Candlelight will be holding auditions for:

Disney's High School Musical

Book by David Simpatico

Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini

Direction by Carrie Colton

Associate Direction by Chas Lederer

Choreography by Carrie Colton

Music Direction by Jalyn Webb and Mason Siders

Actors of all abilities, ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals begin May 28th, 2024

Show run is June 26th to September 8, 2024

Auditions will take place on February 20th between 10am and 6pm. Callbacks will take place on February 27th by invitation only. Those that receive a callback may be given materials to prepare. ALL AUDITIONERS MUST BE 18 OR OLDER.


  • Prepare a musical selection in the style of the show (16 bars).
  • Bring sheet music with the appropriate key and cuts. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Prepare a 60 second monologue.
  • Bring a current headshot and resume.
If you have questions, please contact Kate Vallee (Artistic Director) at KATE@COLORADOCANDLELIGHT.COM


Character Descriptions

Actors of all ages (must be 18 or older), ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities are encouraged to audition. In reference to the character descriptions below — most characters we encounter currently are in the gender binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns in the descriptions. While the descriptions may sound limiting, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicity. Please let us know if you have questions, concerns, or if there is accommodation we can provide.

Troy Bolton (Any Race/Ethnicity - Male Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range: B3 to B5

The most popular kid at East High, he is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what people want him to be. Troy discovers his love for music but refuses to admit it. Athletic, attractive, and a true leader. He becomes smitten with Gabriella.

Gabriella Montez (Hispanic/Latinx - Female Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range: F3 to E5

The new girl in school. She is trying to blend in and avoid ‘labels’ at her new school. Eventually becomes Troy’s romantic counterpart. Pretty, shy, and smart.

Sharpay Evans (Any Race/Ethnicity - Female Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range: A3 to F5

The egocentric diva star of the school musicals, she is Ryan’s older twin and the alpha dog. She thinks being the musical star defines her and clutches the title like her life depends on it, no matter the cost to others.

Ryan Evans (Any Race/Ethnicity - ALL Gender Identities)

High School Student - Vocal Range: B3 to B5

Sharpay’s fraternal twin and a self-delusional ‘star in the making.’ They typically feel the brunt of Sharpay’s attacks and live in her shadow. Although they possess a diva exterior, they yearn to change.

Chad Danforth (Any Race/Ethnicity - Male Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range A3 to B5

Troy’s best friend. A star basketball player, part of the jocks, and second in command of the basketball team. Extremely focused on winning his school’s basketball championship, but is slowly understanding that there might be more to this world, including his sparring crush on Taylor.

Taylor McKessie (Any Race/Ethnicity - Female Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range: G3 to C5

The competitive head Brainiac of the school and President of the Science Club. She convinces Gabriella to join the Science Decathlon team. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, which she hides.

Zeke Baylor (Any Race/Ethnicity - Male Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range: B3 to G5

A basketball player on the Wildcats Team. Energetic and charismatic. He has two secrets: a crush on Sharpay and a love for baking, which he is happy and relieved to eventually reveal.

Jack Scott (Any Race/Ethnicity - All Gender Identities)

High School Student - Vocal Range: B3 to G5

The resident P.A. Announcer for the high school. He is shy and insecure in front of the rest of the kids, but smooth and confident at the mic. Known as the “Velvet Fog of East High.”

Kelsi Nielsen (Any Race/Ethnicity - Female Presenting)

High School Student - Vocal Range: A3 to D5

The drama club’s rehearsal pianist and student extraordinaire who is having her musical produced at school. Underneath her shy demeanor, Kelsi is an outspoken firecracker. Must be able to play piano.

Ms. Darbus (Any Race/Ethnicity - Female Presenting)

High School Teacher (Age 30+)

The kooky, eccentric Drama Club teacher. She has her self-absorbed moments but is still devoted to her students and constantly encourages them. Passionate about the art of theater.

Coach Bolton (Any Race/Ethnicity - Male Presenting)

High School Teacher (Age 30+)

The stern basketball coach and Troy’s dad. He lost the big game years ago and wants his son to succeed where he failed. Blinded by his ambition for his son, he is still a good guy and proud father.

Ensemble (Any Race/Ethnicity - All Gender Identities)

Jocks; Thespians; Skaters; Cheerleaders; Party Kids; Adults; Brainiacs; Spectators


Pay starts at $60 per show and increases to $75 per show based on how many productions a performer has been in at Candlelight. Rehearsal fee is $600. Generally there are a minimum of 5 shows per week, with a minimum run of eight weeks of performances. We are a dinner theater and additional opportunities for compensation are available if you choose to work in the restaurant side of our business in addition to performing.

Candlelight has an Operations Handbook and therefore does not use the Community Theater Standards document. Our Operations Handbook will be available at auditions for perusal.

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