Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” at John Glenn Middle School ~ Performances March 31 ~ April 2

March 26, 2022
Cast photo, Disney’s High School Musical, Jr ~ Courtesy image (c) 2022 all rights reserved

A school musical about a high school musical? If you’ve ever experienced one – from the inside or the outside – it actually makes a lot of sense.

John Glenn Middle School’s 2022 production of Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” is scheduled to unfold on the school’s auditorium stage Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 plus fees, available through  https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/61339. The Friday night performance will also be available via livestream,  https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/61659.

The story follows the students of East High as they balance classes and extracurricular activities while navigating the highs and lows of friends, family, and love.

The performance is filled with familiar songs from the movie of the same name, such as “Bop to the Top” and “We’re All in This Together,” along with energetic dancing from the entire cast.

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And it’s quite a cast – nearly 70 cast members as well as more than 25 working on the crew. Director Aidan Tatar, who teaches English at JGMS, said the response to the call for auditions was record-breaking. “It is a wonderful experience for our students to be back on stage and on crew to come together to create live theater,” the director said.

The actors are Dhara Kaushik, Emory Carroll, Emma Cohen, Joseph Choi, Taelor Nichols, Peter Simonini, Amelia Santos, Aiden Green, Sayontika Bhattacharya, Steven Sandler, Brooke D’Andrea, Gavin Derderian, Sahana Krishnan, Maggie Chessman, and Nayan Karthikeyan.

Bruanna Touseul is dance captain. Featured dancers and “megamix soloists” are Bela Revesz, Mahiuta Susarla, Jasmine Antriasian, Teresa Silver, and Sahana Krishnan.

There are several featured groups, familiar categories in high-school culture. The “jocks” are Sanders Bertos, Ashwin Budhathoki, Sylvie Denny-Brown, Madeline Fredrick, Madeline McInnis,  Lauren Perales, Isaac Poulter, Steven Sandler, Farah Semy, and Ariana Sesanga.

The “cheerleaders” are Asalie Brosgol, Zivah Chessman, Rylee Gilmartin, Isabel Gittins, Hazel Humble, Ellen Lally, Sofie Olsen, Maybelline Rivera, Emma Tate, Morgan Tate, Maytav Toledano, Bruanna Touseul, and Claire Udell.

The “brainiacs” are Willow Ackerman, Abby Bourret, Maggie Chessman, Mia Falco, Kieran Heid, Nayan Karthikeyan, Sahanna Krishnan, Lyric McCarthy, Amelie Crowley Moore, Hannah Sandler, and Hanna Suzuki.

The “thespians” are Jasmine Antriasian, Aislyn Kelly, Zoe Lin, Taylor Lykins, Julian Muelhoefer, Aria Pillai, Bela Revesz, Teresa Silver, Mahita Susarla, and Marcy Venuti. The “party kids/rebels” are Reena Bao, Quinn Cormie, Nola Jensen, Avery Malenchini, Hannah Malenchini, Mary McDonald, Morgan Messinger, Shakiem Miller, Felicia Pellegrino, and Chloe Wood.

Derek Galante is stage manager; stage hands are Nick Chow, Matthew Stevens, Gabe Favalora, Michelle Chen, and Malcolm Castiglione.

Nox Southard serves as lighting manager and Lauren Kociubes is lighting apprentice. Ariane Sweetland and Ryan Urma will be handling the spotlights. Daniel Nappi is sound manager, with Joe Galante as sound apprentice. Katie Chiu is handling sound cues.

Maya Arsenault is handling costumes. Prop managers are Johanna Kim and Analiese Randazzo. Working on set design are Madelyn Lembo, Sophia Hovnanian, Corinna Dogan-West, Verna Bowlan, Mary Bujalski, Mckenna Wilson, and Alexander Wright.

Julie Curtis and Jayden Mael are handling hair and makeup. Serving as ushers will be Destiny Young, Julio Cornejo, Luucien Ackerly, and Gregory Sedran

Working with Tatar as music directors are Lauren Hart, the middle school music teacher and orchestra leader, and Natan Wythe, the music teacher at Lane School.

Choreographers for the show are Jennifer Buckley and Stephanie Busa. Costume designers are Audrey Gould and Emily Martin, and Benjamin Kline is lighting director.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763

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