Muny's High School Musical, with Harada, Bogardus and McGinnis, Begins June 23

News   Muny's High School Musical, with Harada, Bogardus and McGinnis, Begins June 23
The Disney hit High School Musical begins performances June 23 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.
Ann Harada
Ann Harada

Directed by Alan Muraoka, the musical will play the St. Louis venue through July 2.

The cast features Ann Harada as Ms. Darbus/Ms. Tenny, Stephen Bogardus as Coach Bolton/Karaoke MC, Colin Donnell as Troy Bolton, Christopher Spaulding as Chad Danforth, Justin Keyes as Zeke Baylor, Ryan Huber as Jason, Gretchen Bieber as Sharpay Evans, Brandon Bieber as Ryan Evans, David Morton as James, Sydney Morton as Susan, Jessie Kohut as Cathy, Ian Joseph as Alan, Lora Lee Gayer as Cyndra, Ted Ely, Ryan Huber and Anne Markt as the Performance Art Kids, Andrea Goss as Gabriella Montez, Tallia Brinson as Taylor McKessie, Angeline Holmes as Martha Cox, Max Kumangai as Kratnoff, Ted Ely as Ripper, Will Burton as Mongo, Megan McGinnis as Kelsi Nielson/Moderator and Etai BenShlomo as Jack Scott. Ashley Krupinski is the Dance Captain.

The ensemble comprises Will Burton, Ted Ely, Lora Lee Gayer, Kayla Hall, Angeline Holmes, Ryan Huber, Ian Joseph, Julie Kavanagh, Jessie Kohut, Ashley Krupinski, Max Kumangai, Anne Markt, David Morton, Sydney Morton, Tony Neidenbach, Frankie Paparone, Emily Knox Peterson, Michaeljon Slinger, Carlye Tamaren and Borris York.

High School Musical, based on the Disney TV film of the same name, centers on the unlikely friendship that evolves between the jock Troy and brainiac Gabriella at a karaoke contest. Little did the two know that she would be transferring to his school. The duo decide — against their friends' wishes and to the dismay of school stars (a drama queen and her twin brother) — to audition for the high school musical.

The creative team also includes choreographer Liza Gennaro, musical director Edward G. Robinson, scenic designer Steve Gilliam, sound designer Jason Krueger and lighting designer David Lander. Joseph Schulte is resident stage manager, Peter Hynds is production stage manager, and Zoë Chapin is assistant stage manager. Paul Blake produces for the Muny.

The summer at the Muny will also include productions of My Fair Lady (July 7-13), Miss Saigon (July 21-27), My One and Only (July 28-Aug. 3) and Fiddler on the Roof (Aug. 4-10).

The 90th season at the outdoor venue will also boast the musical revue 90 Years of Muny Magic. The production, according to the official Muny website, will take audiences "on a musical journey from grand opera and operettas to rock musicals." Performance dates are July 14-20.

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