HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — The Lenape Players, a group of students in grades six through eight from William Davies Middle School, will perform "High School Musical" at the Hess Education Complex at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

"High School Musical" is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques, Troy Bolton, captain of the school’s basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a shy transfer student who excels in mathematics and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and this causes division among all the school's students. Despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to "stick to the status quo." High school diva Sharpay Evans and her twin brother, Ryan, will do anything not only to sabotage the friendship and romance between Troy and Gabriella, but also to get the leads in the school musical.

Ean Boakes stars as Troy and Jenna Haas portrays Gabriella. Lauren Waldron and Griffin Ross play the rolls of Sharpay and Ryan, while Morgan Kahn portrays Ms. Darbus and Eli Robertson plays the part of Zeke Baylor.

Remaining cast members are Dayani Alicea, NaaKwama Ankrah, Amari Anya, Anya Bariexca, Chesney Bugdon, Kacie Burnett, Rachel Carson, Journee Chidi, Mikaela DelGado, Sara Duran, Olivia Edmunds, Burke Erickson, Kyra France, Jeremy Frank, Sydney Groen, Kiley Hernon, Alaina Joseph, Scarlett McCourt, Danaysia McNair, Brooke Meisenhelter, Julianna Moss, Claire Parmenter, Evan Power, Mia Scafario, Andrew Smith, Mary Statile, Ella Wardell, Isaiah Watson, Carys White and Billy Willman.

Davies Middle School seventh-grade language arts teacher Ashley Winkler is co-directing the play. “This being our fourth show, it is amazing to see how much our program has grown,” she said. “The amount of sixth-graders we had audition this year was astounding compared to last year. I think our dress rehearsal performances at Hess really help our program to be more successful. Mrs. Nancy Arsenault, Ms. Lisa Jones, our new choreographer, and myself really want to thank our administration team for supporting our program and really instilling the arts in our kids. We’d also like to thank the Community Education Department, especially Cliff Melder, for supporting our theater program and getting us off the ground.”

General-admission tickets are $7. More information can be found on the Lenape Players Facebook page or by calling 609-476-6311

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