Audition Song Suggestions for High School Musical On Stage! – by Character
Written by Leryn Turlington
September 22, 2020
Get’cha head in the… audition? Let Performer Stuff’s expert musical theatre audition song coaches find your perfect audition song for High School Musical On Stage! Our recommendations come with links to purchase sheet music or an audition cut found on PerformerStuff.com. For further study, we provide links to listen to audition songs on both Youtube and a Spotify playlist. Break a leg with your audition for High School Musical On Stage! Be sure to let us know if the audition song worked for you!
Audition song suggestions for the character Troy Bolton (tenor)
Troy is the star of East High’s basketball team under the watchful eye of his father, who happens to be his coach. He returns from summer vacation having discovered not only a love for singing, but also a new love interest named Gabriella. Although he is expected to remain loyal to the team and to his father, he and Gabriella spend the play creating ripples in the high school social dynamic as they fight to stay true to themselves.
“I Want To Make Magic” from Fame
“Play My Music” from Disney’s Camp Rock
Audition song suggestions for the character Chad Danforth (tenor)
Chad is Troy’s best friend and fellow basketball star. He cares deeply about the championship and when he learns that Troy isn’t focusing on the game the way he should, he works together with Taylor to end the distraction. Eventually, he learns that there might be more to life than just basketball and learns from Troy and Gabriella’s bravery. He is a natural leader, quick on the court and off, and may have an interest in Taylor.
“Bad, Bad News” from 13: The Musical
“Push It to the Limit” from Jump In!
Audition song suggestions for the character Zeke Baylor (baritone)
Another member of the Wildcats basketball team, Zeke is an energetic supporting player with a few secrets– a crush on Sharpay and a love of baking. He is another example of high school culture pressuring students to stick to the “status quo” instead of cultivating their own individuality.
“Dancin’ on the Sidewalk” from Fame
“Those Magic Changes” from Grease
Audition song suggestions for the character Sharpay Evans (mezzo)
Sharpay is the self-pronounced ‘star’ of East High who is not-so-subtly enraged by new student Gabriella’s beautiful singing voice, plus Troy’s affection for her (which she craves). She is Ryan Evans’ older twin and together they dominate the drama club, often playing opposite leading roles. Their paths diverge, however, when Sharpay goes too far to sabotage Troy and Gabriella’s chance to star in the school musical.
“My Strongest Suit” from AIDA
“Roxie” from Chicago
Audition song suggestions for the character Ryan Evans (tenor)
Ryan is the shadow to Sharpay’s sun, despite being just as talented. Together they dominate the East High drama club, often playing opposite each other. Ryan seems very complacent to follow Sharpay’s command, but he eventually speaks out when she has gone too far to destroy Troy and Gabriella.
“I Can Do That” from A Chorus Line
“Nicest Kids in Town” from Hairspray
Audition song suggestions for the character Gabriella Montez (alto)
Gabriella is new to East High but finds a familiar face in Troy, whom she met on her family vacation over the summer. They discovered a mutual love of singing together, but back at school they are reminded of their place among the cliques and labels. Gabriella is torn between her love of science and her new passion for performing in the same way that Troy is torn between basketball and his new passion. Gabriella is intelligent, loyal, and sees above the ruthlessness of the “status quo.”
“Let’s Play a Love Scene” from FAME
“One Perfect Moment” from Bring It On: The Musical
Audition song suggestions for the character Taylor McKessie (alto)
Taylor is the president of the science club who very quickly discovers Gabriella’s gifts and potential as a competitor. She recruits her onto the decathlon team, but like Chad, notices that this obsession with musicals and her romance with Troy is distracting her. She works together with Chad to bring them back to earth, but eventually realizes the harm she is doing and finds a way to support the two and their dreams.
“Killer Instinct” from Bring It On: The Musical
“All Hail the Brain” from 13: The Musical
Audition song suggestions for the Ensemble Characters (all vocal types)
Cliques like the jocks, thespians, brainiacs, as well as other members of the school and its faculty.
Audition song suggestions for a Soprano:
“I See the Light” from Tangled
“It Won’t Be Long Now” from In the Heights
Audition song suggestions for a Mezzo:
“Fearless” from Mean Girls
“A Guy That I’d Kinda Be Into” from Be More Chill
Audition song suggestions for an Alto:
“Lost in the Brass” from Band Geeks
“I Got This” from Freaky Friday
Audition song suggestions for a Tenor:
“Two-Player Game” from Be More Chill
“You Shine” from Carrie
Audition song suggestions for a Baritone:
“More Than Survive” from Be More Chill
“Bet On It” from High School Musical 2
Listen to a Spotify playlist of these audition songs for High School Musical on Stage! here:
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