School's back in - on the stage 

POPULAR family movie High School Musical has been adapted for the stage and will open at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre next week.

Holidays Actors will perform High School Musical on Stage! over four consecutive nights from January 15 as well as a matinee on January 18.

The cast of 50, which includes about 14 new members, began rehearsals in October.

Co-director Greta Punch, who is working alongside Emma Miller, said she was looking forward to opening night.

“It’s a show I’ve secretly wanted to direct for a while...it’s an excellent family show that the kids love performing,” Miss Punch said.

She said the cast had been working hard to make the show a success.

“They’re a really excellent team and they all get along together which is super important when you’ve got so much to get done in a show like this.

Miss Punch said working with Emma Miller had been rewarding and a learning experience.

“It’s actually my second time after directing Hairspray last year,” Miss Punch said.

“It’s a huge amount of work and I didn’t think I’d direct two years in a row, but the satisfaction of putting on such a massive project is amazing. 

“Emma Miller has directed a lot more productions than I have, with Warrnambool College, Brauer College, and Holiday Actors, so it’s great to see how someone else plans and directs too.”

She said audiences could expect a quality, family show to enjoy during the school holidays.

For every ticket sold $1 will be donated to Peter’s Project.

Tickets are available from the Lighthouse Theatre on 5559 4885.

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