When Disney’s streaming service Disney+ launches, the platform promises to have tons of new content, and one of which fans are excited for is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Now, thanks to People, we get our first look at the upcoming series that takes us back to East High School, and will follow a new group of students who are putting on their school’s theatrical production of High School Musical.
“Doing theater is all about finding your tribe,” creator and showrunner Tim Federle told PEOPLE. “I can’t wait till the world meets the crazy-talented new tribe of High School Musical: the Musical: the Series.”
The 10-episode series will take place 15 years after the original film. The series will have new songs, with reinterpretations of of songs from the original film as well.
The series stars Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Kate Reinders, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Renee, Julia Lester, Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein, and Mark St. Cyr.
Bassett plays Ricky, a “skate rat” junior auditioning to be the lead to prove himself to his ex-girlfriend, Nini (Rodrigo), who just got back from theater camp “after finding her voice, her confidence, and her new boyfriend.” Nini also has two moms, which makes us want to “Bop to the Top.”
Reinders joins as Miss Jenn, the “high-energy, low-reality drama teacher who believes musicals can save lives.” She’s often at odds with St. Cyr’s Mr. Mazzara, the kids’ S.T.E.M. teacher who’s all about preparing his students for the reality of the world.
Wylie plays Gina, an “ambitious and entitled” transfer student “with as many skeletons in the closet as she has credits on her résumé.” She’s not happy that she got placed as the understudy. Cornett’s E.J. is co-captain of the water polo team, senior class treasurer, a trust fund baby, and he’s eyeing the lead role in High School Musical: The Musical.
Disney is set to premiere the first episode of High School Musical: the Musical: the Series for fans this Friday, August 23 at the company’s bi-annual D23 Expo. Disney+ launches on November 12.