SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School Spring musical is High School Musical.  Performances begin Thursday, March 13 and run through Saturday, March 15 with a 7 p.m. curtain.

The lead performers are:

  • Henri Brooks, senior,  playing Troy Bolton,
  • Melissa DiSanti, senior playing Gabriella Montez,
  • Stephanie Wells, junior playing Sharpay Evans,
  • Blaze Dalio, freshman playing Ryan Evans,
  • Jack Mc Donough, sophomore playing Chad Danforth,
  • Angelique Donati, senior playing Taylor McKessie,
  • John Puszcz, senior playing Coach Jack Bolton,
  • Bridget Den Boer senior playing Ms Darbus,
  • Alyssa Gastelou, senior playing Kelsi Nielsen
  • Sebastian Cook,  playing Zeke Baylor

Brooks will be attending Drexel University in Philadelphia next fall to study Architecture.  DeSanti hopes to attend Montclair University next year to study Music Therapy.

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There is also a large ensemble cast. "They hold up the whole show," according to Brooks.

The plot of the story is of two rival teen cliques that come to discover common ground when they, for various reasons become involved in their high school's musical production. The message of the show is to keep an open mind and accept people for who they really are, not how they appear or what they do. 

The production is directed by Angela DeLuccia and student director Christine Galley. Andrew Lopez is the Musical Director with a pit orchestra of students, staff and professional musicians.   The student choreographers are Sara Lucas and Rachel Baker.

Serge Wessels is the Set Designer.  Behind the scenes are Nate Bowley running the lights and Matt Marakovits running sound. 

 "Despite the weather, we have put together another phenomenal performance. With one of the largest ensembles to date, the stage absolutely lights up with energy with an evident passion for theater and Spartan Spirit," said Director DeLuccia-Davis.

On Tuesday, March 11 Sparta Seniors were invited for a dinner and preview performance.  The cafeteria was dressed up with table cloths, flowers and tables settings for the attendees. Cast members and student volunteers served the guests before the show.

Theatergoers may purchase tickets at the door for ten dollars. The performance will be in Sparta High School Auditorium.