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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Zac Efron as Troy-Bolton & Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez star in High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Zac Efron as Troy-Bolton & Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez star in High School Musical 3: Senior Year

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The "High School Musical" series isn't aimed at high schoolers, who presumably know by now that grades 9 through 12 aren't actually a candy-coated wonderland.

It's more aimed at preteens who are still willing to bet high school will be the best thing ever. With those kids firmly in mind, the movies are achingly wholesome, set in a preposterously shiny world where everything looks if it were freshly painted within the last five minutes.

The entire franchise is designed to accessorize with the shiniest lip gloss and the sparkliest pink nail polish.

Fortunately for series director Kenny Ortega, there are a lot of adolescent girls in the world. The first two "High School Musical" movies, made for TV's Disney Channel, broke cable viewership records.

The first film's soundtrack was 2006's top-selling record. The movies have spawned a touring concert, an ice show, a series of video games and young-adult novels, a reality show spin-off and a stage musical. If "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," the franchise's big-screen debut, comes anywhere close to the 18 million-plus viewership of "High School Musical 2's" cable debut, it could rival the year's other opening-weekend box-office records. Ortega and company could have a hit on their hands just for showing up.

Instead, they rise to the theatrical-release challenge by expanding the dance numbers while minimizing the drama. The core cast from the first two musicals is back, and now they're all seniors, coming to terms with the possibility of graduation. (Actually, the guarantee of graduation, because their idealized version of school lacks classes and grades; it's all lunchrooms, basketball courts and extracurricular fun.) Sweethearts Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) continue their sweet, chaste romance but face separation as they head to different colleges. Snob princess Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) is once again scheming to grab Gabriella's part in the big spring musical. The pressures of prom and the big championship game each get a little lip-service and a big musical number, but the problems blur by harmlessly to let the performers move on to the next piece of bouncy pop. Most of the returning cast has little to do but sing, dance and smile.

"Musical 3" is frustratingly shallow, but what it lacks in narrative ambition, it makes up for in dazzling choreography. Ortega set out to channel cinema's musical classics, from "Singing in the Rain" to "Chicago" -- one of this film's bigger numbers, "I Want It All," contains a number of visual winks to those films and others. But his execution is as much Bollywood as Broadway. He crams the screen with spectacular, vivid colors and complicated synchronized movement, making the radio-ready, processed-pop songs distinctly secondary to the dances they inspire.

And in the process, he creates something harmlessly fluffy and fun, a slight but accomplished, entirely agreeable time-waster aimed at the "High School Musical" cultists but unlikely to offend anyone else. It isn't a film so much as a rousing sing-along, clap-along dance party that seems to say, "We made it to the big screen -- now let's just kick back and celebrate." Bring your prettiest pink paper hats, and party on.

 

MPAA rating: G.

Running time: 1:52.

Starring: Zac Efron (Troy); Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella); Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay); Corbin Bleu (Chad); Lucas Grabeel (Ryan).

Directed by Kenny Ortega; screenplay by Peter Barsocchini; photographed by Daniel Aranyo; edited by Don Brochu; production design by Mark Hofeling; choreography by Ortega, Charles Klapow, Bonnie Story; music by David Lawrence; produced by Bill Borden, Barry Rosenbush. A Walt Disney Pictures release.

 

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Movie Trailer

About the Movie "High School Musical 3: Senior Year"

Disney's "High School Musical" phenomenon leaps onto the big screen in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," in which the world's favorite high school students (ZAC EFRON, VANESSA HUDGENS, ASHLEY TISDALE, LUCAS GRABEEL, CORBIN BLEU and MONIQUE COLEMAN) hit senior year. Amidst a basketball champion-ship, prom and a big spring musical featuring all of the Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella vow to make every moment last as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question. A crew of sophomore Wildcats (MATT PROKOP, JUSTIN MARTIN, JEMMA MCKENZIE-BROWN) joins in the fun as the film's incredible new music and exciting dance numbers take maximum advantage of the big screen.

Other actors reprising their roles from the first two Disney Channel movies include OLESYA RULIN, CHRIS WARREN JR., RYNE SANBORN, KAYCEE STROH, BART JOHNSON and ALYSON REED.

Walt Disney Pictures presents "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," directed and choreographed by Emmy Award«-winning Kenny Ortega. Ortega, who helmed the first two films for Disney Channel, also adds new duties as executive producer. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" is produced by Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush; Don Schain serves as co-producer. Peter Barsocchini, veteran HSM writer, penned the screenplay.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes director of photography Daniel Aranyˇ (Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2," "The Cheetah Girls 2"), production designer Mark Hofeling ("High School Musical," "High School Musical 2," "Minutemen"), editor Don Brochu ("The American Mall," "The Fugitive"), and costume designer Caroline B. Marx ("The Killing Room," TV's "Gilmore Girls"). Director Ortega shares choreographer duties with Charles "Chucky" Klapow and Bonnie Story-the three earned an Outstanding Choreography Emmy« for "High School Musical." Composer David Lawrence and music supervisor Steven Vincent also return. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributes.

About the Cast "High School Musical 3: Senior Year"

ZAC EFRON (Troy Bolton)

Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, ZAC EFRON (Troy Bolton) is positioning himself as one of Hollywood's most promising talents as his career continues to evolve. Efron received the coveted Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Hottie in 2007 and the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance for his role in "Hairspray."

Efron recently wrapped production on the Richard Linklater film "Me and Orson Welles," an adapation of the period coming-of-age novel by Robert Kaplow. He portrays a high school student who happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is then noticed by Orson Welles. Efron stars in the film alongside Ben Chapin and Claire Danes.

He stars in the upcoming film "17 Again," a "Big"-like dramedy in which a 36-year-old in need of a major life do-over wakes up in the body of a high school senior. The film also stars Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann.

In summer 2007, Efron starred alongside an all-star cast in the box office smash "Hairspray," which is about what happens when an all-white American Bandstand style TV show gets a soul infusion. The film won the Critics Choice award for Best Ensemble and the cast was also nominated for a Golden Globe« and SAG Award«.

Efron became the break-out star of the Emmy Award«-winning Disney Channel phenomenon "High School Musical." He reprised his role in "High School Musical 2," which broke cable TV records, garnering 18.6 million viewers.

His other television credits include a recurring role on the WB series "Summerland," and guest-starring roles on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "ER," "The Guardian" and "C.S.I. Miami."

Additionally, Efron starred on stage in the musical "Gypsy" and has appeared in productions of "Peter Pan," "Mame," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Music Man."

VANESSA HUDGENS (Gabriella Montez)

VANESSA HUDGENS (Gabriella Montez) is a promising young actress and recording artist.

She appears in the music-driven, inspirational fish-out-of-water story "Bandslam" to be released in early 2009. Starring alongside Gaelan Connell, Aly Michalka and Lisa Kudrow, Hudgens plays a misfit who finds her voice in a coming-of-age story about a high school battle-of-the-bands competition.

Hudgens began her career at age 8 in the world of musical theatre. Early roles in such productions as "Evita," "Carousel," "The Wizard of Oz," "The King & I," "The Music Man," "Cinderella" and

"Damn Yankees" gave the actress the opportunity to showcase her impressive singing and acting skills.

She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen," starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Soon thereafter, she co-starred in the action-adventure film "Thunderbirds," and was a recurring guest star on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zach & Cody." Her television credits include "Quintuplets," "Brothers Garcia," "Still Standing" and "Robbery Homicide Division."

But it was Hudgens's role in Disney Channel's breakaway sensation "High School Musical" and its follow-up "High School Musical 2" that has garnered her much praise and attention. In 2006, Hudgens released her debut solo album "V"-a captivating variety of rock, electronic and R&B styles-and toured with the Cheetah Girls, followed by a sold-out 42-date arena concert tour of "High School Musical: The Concert." In July 2008, Hudgens released her second album "IDENTIFY" for Hollywood Records, followed by a two-month concert tour in the Unites States.

ASHLEY TISDALE (Sharpay Evans)

Actress and recording artist ASHLEY TISDALE (Sharpay Evans) is best known for her starring role as Sharpay Evans in the record-breaking and award-winning Disney Channel Original Movies "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2."

The 23-year-old actress starred in and executive produced the recent ABC Family movie "Picture This," which was a joint project by MGM and Tisdale's production company Blondie Girl Productions.

She appears in the Twentieth Century Fox feature film comedy "They Came From Upstairs," set to be released in early 2009. She is also slated to star in United Artists' upcoming feature film remake of "Teen Witch," and has signed an agreement with Freemantle Media ("American Idol") to executive produce a new television series.

Tisdale first gained a following with her role as the sweet candy-counter clerk at The Tipton hotel on Disney Channel's hit series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." Next, she lent her voice as one of the lead characters (Candace) in the Disney Channel number-one rated animated series "Phineas and Ferb." She was a series regular on "Nathan's Choice" and "The Howie Mandel Pilot." Her television credits include recurring roles on "George Lopez," "Still Standing" and "The Hughleys," as well as guest-starring roles on "Grounded for Life," "Strong Medicine," "Boston Public" and "7th Heaven."

Tisdale's first solo CD "Headstrong" debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and was certified Gold. She recently toured the country in the sold-out 42-city concert tour of "High School Musical: The Concert."

Tisdale was selected as one of US Magazine's 10 Most Powerful Girls In Hollywood, Teen People's 25 Under 25, Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood stars, and as part of Entertainment Weekly's annual "Must List" as "Must 'Musical' Prodigies."

She was discovered at age 3 in her hometown mall by Bill Perlman, a talent manager who continues to represent her. After landing a job at her very first audition, Tisdale went on to star in more than 100 national network commercials. At age 8, she booked the leading role in the national tour of the musical "Les Miserables," and then toured internationally with the Broadway musical "Annie." She also had the honor of singing at the White House at age 12.

CORBIN BLEU (Chad Danforth)

CORBIN BLEU (Chad Danforth) is a gifted young talent who has achieved a remarkable level of success as an actor and recording artist. Bleu starred in the Emmy Award«-winning Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical," returning for "High School Musical 2." He produces and stars in William Dear's "Free Style," in which he plays a young motocross racer looking to win the Amateur National Championships while supporting his family. The film is slated for an early 2009 release.

Bleu's first leading film role was in "Catch That Kid," opposite Kristen Stewart. Other film credits include "Soldier," opposite Kurt Russell; "Galaxy Quest," with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver; "Mystery Men," opposite Ben Stiller and Hank Azaria; and "Family Tree."

On the small screen, Bleu starred as a boxer turned double Dutch champion in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Jump In!" with Keke Palmer and his real-life father David Reivers. Prior to the premiere of HSM2, "Jump In!" was the most watched Disney Channel program premiering to 8.2 million viewers. Bleu's television credits also include a starring role on the Discovery Kids/NBC series "Flight 29 Down" and guest-starring roles on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," "ER," "The Amanda Show," "Cover Me" and "Malcolm & Eddie."

On stage, Bleu starred in the off-Broadway productions of "Tiny Tim Is Dead" and "Brothers of the Knight" with Debbie Allen. He attended the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy and later the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major.

Due for release in February 2009 is Bleu's second album distributed by Hollywood Records. His debut solo album "Another Side" was released in 2007 featuring the hit single "Push It to the Limit" from "Jump In!" In the summer of 2007, Bleu completed a solo 45-city concert tour. He recently released the single "Run It Back Again" from the Disney Channel Original Movie "Minutemen," which was one of the top 10 downloaded songs on iTunes. Bleu was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist.

Bleu is involved with many children's charities, including St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Starlight Starbright and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

LUCAS GRABEEL (Ryan Evans)

LUCAS GRABEEL (Ryan Evans) appears in the upcoming "Milk," the biopic of assassinated politician Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn, and the upcoming film "Lock and Roll Forever." He also appears in the drama "Alice Upside Down." Based on the successful "Alice" book series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the independent film stars Alyson Stoner, Luke Perry and Penny Marshall; it was included in the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Additionally, Grabeel's recent film credits include "College Road Trip." He starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2."

Grabeel landed his first stage role at age 12 in the high school play "Secret Garden" and went on to star in local productions of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," "Grease," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Footloose."

Grabeel's professional acting career seemed destined when, on a Los Angeles visit with his high school senior class, he was approached by a talent manager while at the Santa Monica Promenade. Upon graduation, Grabeel moved to Los Angeles and signed with that talent manager, who still represents him.

He has since amassed other credits including starring roles in the popular Disney Channel Original Movies "Return to Halloweentown" and "Halloweentown High," a recurring role on "Veronica Mars" and guest-starring roles on "'Til Death," "Boston Legal" and "Smallville," in which he played a teenage Lex Luthor.

In 2006, Grabeel toured with "High School Musical: The Concert," a sold-out 42-date arena concert tour throughout North America. After a break to film the sequel to the movie, the tour carried on through spring 2007 in Latin America. Grabeel also recorded the song "You Know I Will" for Disney's animated movie "The Fox and the Hound 2."

MONIQUE COLEMAN (Taylor McKessie)

MONIQUE COLEMAN (Taylor McKessie) is best known for her starring role in the record-breaking and award-winning Disney Channel movies "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2."

She made it to the top four on ABC's hit reality series "Dancing With The Stars," and participated in the show's live tour. She also performed in the sold-out 42-city national concert tour of "High School Musical: The Concert."

Coleman had a leading role opposite James Earl Jones in the Hallmark movie "The Reading Room," for which she received a 2006 Camie Award (Character and Morality in Entertainment). She had a recurring role on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," and also guest starred on "Boston Public," "Veronica Mars," "Gilmore Girls," "Strong Medicine" and "Malcolm in the Middle." In addition, she co-starred in the cable movie "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" with Carl Lumbly and Dule Hill, for which she was nominated for a Young Artists Award. In Sept. 2007, Coleman served as co-host of ABC's "The View."

On stage in Chicago, Coleman starred in productions of "Noises Off," "Polaroid Stories," "The Real Thing" and "The Colored Museum." She has been selected as one of Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 and Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood stars.

At a young age, Coleman enrolled in dance and piano classes and performed in more than 15 plays. After graduating from high school, she earned a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

OLESYA RULIN (Kelsi Nielsen)

OLESYA RULIN (Kelsi Nielsen) returns to her starring role as the playmaker who inspires the Wildcats with her musical arrangements.

Born and raised in a small village four hours outside of Moscow, Rulin's life changed completely when she moved to the U.S. with her family at age 7. Growing up in Salt Lake City, she studied ballet and acting and at age 12, she was discovered by Model Search for America. From that victory she was able to land an agent and began work as an actress.

Rulin's dancing and singing talent earned her the role of Kelsi, the piano-playing pixie in both "High School Musical" and its sequel.

The talented young actress co-stars in the feature film "Major Movie Star," opposite Jessica Simpson. The comedy, inspired by the hit Goldie Hawn movie "Private Benjamin," also stars Vivica Fox and Cheri Oteri. Rulin portrays Simpson's best friend in boot camp. In addition, Rulin will star opposite Billy Ray Cyrus in an independent film "Flying By."

She is passionate about rescuing animals and has fostered and/or adopted many dogs over the years.

CHRIS WARREN JR. (Zeke Baylor)

CHRIS WARREN JR. (Zeke Baylor) is one of the stars of Disney's Teen Choice and Emmy Award«-winning hit movies "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2." He portrays Zeke, the basketball player who secretly loves to bake.

Warren recently starred in "Depth Charge," a Spike TV original movie that premiered in Sept. 2008. His feature film credits include "Men of Honor," in which he shared the role portraying the first African-American Navy diver with Cuba Gooding Jr. The film also starred Robert De Niro. Warren appeared in "Love and Basketball" with Omar Epps and Sanaa Latham, "Blue Streak" with Martin

Lawrence, and "American Gun" with Forest Whitaker and Donald Sutherland. His television credits include guest-starring roles on "Just Jordan" and "The Bernie Mac Show," recurring roles on "Zoey 101," "Unfabulous," "Any Day Now" and "Becker," and three seasons in a regular series role on "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Warren's family moved to California when he was 6 years old; he booked his first LA acting job less than 48 hours after arriving. In 2002, he landed the coveted role of young 'Simba' in the Broadway production of "The Lion King" and was also part of the national tour. Warren played football for his high school (2006 Mission League Champs) as running back on offense and was named All-League Linebacker in 2006 and 2007 on defense. He hopes to release his first single in 2008.

RYNE SANBORN (Jason Cross)

RYNE SANBORN (Jason Cross) stars as Wildcat basketball player Jason Cross in the Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical 2" and its predecessor, the Emmy Award«-winning "High School Musical," which has reached more than 250 million viewers worldwide.

Sanborn (named after Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ryne Sandberg) began modeling when he was 2. He costarred in the cable movie "Not in This Town" at age 7 and has since counted guest-starring roles on "Everwood" and "Touched by an Angel" among his television credits.

At age 13, Sanborn was selected by director and choreographer Kenny Ortega to be the centerpiece of the Opening Ceremony for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Sanborn's role was to skate across the ice, lighting the hand-held lanterns along his path, until the entire Olympic Stadium was engulfed in glowing candlelight. He worked again with Ortega on "High School Musical," which filmed in Salt Lake City.

An avid hockey player, Sanborn has played on competition Utah State teams since he was 8 years old. He currently plays with the Celebrity All Star Team in various charity games across the USA. His dream is to one day play for the USA's Olympic Hockey Team and/or Snowboard Team.

KAYCEE STROH (Martha Cox)

KAYCEE STROH (Martha Cox) starred as the pop-and-lock girl in the Disney Channel Original Movies "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2."

Stroh began dancing at the age of 2, studying all forms of dancing. She eventually became a dance instructor. Her life changed forever when she took some of her dance students to a television movie audition. She caught the attention of director Kenny Ortega who cast her in the wildly popular "High School Musical" as a studious student who has a secret passion for hip-hop dancing.

Stroh guest starred on the Disney Channel series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." Her song, "My Strongest Suit," is featured on the Disney Mania 6 CD.

BART JOHNSON (Coach Jack Bolton)

BART JOHNSON (Coach Jack Bolton) reprises his role as Troy's father from Disney's global phenomenon "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2." From 2008-2009, Johnson has seven other films being released, including "The Cell 2" from the producers of "24," and a thriller from the "High School Musical" producers called "Animal."

On television, Johnson starred on the WB's drama "Hyperion Bay" with Mark-Paul Gosselaar. He has also guest starred and recurred in dozens of TV shows, including "Las Vegas," "Eve," "JAG," "CSI Miami," "Tremors," "Babylon 5," "Strong Medicine," "Clueless" and "Diagnosis Murder."

In 2008, Johnson debuted as a writer/director with an 18-minute 35mm short film entitled "The Run." Johnson took a cast and crew deep into the desert of Baja Mexico for 10 days. The film, shot entirely in Mexico, is a prelude to a feature-length film. Johnson has also penned two additional screenplays for his company Good Brothers Entertainment, both scheduled to begin production in 2008.

In 2006, Johnson bought The Johnson Mill Bed & Breakfast in Midway, Utah, which Redbook magazine named "One of the four most romantic inns in the country." In November 2008 Johnson will be driving in the off-road Baja 1000 race in Mexico. Sponsored by Monster, he will be racing a Sandrail with racing partner Ricky Schroder.

Dancer, singer and actress ALYSON REED (Ms. Darbus) brought to life the sage drama teacher in the popular Disney Channel movies "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2."

Reed has more than 37 years' professional experience in television, film and theatre. As a performer, she made her Broadway debut in Bob Fosse's "Dancin'," followed by "Oh Brother!," "Dance A Little Closer" and "Marilyn: An American Fable," for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Marilyn Monroe. Reed won both Tony« and Helen

Hayes Award nominations for her portrayal of Sally Bowles, opposite Joel Grey, in Hal Prince's revival of "Cabaret." She starred in Radio City Music Hall's "Gotta Get Away" and the Roundabout's "A Grand Night for Singing"-she can be heard on the cast album.

Other cast albums include "Oh Brother!" and "Do I Hear A Waltz?" Nationally, Reed has been seen as Catherine in "Pippin," Cassie/Val in "A Chorus Line," and Joanne Galloway in "A Few Good Men."

Film audiences may remember her portrayal as Cassie in Richard Attenborough's "A Chorus Line." Her film credits also include Blake Edward's "Skin Deep," "Shop Girl" and "Manhattan Merengue." Reed's television credits include "CSI," "Without A Trace," "Eli Stone," "ER," "NIP/TUCK," "Boston Legal" and "The George Lopez Show."

As a child, the Anaheim native worked for Disneyland-first in 1972 "Alice in Wonderland's" Alice in the holiday parade. She later performed in the theme park's entertainment groups "Disney Company" and "Kids of the Kingdom."

MATT PROKOP (Jimmy Zara)

MATT PROKOP (Jimmy Zara) is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's hottest, most coveted young stars.

He joins the cast as Jimmie "The Rocket" Zara, a basketball player who idolizes Troy Bolton.

Prokop landed the role after making appearances on the hit comedies "The Office" and "Hannah Montana."

JUSTIN MARTIN (Donny Dion)

JUSTIN MARTIN (Donny Dion) displays his musical and dance prowess in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" as the Wildcats' ball boy and best friend/partner-in-crime to fellow sophomore Jimmy "Rocket Man" Zara.

Martin found that he loved to act at age 7 when he performed in the drama department of his church. After being discovered by a local talent agent, he was put to work in Atlanta doing commercials and local theatre. Two years later, he traveled to Los Angeles for a test run of the renowned pilot season and he was able to book back-to-back roles on "The Bernie Mac Show," "Malcolm in the Middle," three national commercials and the feature film "Doing Hard Time." He returned to LA the following pilot season to book roles on "Judging Amy," "Drake and Josh" and two national commercials.

In 2005, the talented young actor was chosen for the coveted role of Young Simba in Disney's long-running "The Lion King" on Broadway. His performance drew the attention of the producers of the recent ABC adaptation of the Emmy«-nominated "A Raisin in the Sun" and he was cast opposite Tony Award«-winner Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sean Combs. The telefilm was the first TV project to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008.

In fall 2008, Martin stars in the drama "The Express," the true story of the first black Heisman Trophy winner, portraying the role of Ernie Davis as a young athlete coming of age in the 1960s. The film also stars Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown and Charles Dutton. Martin costars in "The Soloist" opposite Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.; Martin portrays Foxx's character as a boy. He also appears in "Black Water Transit" alongside Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban, Stephan Dorff and Brittany Snow.

JEMMA McKENZIE-BROWN (Tiara Gold)

JEMMA McKENZIE-BROWN (Tiara Gold) was cast from thousands of hopefuls to play the new sophomore transfer student at East High.

In her native England, McKenzie-Brown has appeared in "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" alongside Jane Horrocks. Recently, she guest starred as Irena Ryfield in an episode of the television series "M.I. High." For BBC Radio, she voiced a lead role in "The Monstrous Mother."

McKenzie-Brown attends the highly prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, where she has been a full-time student since 2005. The Sylvia Young Theatre School is considered to be at the forefront of theatre schools in the United Kingdom. A resident of East Yorkshire, McKenzie-Brown makes a 3.5-hour journey every Monday to stay with a boarding family in London to attend the esteemed school during the week.

She has been training in performing arts from a young age and it was her local dancing school (Pamela Gray Dancing Academy) that suggested she join the specialist school in London to further her vocational and academic studies.

MANLY ORTEGA (Boi Evans) made his acting debut as the ostentatious canine sidekick to drama diva and country club queen Sharpay Evans, in the Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical 2." He reprises his role for the upcoming big-screen feature film.

Master Manly Little Pickles of Fulton and Weddington (as his pedigree certificate reads) was a gift to Emmy Award«-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega.

Like many showbiz legends that have come before him, Manly, a Yorkshire Terrier, was discovered by sheer luck while visiting Ortega during the HSM2 rehearsals. As he worked on a chew toy, the brown-haired pup was spotted by Ashley Tisdale, who suggested to the producers that he'd be the perfect accessory for her character Sharpay.

Once plucked from the obscurity of his dog carrier and given the chance to shine on the small screen, newcomer Manly impressed the cast and crew with his self-assured, natural ability to nail his close-ups, allowing him to coast into the role of Sharpay's dog, Boi. Although Boi is a boy, Sharpay loves to dress him in an assortment of ensembles that coordinate with her own look.

Manly currently resides in Los Angeles and is often seen canoodling with another Yorkie named Noodle. On the first day of production for HSM3, he became a father when Noodle gave birth to six puppies.

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