High School Musical
High School Musical

Directed By:

Kenny Ortega

Produced By:

Don Schain

Written By:

Peter Barsocchini

Music By:

David Nessim Lawrence

Release Date:

January 20, 2006

Next Film:

High School Musical 2

High School Musical is the first film in the High School Musical series. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, it became the most successful film that Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) ever produced. The plot follows two high school juniors from two rival cliques, Troy, captain of the basketball team and Gabriella, a transfer student who excels in math and science. Together they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school.


On New Year's Eve, juniors Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez meet at a party while both teens are at a ski lodge during winter break. At the party, the two are called upon to sing karaoke together ("Start of Something New"). They seem to be attracted to each other, and exchange numbers before going their separate ways.

After Christmas break, Troy sees Gabriella in his homeroom, and she explains that she just moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico and transferred to East High School over break. Troy shows Gabriella around the school, and they pause in front of the sign-up sheet for the winter musical auditions. Drama Club president Sharpay Evans arrives, assuming that Gabriella is interested in auditioning. Wanting to eliminate competition, Sharpay investigates the new girl and has the scholastic decathlon captain, Taylor McKessie, find out about Gabriella's past academic achievements, resulting with Taylor and Gabriella becoming great friends.

During basketball practice, Troy has trouble focusing because his thoughts are on Gabriella and the idea that he might enjoy singing more ("Get'cha Head in the Game"). Gabriella and Troy both go to the musical auditions where Sharpay and her twin brother Ryan perform ("What I've Been Looking For") but both are too shy to audition. When Gabriella finally gains the confidence to step forward, Troy offers to sing with her, but Ms. Darbus tells them that they are too late. After Ms. Darbus attempts to leave, Kelsi Nielsen, the musical's composer, trips and drops her things. Troy and Gabriella rush to help her, and they sing together as Kelsi plays the piano ("What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"). Ms. Darbus overhears them and gives them a call-back audition.

When the call-back list is posted, Sharpay discovers that she has competition for the lead in the musical, and the rest of the Wildcats are shocked that Troy and Gabriella have auditioned for a musical. Other students confess their own secret passions and talents ("Stick to the Status Quo"), alarming both Taylor and Troy's best friend Chad Danforth. Since Gabriella has agreed to join the scholastic decathlon team, both Taylor and Chad want their teammates to focus on their upcoming competitions rather than the musical. Troy is tricked into saying that Gabriella is not important whilst she watches through a wi-fi link that the scholastic decathlon team has set up. Gabriella goes into depression ("When There Was Me and You") and decides not to audition for the musical. Troy is left confused as to why Gabriella did not want to audition anymore. Realising their mistake, Chad and the basketball team tell Troy what happened and offer to support him in the call-backs. Troy goes to Gabriella's house and they reconcile.

After overhearing Gabriella and Troy practicing, Sharpay has Ms. Darbus change the call-back time to coincide with both the basketball championship and the scholastic decathlon to interfere with Gabriella and Troy's participation. Kelsi overhears the conversation and the basketball team and the decathlon team work together to come up with a plan. On the day of the competitions, Taylor and Gabriella use the school's computers to delay the championship and the decathlon. Troy and Gabriella rush to the auditorium, and Sharpay and Ryan finish performing their song ("Bop to the Top"), confident that their plan worked. After Gabriella and Troy audition ("Breaking Free"). Ms. Darbus gives the two the lead roles, making Sharpay and Ryan understudies. Troy and Gabriella both win their respective competitions, and the entire school gathers in the gym to celebrate ("We're All in This Together").



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High School Musical

Films: High School Musical | High School Musical 2 | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Characters: Troy Bolton | Gabriella Montez | Sharpay Evans | Ryan Evans | Chad Danforth | Taylor McKessie

High School Musical Songs: Start of Something New | Get'cha Head in the Game | What I've Been Looking For | What I've Been Looking For (Reprise) | Stick to the Status Quo | When There Was Me and You | Bop to the Top | Breaking Free | We're All in This Together

High School Musical 2 Songs: What Time Is It? | Fabulous | Work This Out | You Are the Music in Me | I Don't Dance | You are the Music in Me (Sharpay Version) | Gotta Go My Own Way | Bet On It | Everyday | All For One

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Songs: Now or Never | Right Here, Right Now | I Want It All | Can I Have This Dance? | Just Wanna Be With You | The Boys Are Back | Walk Away | Scream | A Night to Remember | Can I Have This Dance? (Reprise) | Senior Spring Musical | We're All in This Together (Graduation Version) | High School Musical

Music: High School Musical: The Soundtrack | High School Musical 2: The Soundtrack | High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The Soundtrack | High School Musical: The Concert | High School Musical on Stage!

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