The New High School Musical

Ania Szydlowski, Editor

Thirteen years after the original High School Musical movie, Disney+ has released a new TV show called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Instead of continuing the lives of the original cast of the movie, the show revolves around the current students of East High as the new theatre teacher puts on the production of High School Musical. Even though the show does not include the original cast, HSM fans love the friendly environment that the show brings as the characters create bonds and become a tight knit family. Many people like the idea of it being a show since it will last a while as opposed to a movie that you finish in a couple of hours. 

“I’ve watched most of the series and initially I didn’t expect to enjoy it but the mockumentary style made it more engaging, and eventually I was invested into the plot to continue watching,” states Leah Ollie ‘21. 

Audrey Erickson ‘20 adds, “What makes the show so unique is that I really thought it would come from the perspective of students who attended East High and stay in the high school musical universe, but I really like that it took a more realistic side having it just be the school where it was filmed. It’s more realistic with how high school works in some aspects. I also like that there have been a lot of posts online about the actual school in Utah and the show gives a different depth to a real place. Overall, the show adds an interesting depth to a movie with a huge fan base and made it unlike the other sequels.”

Others are curious as to how the show will continue with more episodes after the production of the musical itself. This causes people to wonder if the show will be only one season or longer. Nyia Hawkins ‘20 notes, “I really want to watch High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. I think that it’s better as a series because I wouldn’t have really wanted to see a movie without the original people, but at the same time, I don’t know how long it’ll last as a show because once they put the ‘musical’ together what else will there be? I don’t know how it’ll work in the long run, but I think the Series is still better.” All in all, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a show that High School Musical fans seem to love and want to continue to watch as Disney+ adds on more episodes.