Corbin Bleu, Jason Earles, Adrian Lyles, Saylor Bell, and Meg Donnelly are set to join the cast of season 3.
The Disney+ teen comedy show, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, has garnered many fans throughout two seasons. With Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Basset starring as Gabriella Montez and Troy Bolton in the first season, the show turned heads as the couple’s real-life romance went viral on social media. The show also stars Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, and Julia Lester. It has featured many romances, breathtaking music, and of course, drama.
The series was renewed for a third season last fall and began production this Tuesday in Los Angeles. The new cast members include Adrian Lyles, Saylor Bell, and Meg Donnelly. A few familiar faces will bring a blast from the past for original Disney Channel viewers as High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu, who played Chad Danforth in the original franchise, and Hannah Montana’s Jason Earles will guest star this season, Variety reports.
Lyles will be playing Jet, who is described as “Camp Shallow Lake’s mysterious new kid,” while Bell plays Maddox, “a bright-eyed, quick-witted ‘techie,’ who always follows the rules.” Val is described as a “confident and funny college student and a longtime camper-turned-counselor-in-training, who is ready to choreograph the summer production of Frozen,” while Dewey is a “stone-faced, killjoy of a Camp Director of Camp Shallow Lake.” Donnelly and Earles will both be guest stars on the show. Lastly, Bleu will play himself as Lucas Gabriel did when he guest-starred in the first season of the show.
The third season of the show will take place at a sleepaway camp called Camp Shallow Lake, where the Wildcats will stage a production of the Disney animated musical Frozen. Songs from the musical as well as songs from the High School Musical franchise and Disney’s Camp Rock will be featured.
“I’ve always wanted to do summer stuff because I think summer is a time of letting go and not having a curfew, and the rules kind of change,” creator Tim Federle said in an interview with ET, “but I definitely think there will be a summer element if we end up going forward. I think the format stays similar-ish, but I would really love to shake things up with the season 3 musical if we get one. There’s really exciting possibilities and opportunities for a whole new sound that I think would surprise people.”
The series is created and executive produced by Tim Federle. The series is produced by Chorus Boy and Salty Pictures in association with Disney Channel, with Oliver Goldstick serving as showrunner for the first four episodes. He was succeeded by Federle as showrunner for the remainder of the first season and thereafter. The series has received positive reviews, highlighting the performances of the cast, especially those of Bassett and Rodrigo. It even won a GLAAD Media Award in 2020 for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.
A release date for the 3rd season has not been announced, but fans can stream seasons 1 and 2 on Disney+.
The Disney Channel is holding a nationwide casting search for High School Musical 4, which will introduce new East High Wildcats students.
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