Theater group staging ‘High School Musical Jr.’

When it first came out in 2006, “High School Musical” became a worldwide phenomenon.

Now, some of central Indiana’s most talented young actors are bringing the energy and excitement of the film to a Greenwood stage.

Creative Grounds Fine Arts Academy will stage Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” starting today and running through June 12. The show tells the story of Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Taylor, Chad, and all of East High Wildcats, featuring songs such as “Getcha Head in the Game,” “We’re All In This Together” and “Bop to the Top.”

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Studio One Theater, Creative Grounds’ home located at the Greenwood Park Mall near the outdoor fountain and restaurants Bar Louie and BJ’s Brewhouse

Creative Grounds Find Arts Academy began in 2014 as Center Grove Fine Arts Academy, an extension of the Worship Ministry of Center Grove Church. In 2018, CGFAA became an independent non-profit organization.

The cast and crew of this show, made up of students aged 8 to 18, have been rehearsing and preparing since April.

“It is amazing to watch our older students work with and mentor our younger students as they together tell the timeless story of teenagers discovering who they are meant to be,” said Katie Landis, youth development director and co-founder of Creative Grounds.

“High School Musical Jr.” looks at different cliques within East High — the Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians, and Skater Dudes — as they all struggle to figure out who they are and where they belong in school after the status quo is upended by Troy and Gabriella auditioning for the school musical.

Those involved in the performance have seen the cast truly connect to the themes and ideas that “High School Musical” hones in on.

“Although the students in (High School Musical Jr.) are working through life after the pandemic, the relationships they have built on and off the stage at CGFAA have carried them through. They are continuing to push forward and we couldn’t be prouder of them,” said Mark Landis, executive director and co-founder of Creative Grounds.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Concessions and merchandise will also be available at Studio One Theater, 1251 U.S. 31 North, Greenwood.

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