Members of the Central Stage are ready to cut loose when it presents "Disney's High School Musical Jr." on Thursday and Saturday night in the school auditorium.
Performances are slated to begin at 7 p.m. both nights with admission being $5.
"I was hesitant at first of doing it, but the kids wanted to do it so bad that I gave in," said drama instructor Leanne Williams.
Williams said the drama club strives to do a musical every two years.
"This is a really good musical," said Williams of the school's production. "The message is about branching out and trying new things … it's something I want to teach my students."
Senior cast member John Wiley Works took the advice of his teacher to heart.
"I have been wanting to do theatre for a while," said Works, who plays Troy in the musical.
Works, a member of the Bears' basketball squad, is a good fit for the part. Troy is the captain of the East High basketball team who decides to audition for the upcoming school musical.
"The musical is about being friends with everyone," said Works. "High school students do not have to be involved only with certain cliques."
In the musical, Troy (Works) finds life isn't just about athletics. East High learns the lesson in teamwork as Troy and the beautiful and brainy Gabriella (Lexie Hughes) try their luck on stage.
The cast and crew totals 55 and also includes the Alcorn Central Middle School Choir along with other students who aren't in the drama club.
The cast includes:
Troy – John Wiley Works; Gabriella – Lexie Hughes; Sharpay – Sarah Grace Moore; Ryan – Preston Hutcheson; Chad – Luke Price; Zeke – Denver Turner: Kelsi – Hannah Johnson; Taylor – Morgan Woodruff; Jack Scott – Logan Isbell; Martha – Hannah Byrom; Mrs. Darbus – Carlie Phelps; Coach Bolton – Perry Mincy; Ms. Tenny – Stephanie Isbell; Cheerleaders – Brittany Butler, Madelyn McVey, Katy Beth Phillips, Jenna Strachan; Jocks – Hannah Barnett, Madison Cornelius, Alaina Duncan, Maria Price, Preslee Sartain, Felicity Thorne; Brainiacs – Samantha Bean, Reece Morrical; Skaters – Serenity Rorie, Haley Scarantino; Thespians – Alex Eden, Natalie Gardner; Lead Chorus – Jacob Dooley, Katie Inman, Ashley Mincy, Megan Robinson, Gracie Smith; 7th Grade Chorus – Cassie Burcham, Lauren Canten, Caitlin Loyd, Lydia Marshall, Baylee Parmely, Taylor Rickett, Brittany Russell, Kristen Stivers, Stephen Yager; Director – Leanne Williams; Assistants – Jana Matlock, Ashley Mincy, Haley Upchurch; Choreography – Taylor Bordeleau, Lexie Hughes, Katlyn Mathis; Stage Manager – Katriena Burgess; Set Crew – Blake Carpenter, Shari Armstrong, Maysa Altashi; Stage Crew – Stephanie Isbell, Tyler Bobo, Meredith Nall; Lighting Design – Marlena Leonard, Leanna Williams; Sound Design – Dakota Chase; Set Construction – Perry Mincy; Costumes/Props – Andrea Hardin; Publicity – Twila Bridges.
Tickets are on sale in the ACHS office during school hours or purchase tickets at the door on the night of the performances.
For additional information contact the school at 662-286-8720.