Catch the bug: Disney’s ‘High School Musical Jr.’ at Divine Child is infectious fun

Photo courtesy of Kevin Briggs Students from the high school cast rehearse a scene for Divine Child High School's production of Disney's “High School Musical Jr.,” which runs June 28 to 30. For tickets or more information, go to divinechildhighschool.org.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Briggs
Students from the high school cast rehearse a scene for Divine Child High School’s production of Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.,” which runs June 28 to 30. For tickets or more information, go to divinechildhighschool.org.

 

Untitled-1For toe-tapping, infectious fun and singable songs, and two talented casts, head to the Divine Child High School Auditorium June 28 to 30 for Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.”

The show features a high school cast, which performs at 7:30 p.m. June 29 and 30, and an elementary and grade school cast which performs at 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 1 p.m. June 30 in the DCHS Auditorium, 1001 N. Silvery Lane, Dearborn.

The junior version, with a 60-minute run time, includes the characters audiences enjoyed in the full-length version. As the East High students balance classes and their extra curricular activities, love, friends and family make the mix even more interesting.

When school reconvenes after winter break, the student cliques – the jocks, brainiacs, thespians and skater dudes – fall back into their comfortable cliques. However, athletic Troy discovers that the new student, smart Gabriella, is the same girl he met on a skiing trip, with whom he sang karaoke.

When Troy and Gabriella pair up to audition for the school’s upcoming musical, breaking one of the school’s unwritten rules, other students might decide to think outside the box, and East High will never be the same.

The elementary and middle school cast includes Mia Duque as Gabriella Montez, Kurt Wilson as Troy Bolton, Kristen Collins as Sharpay Evans, Cass Dickey as Ryan Evans (in both casts), Zoe Acker as Taylor McKessie, Connor Godin as Chad Danforth, Riley Bekrijo as Coach Bolton, Jacqueline Bustamante as Ms. Darbus, Sophie Laszlo as Kelsi Nielsen, and Aidan Haas as Zeke Baylor.

The high school cast has Dickey reprising his role as Ryan, Bella Torres as Gabriella Montez, Diego Castillo as Troy Bolton, Allie Nold as Sharpay Evans, Sydney Porada as Taylor McKessie, Antonio Stone as Chad Danforth, Sydney Schropshire as Coach Bolton, Jewell Redman as Ms. Darbus, Nora Neiman as as Kelsi Neilson, MahmoudHage as Zeke Baylor, Ryan Tomaszycki as Jack Scott, and Natalie Hess as Martha Cox.

Tickets are $5, and may be purchased online at divinechildhighschool.org.

DEADLY REVENGE: MODERNIZED ‘MEDEA’ UNDERGROUND AT WSU

The Studio Theatre “Underground at the Hilberry” takes on a triple treat this summer: a modernized “Medea” by Euripides, through June 29; “Body Awareness” by Annie Baker, July 5 to 13; and “A Happy Life” by Charles Mee, July 19 to 27, all at Wayne State University’s Studio Theater, 4743 Cass, Detroit.

Euripides’ “Medea,” adapted and directed by Jared Morrin and Caleb Matthews, runs 8 p.m. June 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28 and 29.

The story follows the original premise of a woman pushed to the point of violent revenge against a hateful husband. It approaches the story from a feminist perspective, approaching the narrative from a sexual, gender violence and mental health perspective, through verse, group speech and storytelling.

The cast includes Mia Hernandez as Medea, Kendall Storks as the Storyteller (counter-Medea), Steph Bedore as the chorus leader (Jason), Maya Hope Milton as Mother (Nurse), Jane Clinton as Daughter (Creon), Veronica Estigoy as Mystic (Aegeus), McKenna Voss as Seductress (Maiden/Child), Caitlin Cutsinger as Martyr (Messenger/Child), Olivia Johnson as Love, and Genia Marsee as Violence.

Tickets are $10, and are available online at theatreanddanceatwayne.com.underground.