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Character Breakdown

Script/Score

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Troy Bolton

Troy Bolton, the most popular kid at East High, is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what people want him to be. Troy discovers he loves to sing, but is afraid to admit it to his friends. We are looking for a solid young actor who can convey the full range of emotions and character traits Troy Bolton embodies: athletic, independent, sometimes shy, smitten with Gabriella, a true leader. Troy should be a strong male singer and able to sing from his heart in a naïve yet convincing manner. He should also be able to move like a natural athlete while dancing and singing.

Chad Danforth

Chad Danforth is a hot-wired jock, second in command to Troy. He is 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. We are looking for an actor that partners naturally with Troy, is a leader in his own accord, and can handle Chad’s couple of solos and large number of acting scenes.

Zeke Baylor

Zeke Baylor is a basketball player on the Wildcats Team. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking! Zeke and Chad are the most prominent of Troy’s friends, so look for an actor that can work with them while being able to stand out in his own spotlight, especially when he reveals his secrets! Zeke has solos, so our actor must sing as well as act.

Sharpay Evans

Sharpay Evans is the egocentric star of the school musicals. She is Ryan’s older twin (and the alpha dog of the two) and has a mad crush on Troy. Sharpay has never met a mirror she didn’t like. We are looking for someone who can portray a diva and has solid acting chops and strong singing and dancing skills. Sharpay knows how to work a crowd. She is in a good number of scenes, so cast an actress that can handle this sizable role.

Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans is Sharpay’s fraternal twin and a star in the making. This character loves singing, dancing and lots of attention. He follows Sharpay’s orders, but wants to break free from her shadow. We are looking for a “triple threat”: strong singer, dancer and actor. Everything Ryan does is calculated and executed impeccably.

Gabriella Montez

Gabriella Montez is the new girl in school. Gabriella is intelligent, pretty (“girl next door” type) and shy. She possesses a fantastic voice when she sings with Troy. We are looking for a girl that can take positive risks with both her acting and singing. She must be able to portray her intelligence and independence and then easily switch over to her shy and vulnerable side.

Taylor Mckessie

Taylor McKessie, the head Brainiac of the school, is the president of the Science Club. She wants Gabriella to join the Science Decathlon team so they can finally win the competition. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, which might be why she is always making fun of him. We are casting a girl that can portray Taylor’s assertiveness as well as sing a solid solo.

Jack Scott

Jack Scott is the nerdy school announcer who trips over his own feet. We are casting a student who will make this role his own and can portray a “gift of gab” radio voice. Jack can be quirky in all aspects: looks, dress and comportment. Most importantly, we are looking for a character actor with superior diction and good comic timing.

Kelsi Nielsen

Kelsi Nielsen is a thespian rehearsal pianist and student composer extraordinaire. Underneath her shy demeanor, Kelsi has no tolerance for people (read: Sharpay) who use their talent only to be number one. We are casting an actor who can play the underdog but has the intelligence and ability to shoot the “zingers” at Sharpay with timing and accuracy. She must be coached to look like a pianist as she continually accompanies onstage. Kelsi has a small solo in “We’re All in This Together,” but it is secondary to her acting importance.

Ms. Darbus

Ms. Darbus is the eccentric drama teacher. She is an amusing blend of Gertrude Stein and Ethel Merman. Passionate and disciplined, she is always trying to expose students to the enrichment and fun of theatre. We are casting an actress who knows how to milk every word, phrase and gesture for this role. She must make her eccentricities appear second nature. Ms. Darbus’s acting skills and timing should be topnotch; her singing voice is secondary as she has no solos. Ms. Darbus exudes wacky, yet it doesn’t detract from her true love of theatre and her students.

Coach Bolton

Coach Bolton is the stern basketball coach and Troy’s dad. He lost the big game years ago and wants a second chance through his son. We are casting a student that can handle the demands of acting older than almost everyone else in the show.

Ensemble

The Ensemble makes up all the other characters who populate East High School: Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians, Skater Dudes, Cheerleaders, Ms. Tenny, Science Decathlon Moderator, etc., with a few featured solo parts. The ensemble is present throughout the show and provides the vocal power for the group numbers. These roles vary in size and in vocal, acting and dance requirements, so we are casting performers with a wide range of abilities.

Other Wildcat Students:

Cheerleaders, Jocks, Nerds, Thespians, Brainiacs, Performance Arts Kids, Skater Dudes