Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat
Updated: Apr 19, 2018
After 5+ months, my time as a Wildcat has finally come to an end, but in the words of Troy Bolton “Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat,” right? So here is what my experience as a Wildcat has been these past few months. The anticipation going into High School Musical was unlike any other show at MoonAmie because this was the story that my generation grew up with, dreaming about what high school life would be like in the years far ahead of us. For some of us, the movie was even our first experience watching any musical, filled with exciting dance numbers and a perfectly dramatic storyline, sprinkled with the most iconic lines. Having the opportunity to bring this story to life was one of the most surreal experiences of my life, and I think the same goes for the rest of the cast.
What made my time with High School Musical even more special was the people I was with. I strongly believe that this cast is the best group of people to ever tell this story because we had something very valuable to offer the storytelling: our own experiences. High School Musical is without a doubt one of the most relatable shows produced by MoonAmie because we are at the same point in our lives as the characters. We are high school students, juggling our classes with what we love to do while also thinking about the people we love, whether thats our family or our significant others. We know these characters’ stories because we’ve lived them and thats what has made the way we’ve told the story of High School Musical so significant, because it’s real. What’s also real is the love that every single member of our cast has for each other. MoonAmie is not only a conservatory, but a family, and that is made clear with this cast. Because we have all spent countless days with each other for almost half of an entire year we have created indescribably strong bonds with each other. We all know every detail about each other, everyones likes and dislikes; their favorite music, foods, colors, everything. That has also brought our storytelling of High School Musical to a whole new level, because not only do we know the lines, the choreography, or the music, but we know each other, and we know that whether we’re in the black box rehearsing, or up on stage performing, “We’re All in this Together”.
The cherry on top is, of course, how we were able to tell the story: with a genius vision and direction to guide us, the most mind-blowing dance moves to show off, and the fiercest vocals imaginable (not to mention the insanely talented rock band to accompany us). High School Musical featured the most dance numbers that MoonAmie has ever had in a single musical and every single dance move, without fail, made audiences’ jaws drop. My personal favorite dance number is when the cast of High School Musical went out into the audience during “Breaking Free,” dancing in the aisles as our band had music, and energy, bouncing off the walls, while spotlights lit up the stunning Olympia Theater. Throughout all of these scenes, the entire cast was decked out in the cutest fashion trends of 2018 - because even though the High School Musical movie featured classic 2000s fashion, MoonAmie’s take on the story set it in modern times, only 10 years later. On that note, MoonAmie’s set portrayed East High School as one of the coolest (and most purple) high schools I have ever seen in my life! To top it all off, the iconic scenes we’re beautifully reimagined to tell the story in an original way, while still maintaining what audiences know and love from the movie.
At this point in time it has only been 72 hours since MoonAmie’s High School Musical closed, and I, along with the rest of the cast, have absolutely no idea what to do with ourselves now that we don’t have rehearsal and have gone more than two days without seeing each other! So now that High School Musical is over, I think it’s time we start counting down the days until MoonAmie’s next show:
t-minus 8 days until auditions for Hunchback of Notre Dame...
Question of the Post: What is your favorite scene from High School Musical?