale)
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: Megamix (Bows)
Disney's High School Musical 2 - One Act Edition: You Are the Music in Me (Exit Music)

Show History

Inspiration

Disney's High School Musical 2 is a stage adaptation of the Disney film of the same name, a direct sequel to Disney's 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.

Productions

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.

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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You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
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Disney
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2
On Stage!
 
Book by
DAVID SIMPATICO
 
Songs by
Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil
David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg
Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn
Jamie Houston, Bryan Louiselle
Andy Dodd and Adam Watts
Antonina Armato and Tim James
 
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by
Bryan Louiselle
 
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by
Peter Barsocchini

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