Interesting Facts About "High School Musical"

by Chelsea Oliver

"High School Musical" is a 2006 made-for-television film produced by the Disney Channel. As the name suggests, the film is a musical based on the lives of high school students and is designated as a comedy, drama and family-friendly movie. The characters and songs in "High School Musical" led it to become wildly popular with children and teenagers, and many of the featured actors have enjoyed success since it emerged.

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Actors

"High School Musical" stars, most notably, Zac Efron as Troy Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez and Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans. The success of this television film became a stepping-stone in the careers of these actors, who went on to enjoy relative success in the entertainment industry. Efron starred in theater-released films such as "17 Again" and "Charlie St.Cloud," while Hudgens starred in "Suckerpunch" and "Beastly" and Tisdale starred in the television series "Hellcats."

Director

Kenny Ortega was born in 1950, in the state of California. The director of all three of Disney's "High School Musical" films, Ortega has directed many television movies and series, such as "Ally McBeal" and "Grounded for Life," while also dabbling in producing, writing and acting. Ortega is known for donating the proceeds of his work to the "Make a Wish Foundation" for children.

Budget, Television Ratings and Sequels

"High School Musical" was produced using a budget of just over $4 million, and generated nearly 8 million viewers when it was first aired on television in 2006. The great commercial success of this television film led to the production of several sequels. "High School Musical 2," aired in 2008, brought in nearly double the amount of viewers as the first film, at approximately 17 million. Tisdale, Efron and Hudgens reprised their roles in this sequel, as well as in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year."

Awards

"High School Musical" has won a number of awards. In 2006, the Casting Society of America gave two of the film's workers an Artios Award for Best Children's TV Programming, and Kenny Ortega won both an ALMA award and a Director's Guild of America award for his achievements as director of the film in 2007. "High School Musical" won two Emmys in 2006 as well -- one for Outstanding Children's Program and one for Outstanding Choreography. "High School Musical" also won a Golden Reel award and a Teen Choice award in 2007 and 2006 respectively.

Filming Locations and Production

"High School Musical" was filmed in Utah. Two main locations were used in Utah for the movie, the first being Salt Lake City's East High School. Scenes were also filmed at Murray High School, in the city of Murray. In addition the Disney channel, "High School Musical" was also produced in part by the companies Salty Pictures and First Street Films.