High School Musical: South Guildford actress takes centre stage in ‘Grease for Gen Y’


Charlie Darlington, left, as Ryan Evans and South Guildford resident Holly Denton as Sharpay Evans in Disney’s High School Musical.
Charlie Darlington, left, as Ryan Evans and South Guildford resident Holly Denton as Sharpay Evans in Disney’s High School Musical.

SOUTH Guildford’s Holly Denton is taking to the stage in a show described as “Grease for Generation Y” and a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

Disney’s High School Musical follows a week in the lives of East High students learning the highs and lows of being teenagers and finding out where they fit in.

The production features a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically-gifted newcomer who discover they share a secret passion for singing.

When they sign up together to audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High’s rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar.

Denton plays Sharpay Evans, someone who wants to be “queen bee”.

“She and her twin brother, Ryan, were born to be on stage,” she said.

“They love to be the centre of attention.

“Both work extremely hard to get to where they want to be and won’t let anyone or anything stop their stars from shining brightest.

“In reality, Sharpay would be the type of person I would want to be friends with; I’m definitely not a girlie-girl.”

Denton, a singer-songwriter and film actor, studied at WAAPA and performs regularly around Perth with her father in a duo called D’Vision 2.

She previously appeared as Morticia in a musical version of The Addams Family with Dark Psychic Productions at Phoenix Theatre.

Director Brogan Smirke described High School Musical as a high energy, fun-filled teenage drama.

“It has all the trimmings – love, laughter and lyrical phenomenons,” she said.

Co-director Lys Tickner said she would like the audience to feel they are watching the movie live.

“We have kept many elements in place to achieve this such as replicating costumes and obviously the songs are, for the most part, the same as the movie,” she said.

“There are a lot of parallels with Grease but in a more modern setting.”

High School Musical plays at 8pm on July 7, 14 and 15 and 2pm July 5, 8 and 12 at Roleystone Theatre.

To book, contact 9490 9306 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.

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