The team that brought Marshall County the smash hit "High School Musical" last spring has reunited to present "High School Musical 2" on stage at the Dixie next month.
Nathan Dumser and Rachel Faulkner return as the teenage sweethearts Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, while Charleigh Cagle and Doug May, reprise their roles as the scheming Evans twins, Sharpay and Ryan. The action takes place during the summer vacation from East High School, and features several twists before the happy ending and Troy and Gabriella's first kiss.
The cast members are drawn from students in grades 7-12 in Lewisburg, Cornersville, Chapel Hill, Pulaski, and Columbia. In addition to the leading four, 16 other cast members from last year's show are back, along with five who have appeared in other Marshall County Community Theater productions, and 10 who are new to MCCT.
"It's amazing to hear these children sing and watch them dance," said volunteer Debbie Parks, mother of a cast member. Parks says they started rehearsing just before Christmas and really got into it in January, practicing mostly on weekends.
Once again, Alva Cavnar is the director, Elise Dumser the musical director, and Mary Alice Ingram the producer. Julie Plott is the choreographer, and for the first time students danced to audition - 12 won roles with their dancing abilities.
Elaine Cagle is in charge of set design. She has five art students from Marshall County High School working on the set: Rebecca Headden, Jacob Warren Kaitlyn Alexander, Katherine Haislop, and Jeremy Defoe. Daniel August and Dave Janacek will be running the lights and sound.
Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6; and 7 p.m. Monday, March 8. There will be matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7. Tickets go on sale from cast members beginning Feb. 27, and the box office at the Dixie opens one hour before each show.