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Students Go Beyond the Status Quo in ‘High School Musical’
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Anna Sickels
During a rehearsal, the actors react to Zeke, played by Michael Kephart, smash a cake in Sharpay’s face. Senior Liz Sleper played Sharpay.

“Come on, Wildcats!” “Getch ya head in the game!” Performers sang and danced in excitement as they portrayed characters from “High School Musical” on Nov. 2-4 and 10-11. Actors enjoyed many fun moments on and off stage.
The jocks had a particularly active role with their basketball choreography.
Junior Aubrey Wilson, who played a jock/cheerleader, said that she wasn’t good at dribbling a basketball. “I learned as we went, but I still lost the ball here and there,” Wilson said. “I had to figure out how to roll a ball through my legs and around my body, and a lot of times it got lost and went into the pit.”
Freshman Eli Shipley wore a Wildcat mascot costume. During one performance, Shipley, wearing a mascot head and oversized paws, didn’t see the edge of the set, fell off of the edge, and dangled from the backside of the set piece.
“I’ve been like the most injured person at musical,” Shipley said with a smile.

Freshman Eli Shipley parades around the stage in a Wildcat mascot costume during a performance. (Evan Kartman)

The crew also joined in on the fun as they knew most of the musical’s choreography and the song lyrics.
“There was a lot of singing and dancing going on with the crew,” Shipley said. “We all knew the full show in and out. One of the best numbers to dance to was ‘We’re All in This Together,’ and another one was ‘Bop to the Top.’”
Shipley said that behind the curtain, the crew members would salsa and form dance lines to the songs and dance along with the cast.
A lot of the cast took their own creative liberties with their characters.

Senior Maggie Millenkamp said that she made Gabriella more outgoing than she was in the actual movie.
“I added that she kind of had more of a sense of humor and more common sense than in the movie,” Millenkamp said.

During the song “Status Quo,” sophomore Natalie Beilby flips her way across the stage. (Keevan Hauschild)

Millenkamp said that she and Michael Kephart (11), who played Zeke, would perform a special handshake before the show as a “ritual for having a good performance.”
“Another thing we would do before every start of the show is we’d always run the first dance because someone would always forget it,” Millenkamp said. “Then we’d laugh afterward because someone would always mess it up.”

During the performances, extras Noelle Bardgett (12) and Audrey Jolley (12) slipped in their own bits of fun and entertainment while the main actors were acting out a scene upstage. In one scene Jolley pantomimed a fake fight with Bardgett. “We liked to pick something different each time to do,” Jolley said.
In another scene, Bardgett proposed to Jolley. “I thought it was boring to not do anything in that scene, so I just proposed,” Bardgett said. “After that, it just kind of became a thing we did.”

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Chloe Callan
Chloe Callan, Staff
Hey! I’m Chloe Callan, and I’m a senior at West Delaware. I’m involved in band, musical, and journalism! When I’m not busy with schoolwork, I like to enjoy a nice book and music. I’m a movie enthusiast, and I love fall and Halloween. After high school, I plan to go to a four-year university and study forensic psychology and criminology.
Keevan Hauschild
Hello everyone! I’m Keevan Hauschild and I am a senior here at West Delaware. This is my third year of journalism. Outside of yearbook, I am currently involved in baseball, NHS, Speech, Play, Student Council, and a part of the West Delaware Students for Desired Change group. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, lifting, listening to music, attending sporting events, playing golf, and taking pictures. I’ve been running a photography page, khausproductions on Instagram and K-Haus Photography on Facebook. Both of these pages have grown an insane amount throughout the last two years. After this year, I’m heading to the University of Iowa where I am majoring in Journalism/Mass Communications, Sports Media, and Marketing with my end goal of working at ESPN one day. 
Evan Kartman
Evan Kartman, Staff
Hello! My name Evan Kartman, and I am a senior at the West Delaware High School. I have been involved in cross country, soccer, musical, play, group/individual/Allstate Speech, Concert/Marching Band, Jazz Band, Show-Band, National Honor Society, and journalism! When I’m not focused on my extracurriculars or schoolwork, I enjoy playing guitar, watching movies, going to the gym, gardening, listening to music, and spending time with my family. After high school, I plan to study Business and Journalism/Mass Communications in college.
Anna Sickels
Anna Sickels, Staff
Hi! My name is Anna Sickels, and I am a junior at West Delaware High School. I am involved in bowling, journalism, group/individual/all-state speech, soccer, and softball. When I am not in school, I enjoy reading, baking, being with my family, and going to Aunt Emmy’s. My favorite music artist is Taylor Swift, and my favorite color is blue. I have one cat named Kat.

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