The East High Wildcats are back on Disney+ for a whole new semester, and it looks like we’re about to get a whole new dose of teen drama. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series returns for its second season, and judging by all the previews for the show, there’s a lot to unpack for us fans.
Let’s give a little insight into what happens with our favorite students after Season 1. After a successful performance of musical high schoolthe drama club is back and ready to present another Disney favourite: The beauty and the Beast. Miss Jenn (aka our acting consultant extraordinaire) wants to enroll her students in a prestigious acting competition…until she realizes that one of the clubs they run into is run by none other than her ex. Oy vey. And then there’s all that Ricky/Nini drama as they finally try to work out their relationship, that is, until Nini enters a prestigious musical theater program and just at seize the opportunity, because it’s Nini and she wants so much to achieve her dreams.
We can’t just give you all the details (although we desperately want to!), but we thought it would be good to give fans a hint about the cast this season. Yes, you may know and even like some actors. But there are some new faces who are about to make a splash at East High.
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Depicts: Nini, a musical theater enthusiast who played Gabriella Montez in last semester’s production of musical high school.
Fun fact: Um, if you haven’t listened to Olivia’s single “Drivers License” — or heard about her drama with Joshua Bassett — stop reading this and put the song on BLAST.
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Depicts: Ricky, the skateboard enthusiast who had relationship issues with Nini. He played Troy Bolton in the play last semester, although he initially had no interest.
Fun fact: He’s not just at the center of the drama with Olivia Rodrigo… Josh also has a song or two about relationships (we can’t confirm if it’s his co-star though).
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Depicts: Kourtney, Nini’s best friend who works in the costume department.
Fun fact: Although relatively new to Hollywood, Dara is already a familiar face to Disney viewers. She starred in the 2018 Disney Channel movie terrible friday (not to confuse the iconic 2003 remake with Lindsay Lohan).
Depicts: Gina, a transfer student at East High who dreams of becoming a theater actress. She portrayed Taylor McKessie in East High’s production of musical high school.
Fun fact: Yet another former Disney Channel star is among us. Apart HSM: TM: TSSofia is best known for playing Buffy Driscoll on Andi Mac.
Depicts: EJ, a sportsman and Nini’s ex-boyfriend. He played Chad Danforth in the play last semester.
Fun fact: He is an animal lover. Matt likes to cuddle with his dog Kota, and his IG is absoutely a good place to find pictures of the duo. Tell me it’s not adorable!
Depicts: Ashlyn, EJ’s cousin who wants to become a songwriter. She played Miss Darbus in last semester’s play.
Fun fact: She comes from a long line of people in the industry. Julia’s father is a voice actor, her grandfather was an actor for over four decades, and her uncle composes music for various movies and TV shows.
Depicts: Big Red, Ricky’s best friend and occasional stage manager when needed.
Fun fact: He’s actually very close with fellow cast member Andrew Barth Feldman, who will be making his series debut this season.
Depicts: Mr. Mazzara, the STEM teacher at East High who isn’t so happy with the school’s emphasis on the arts.
Fun fact: Aside from acting credits in roles like Kevin can wait and Chicago PDhe starred alongside Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown in the critically acclaimed 2017 film marshal.
Depicts: Seb, a student at East High who is dating Carlos. He starred as Sharpay Evans in last semester’s production of musical high school.
Fun fact: Hello, college grad—Joe recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he majored in musical theater.
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Depicts: Carlos, an East High student and the drama club’s choreographer.
Fun fact: Um, there’s a chance he’s dating his on-screen boyfriend, Joe Serafini, in real life… can we use Insta as proof?
Depicts: Miss Jenn, the drama teacher at East High who supposedly appeared in the original film.
Fun fact: It makes sense that Kate would play the drama adviser on the show — she’s got a ton of Broadway credits under her name. She has performed in musicals such as Bad (she played Glinda) and Magnificent: Carole King’s Musical, and she’s even part of a singer-songwriter comedy duo.
Andrew Barth Feldman
Depicts: Antoine, a French foreign student at North High who immediately has feelings for Ashlyn and loves flirting with her.
Fun fact: Not only is he famous for making his Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen (he played the lead!), but he’s about to get a whole lot smarter when he attends Harvard in the fall. Oh, and he started a theater production company when he was just 12.
Depicts: Jack, a charming high school student full of dreams.
Fun fact: Besides his other famous roles (he was in Andi Mac and the DC Universe movie Shazam!), he is also a talented singer. He released a single in 2019, “One Thought Away”, featuring none other than rapper Wiz Khalifa.
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