HAVERHILL — Art is definitely imitating life for drama students at Whittier Tech right now. Stress about what lies ahead after high school and the rocket highs and lows of teenage romance is not only part of their real, daily lives, but also what they have been practicing for long hours after school each day.
With much anticipation, the curtain will open on Whittier’s production of “High School Musical 2” on March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.
The humorous dialogue and high-energy music like “You’re the Music in Me,” “Fabulous” and “Work This Out” has encouraged the young actors to put their often tumultuous lives in perspective, they said, and garner some appreciation that may not have otherwise come until later in life.
“We can relate to the story,” said senior Nick Elwell of Haverhill, who plays lead Troy Bolton. “It deals with the fear of the future and figuring out who you are.”
“Friends are fighting, their relationships are full of emotional tension, and jealousy is high,” said Anna Slejzer, a junior from Georgetown who plays Violet.
“But, there’s so much energy and excitement, people will want to get up and dance,” said Jackie Ross, a junior from Methuen who plays Lilly.
The second lead was won by senior Tiffany Soucy of Merrimac who plays Troy’s girlfriend, Gabriella Montez. A few months ago, when she first saw her name on the cast list, she nearly fell to the floor.
“My heart dropped,” she said. “I was so happy, but at the same time so nervous to take on that kind of role.” She has acted in Whittier’s productions for all of her four years, and two weeks before show time was feeling much more comfortable. “I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s all coming together now.”