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Youtheatre takes on ‘High School Musical’

ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

Piled up behind a booth on Main Street, the young cast of "High School Musical" sang at the Park Silly Sunday Market, but only for a half hour. Jane Talley, the show’s director, said the kids needed to save their voices in the dry summer heat. "High School Musical" will have its Egyptian Theatre Stage debut Saturday.

The Egyptian Theatre Company’s Youtheatre performance will star 28 players, most within the age range of 10 years to 18 years aside from the actors cast as a teacher and a coach, and they’ve been working at a feverish pace, four hours a day. Rehearsals began only two short weeks ago.

"It’s been an exciting show to put together," said Greg Neff, 18, who plays the male lead and high school basketball-playing heartthrob, Troy Bolton. "It’s almost suicidal, but it’s great."

Sunday afternoon however, the cast appeared confident and eager to perform songs about the trials and tribulations at the musical’s high school, East High with lyrics about fitting in, summer vacation and love.

"Jane’s a great director," said 12-year-old Gracie Brletic, who will play Sharpay, a girl with unrequited affection for Troy. "She’s really patient, especially since all of us are crazy the way we talk we try to stop, but sometimes it’s hard."

Brletic, along with several other cast members, is from outside of Utah. Brletic and Sierra Black,