Disney's High School Musical Jr.
including choreography by original movie cast member & current Hamilton star Thayne Jasperson!
Auditions are closed.
Join Break a Leg Theater Works as we present our upcoming virtual movie musical, High School Musical Jr! This fantastic production will be filmed in a COVID-safe manner over the winter and spring and are open to all interested age appropriate students. After editing, we will present a full scale virtual production that you will be able to enjoy from the comfort of your own home this summer. Students will experience the craft of movie making and learn how to vocally record in the studio. Our film will include a hybrid of zoom rehearsals and in-person filming days.
Now casting students for roles and internships for our upcoming movie musical! These musicals will be safely filmed following Massachusetts COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Students will rehearse online and recorded and filmed in-person. The shows will be live-streamed in early summer.
Grades 5-9; younger students with musical theater experience may also audition
*All students cast will have the opportunity to work virtually with choreographer Thayne Jasperson!
Please scroll to the bottom of this page for musical synopsis' & character breakdowns.
• Auditions by video submission (first fill out registration form, then fill out casting form).
• Virtual callbacks and initial rehearsals will take place online
• Additional rehearsals, recording and filming will take place on location at Map Academy (located at 11 Resnik Road in Plymouth, MA); additional possible other locations TBD
• Auditions - Initial Video Audition Submission due: January 31st
• Callbacks - Saturday, Feb 6th
*callback list, materials, and Zoom schedule will be sent on February 1st
• Rehearsals and filming will take place online and in person from February-May
• Shows will be streamed in late June or early July.
• Flexible scheduling! Students will be asked to complete an availability form upon registering. Our rehearsal and filming schedule will be released several weeks at a time.
Generally speaking, rehearsals and filming will take place at various times on Saturdays
*Additional weekday rehearsals and filming days may be added, TBD
ALSO LOOKING FOR PRODUCTION INTERNS (8th grade - adult) for our shows:
(Scroll down to the bottom of this page for production intern descriptions.) CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
• Assistant Stage Managers (preferably NOT a cast member)
• Video/Sound Editing (cast members ok)
• Camera Operation (cast members ok)
• Hair/Makeup/Costume Assistants (cast members ok)
• $10.00 Non-Refundable Audition Fee (register now)
• Tuition Payment: $475.00 (or 4 monthly installments of $118.75)
*Students may also be asked to supply their own basic costume pieces (with guidance) and makeup
Disney’s High School Musical JR centers on the blossoming relationship between Troy, a high school jock, and Gabriella, the new smart girl at school. They meet on a family vacation and become attracted to each other while singing in a karaoke competition. Rediscovering each other at school, their relationship and their surprise decision to audition together for the school show are thwarted by the school’s current leading lady, Sharpay, and Troy and Gabriella’s well-meaning friends. Finally, Gabriella and Troy find a way to be themselves and are rewarded with the lead roles in the school show. Full of catchy songs and exciting dance routines, this musical explores issues of friendship, first love, and acceptance.
Gabriella Montez is the new student who’s struggling to find her place at East High. She’s a Renaissance woman who doesn’t fully identify with any of the cliques, and so she’s taking her time – and realizing her confidence – along the way. Smart and independent, Gabriella can be shy and vulnerable at times. She comes into her own when she discovers her talent and love for singing with Troy, so look for a strong actor with a fantastic voice.
Troy Bolton, the most popular student at East High, is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what others – especially his dad, Coach Bolton – want him to be. A natural athlete and leader with charm to spare, Troy discovers he loves to sing, but is afraid to admit it to his basketball buddies. Look for a solid actor who can convey the full range of Troy’s emotions from sensitive to self-assured, and who can dance and sing very well. Consider auditioning your potential Troys and Gabriellas together to get a sense of the pair’s dynamic.
Sharpay Evans is the dramatic and self- centered star of the school musicals. Between her and Ryan, she’s the alpha twin – over-the-top, demanding, and always “on,” with a flair for the theatrical. This diva knows how to work a crowd, so cast a performer with solid acting chops and strong singing and dancing skills.
Ryan Evans is Sharpay’s fraternal twin and, like her, he lives to sing, dance, and get loads of attention. Subordinate to his sister, Ryan generally follows Sharpay’s orders and lets her have the spotlight, but he longs to break free from her shadow and assert himself. Choose a “triple threat” for this actor – strong singer, dancer, and actor – because everything Ryan does is calculated and executed impeccably. Consider auditioning Ryan and Sharpay in pairs as the success of “Bop to the Top” depends on this dynamic duo performing perfectly – and with a ton of energy.
Kelsi Nielsen, the neo-feminist writer-composer of the winter musical, Juliet and Romeo, possesses a shy demeanor but no tolerance for the egocentric likes of Sharpay. A strong actor who can play the compassionate underdog with intelligence and an uncanny ability to shoot zingers at Sharpay with timing and accuracy.
Chad Danforth, one of Troy’s best friends, is a sports fanatic. Focused on winning the basketball championship, Chad slowly begins to understand that there might be more to life than ball – including his crush on Taylor. Look for an actor that partners naturally with Troy, is a leader of his own accord, and can handle a couple of short solos and acting scenes.
Zeke Baylor, Troy’s other best buddy, is a basketball player with a sweet side. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking! Look for an actor with some singing chops who can portray this Wildcat with no shame in his (basketball or baking) game. Zeke has some higher parts to sing, so if necessary, the actor you cast can speak-sing parts that may be out of his natural range.
Taylor McKessie, the very put-together president of the Science Club, is super-assertive and very intent on Gabriella joining the Science Decathlon team so they can (finally!) win the competition. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, but would never let it be known that she’s into a jock, so cast a performer who can portray confidence – and just a slight air of pretentiousness.
Ms. Darbus is East High’s eccentric drama teacher. Passionate and disciplined, she never stops trying to enrich the lives of her students through the wonders of live theater. Look for a performer who knows how to milk every line and gesture for this role, as the key to Darbus is in her killer comic timing. Be careful of making her too wacky, though; this educator genuinely loves her art and her students, so make sure her heart shines through.
Coach Bolton, the stern basketball coach and Troy’s sometimes overbearing dad, lost the big game years ago and wants a second chance through his basketball-star son. Cast an actor who can handle the demands of this mature role – and who can convincingly and comically spar with Ms. Darbus.
Martha Cox, a proud member of the Science Club, possesses a private passion for break dancing. Look for a truly terrific dancer who can sing.
The ensemble is your show’s primary group of performers from which you will pull the featured roles and other, perhaps smaller, ensembles. Be sure to select strong singers – as few or as many as your production requires – as all ensembles require group singing. The featured roles call for either solo singing or solo acting, or both.
The BRAINIACS, headed by Taylor McKessie, are the smartest girls and boys in school, including Martha Cox and the change-adverse KRATNOFF.
The JOCKS and CHEERLEADERS are the East High athletes, including Troy, Chad, and Zeke. Both of these groups can be a mix of boys and girls.
The THESPIANS are the drama lovers, including Kelsi, Sharpay, and Ryan, as well as the following auditionees: CATHY, who belts like Ethel Merman, CYNDRA, the opera-lover, JAMES, who can’t sing on pitch and SUSAN, the wannabe pop star.
The PARTY KIDS are students in Troy and Gabriella’s karaoke flashback.
The REBELS, including Troy and Gabriella, don’t stick to the status quo, unlike the various school cliques.
Other featured performers include:
JACK SCOTT, the school announcer with a larger-than-life personality, longs to be a D.J. Look for an actor who will have no problem making this role his own, creating a quirky radio personality with a unique sense of style. While this actor will primarily stay as Jack throughout, there are opportunities to join ensemble numbers such as “Stick to the Status Quo” and “Get’cha Head in the Game.”
DRUM MAJOR, who cheers on the Wildcats.
MS. TENNY, East High’s chemistry teacher.
MODERATOR, for the Science Decathlon (can be double cast as Ms. Tenny)
Production Interns Wanted!
1) ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS
Looking for 2 Assistant Stage Managers for The Drowsy Chaperone and High School Musical Jr.
- Assisting the Stage Manager in paperwork creation/distribution
- Attending rehearsals/filming days
- Attend production meetings in the event that the Stage Manager is unable to attend
- Will double as Production Interns at the discretion of the Director of Photography
- Assisting with Google Drive Management
Basic knowledge of Google Drive (specifically Docs and Sheets) is encouraged, but we are willing to give you a crash course in the software before beginning production duties.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Erin Field (email@example.com) for more information!
2) FILMING INTERNSHIP
Have you ever wanted to learn what goes into making a movie? Now is your chance to have hands on experience with the BAL film crew as a production assistant! Working closely with our technical director/director of photography, students will assist on set, behind the camera, and in the editing room all while learning how our musicals come to your screen.
FILMING INTERNSHIPS may consist of camera operation and editing for this (and future) BAL projects. As a part of this internship, students/interns will play a key role in the behind the scenes creation of our virtual programs under the instruction of BAL's technical director.