Children First: A Real High School Musical

Students at Clarkdale High School, and a few administrators and teachers, have been working on "High School Musical" for about two months.

It's such a big endeavor that the performances will be at Meridian Community College, which can accommodate the technical demands.

The cast is huge: sixty students, two principals and one teacher.

"We had our auditions on Sept. 10. We had six judges come and the children had to audition before them," said chorus teacher and play director Beverly Bozeman. "They had to sing, dance and read some of the script for them. And they selected the cast and then we started our practices shortly after that."

Students say they're are excited. Tory Fant and Mac Hamburg appear in the play and helped with the choreography.

"I'm a high school cheerleader so I took a lot of what I learned in the cheer gym and applied it to the play, so it wasn't that hard," said Fant.

"The first time I saw it, I was like, that's pretty neat," said Hamburg, who plays Troy. "You know, you think it's weird being a whatever, a singer, whatever. But you know once you get into it and see how good the show is you can tell why it was so growing."

"I feel like we have a really good cast," said Lauren Rogers, who portrays Gabriella. "Like, every main character relates to the real character so, so good."

"It's kind of a privilege you know to be up on stage and have the little kids come up to you and be like, oh you're so and so off High School Musical and stuff. It makes you so happy to know that they're getting such enjoyment from it," said Clint Davis who plays Ryan.

"Everybody says that I'm just like Sharpay and I'm really not," said Marisa Potate. "It makes me feel really bad, because Sharpay's so mean. But you know, it's fun playing that kind of part."

Bozeman is appreciative of the choreographic assistance of Shannon Fields at the beginning of rehearsals.

Tickets for "High School Musical" are available for only $5.00 at Clarkdale School and Totally Sweet. It will be presented to the public Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at MCC's McCain Theatre, and again on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

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