Sing along to ‘High School Musical’

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BOUTTE — The River Region Drama Guild is presenting “Disney’s High School Musical,” with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 2-4 and 2 p.m. June 5 at the Hahnville High auditorium, 100 Tiger Drive in Boutte.

Eli Brooks, who plays Troy Bolton, and Haley Taylor, who plays Gabriella Montez, prepare for the musical.

Eli Brooks, who plays Troy Bolton, and Haley Taylor, who plays Gabriella Montez, prepare for the musical.

Tickets are $15 in advance for reserve seating that can be purchased on line at or for general admission balcony seating from any cast member.

Online ticket sales end Saturday.

Tickets, if available, would be sold at the door for $20 cash or check only.

For those who want to sing along with the actors, the Drama Guild has set aside June 3’s performance as a Sing Along.

Audience members are invited to dress as their favorite character from the show and are asked to sing along with the cast during the performance.

They can also stay after the show for a chance to take pictures with their favorite characters.

Eli Brooks is starring in the lead male role, Troy Bolton, the basketball star. Along with Brooks, Haley Taylor will be starring as Gabriella Montez, the beautiful, intelligent new girl at East High who everyone seems to be interested in, especially Troy.

Logan Tauzin will be playing the role of Sharpay Evans, the star of every show that East High performs and the one person that seems to know everything going on.

Playing Sharpay’s minion and brother, Ryan Evans, is Evan Deroche.

Although Troy Bolton is totally awesome on his own, he needs his basketball sidekicks. Here to stick by Troy’s side through it all is his ultimate best friend, Chad Danforth, played by Mitchell Tarashvilli.

Also here to help Troy is the love-struck baking fanatic, Zeke Baylor, played by Semaj Brady.

The basketball posse doesn’t stop there.

Also tagging along is Jason, a strong yet quiet character, played by Brandon Badeaux.

Here to lead the boys to victory against the West High Knights is Coach Bolton, played by Warren Hovis.

Since East High is like any other high school, Sharpay and Ryan have their posse of thespians. James, played by Paul Sullivan; Susan, played by Corinn Hovis; Cathy, played by Danielle Templet; Alan, played by Taylor Jones; and Cyndra, played by Brittany Schaubhut are all supporting roles in Sharpay and Ryan’s performance.

These characters will be seen wherever Sharpay and Ryan go, and they will do pretty much anything the brother-sister duo asks for. Directing the thespians is Mrs. Darbus, the quirky drama teacher, played by Sydney Peltier.

Of course this high school has to have a group of brainiacs. The mega-mind of this group is Taylor McKessie, played by Victoria Sheppard. Taylor envelopes Gabriella when she firsts arrives at East High, and the two become great friends.

Here to follow Taylor around is hip-hop fanatic Martha Cox, played by Caroline Abadie. These brainiacs definitely know the answer to any chemistry question, but it also seems as though they know the answers to any questions about anyone at East High.

The program is supported in part by a grant from United Way of St. Charles; the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans and by the River Region Arts and Humanities Council.