SPARTA, NJ – The auditorium at Sparta High School is a busy place this week as Sparta Middle School students prepare for their spring musical.  The curtain will rise on the production of “High School Musical Junior” on March 22, 23, 24 at 7 p.m.

“Being in the show is amazing,” Alexander Yerofeyev said.  “I can’t wait to perform in front of an audience.”

“It’s always nerve wracking to get in front of an audience,” Emma Muth said.  “I wonder if I’m going to mess up but then it’s always amazing.”

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Director Paige Lucas summarized the plot taken from Disney Channel’s hit movie musical.  Set in the first day after winter break at Sparta High, when the basketball team captain finds the girl he met singing karaoke when he was on a ski trip over the break, has just enrolled at his school.  The brainy Gabriella and jock Troy decide to audition for the school musical, causing an upheaval to the status quo of cliques.  Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. 

Cast List

Troy Bolton………..………………………….Robert Matkiwsky

Gabriella Montez………..…………………...Megan Armstrong

Sharpay Evans………..……………………..Georgia Paraskos

Ryan Evans………..………………………..…..Gavin Denmead

Taylor McKessie………..………………………Jenna Halkyard

Chad Danforth………..…………………………….Daniel Perez

Coach Bolton………..……………………Alexander Yerofeyev

Ms. Darbus………..…………………………....Laurel Ferguson

Kelsi………..………………………………………….Grace Craig

Jack Scott………..……………………………....Kaden Kambak

Zeke………..………………………………….Connor Sumowski

Martha Cox………..…………………………………..Julia Kadar

Ripper………..…………………………………… Miranda Smith

Ms. Tenny ………..…………………….…Samantha Ammaturo

Kratnoff………..……………………….…..Charles Canzoniero

Jason………..……………………………………….... Ezra Cook

Mongo………..………………………………………..Lucy Partin

Susan………..………………………………………...Addie Ward

James………..……………………………………..Brian Carlson

Cathy………..……………………………………..Maddie Hagler

Cyndra………..………………………………Elizabeth Enriquez

Moderator…………………………………………...Emma Muth

Cheerleaders  Ava Kelly, Emily Neglia, Kylie Klinck, Kylie O’Neil, Natalie DeMuth, Maelee Moriarty, Molly McQueeney

Ensemble Abigail Pierson, Amber Groom, Anna Yerofeyev, Avery Kappmeier, Brianna Bode-Italiano, Charlotte Pennington, Elizabeth Sheeran, Emilia Intorella, Gabrielle Canzoniero, Grace McDonough,Isabella Cardoza, Isabella DiGioia, Kaitlyn Bottoni, Maria Manniello, Melissa Schweizer, Michelle Kujalowicz, Olivia Flanz, Quinn Premo, Samuel Scalera, Shea Harrison, Skylar Gialanella, Zoe Kloian

Tech Crew  John Grialdi, Kavya Kamath, Martin VanNieuwland, Max Scalera, Meghan Daley, Paige DeGiovanni

Director/ Choreographer - Paige Lucas

Assistant Director / Vocal Director- Elisa Girlando

Lighting Directors- Tori Prol/ Kyle Neuwirth

Sound Director- Heather Rauqet

Set Design- Jean Riley, Lisa Tafuri, Skylar Winberry

Volunteers- The Sparta High School Cast of Mary Poppins

  • Danny Mederos
  • Claire Riley
  • Emma McNamara
  • Erin Vreeland
  • Lauren Groff
  • Liv Canova
  • Nina Strowe
  • Noelle Vallario
  • Owen Welsh
  • Scott Riley
  • Steven Sullivan
  • Zander Papandrikos

This is the first production directed by Lucas and Elisa Girlando.  "We couldn't be more excited and more proud of the hard work and dedication that this cast and crew has put forth," they said.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, under 10-years-old $5.