High School Musical Showrunner Explains Season 3’s Big Change

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series returns for its third season on Disney Plus this month, and while a lot of things have stayed the same, there’s been one major change to the series this season: location.

Rather than taking place at East High School like the previous two, Season 3 largely takes place at Camp Shallow Lake, a summer theater camp where a number of Wildcats go to put on a performance of Frozen.

Now showrunner Tim Federle has explained the change in an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, saying, “We wanted a big season that was fun, summery and sunny, it would just be good vibes. For the audience that was with us in season 2, which was in some ways a darker, more dramatic season, shot during the height of COVID.

“I think we were all looking for both a change of location for cast morale, but also the possibilities and the storytelling opportunities when you get to somewhere, like a summer camp where anything can happen, that’s so much fun and juicy.”

Dara Reneé, Frankie A Rodriguez, Julia Lester, Sofia Wylie and Matt Cornett in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Disney/Anne Marie Fox

Season 3 also sees cast changes, as Olivia Rodrigo, Kate Reinders and Olivia Rose Keegan all move on to recurring roles rather than being part of the main cast, and new cast members include Meg Donnelly, Saylor Bell and Adrian Lyles.

The season also sees a documentary series about Campers’ Frozen production being taped, with Corbin Bleu, star of the original High School Musical, making an appearance as himself to break the news to the Wildcats.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 begins Wednesday, July 27 on Disney Plus, while seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now – sign up for £7.99 per month or £79.90 per year. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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