(LINDEN, NJ) -- Mystic Vision Players, the resident theatre of Linden, is currently presenting Disney's High School Musical to the Linden stage. The play brings us back to East High School and the Romeo & Juliet story of budding romance in front of the footlights with direction by Howard Whitmore, choreography by LHS dance teacher, Barbara Brady, and music direction by Christynn Morris. Photographer John Posada was on hand one night to take some photos.
This exciting story about following your dreams and going against the status quo is brought to life by Linden's own stars such as Angel Gonzalez portraying “Troy Bolton,” Tiajah Elliott and Rashaan Billups as sister-brother duo “Sharpay and Ryan Evans,” Yostin Campo as “Chad Danforth,” and Roxie Billups as “Taylor McKessie headlining a cast of 31 talented actors singing and dancing their way through this intense score.
I adore playing Sharpay because she is absolutely fabulous in every way!” says Tiajah Elliott about her star-making role. “Sharpay gives me the confidence to be fierce, strong minded, and a queen.”
“It always makes my summer to see so many new faces taking the chance and putting in the work to make an incredible show,” Whitmore said. “They spend so many hours rehearsing just to make it as great as it can be for the audiences, and it really gives them a chance to show off for a crowd.”
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Remaining performances are July 24 at 3:00pm; July 29 & 30 at 8:00pm at the Susan L. Hudak Auditorium, 121 W. St. Georges Avenue in Linden, New Jersey. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens on sale now at mysticvisionplayers.com.
Mystic Vision Players is centered on casting the very best actors for every role and creating a culture committed to bringing diverse and equitable opportunities to everyone in our community. The directors ensure that MVP auditions, casting, and productions will continue to be inclusive of actors of any race, ability, gender, age, and sexuality. Mystic Vision Players is a non-profit theatre company founded in 1992 and the resident theatre company of the Linden NJ dedicated to education and entertainment showcasing of all types of performing arts. MVP consistently receives critical & audience acclaim with numerous awards recognition from the NJ Association of Community Theaters including the auspicious Community Theatre of the Year Award.
ALL PHOTOS BY JOHN POSADA - If your theatre company is interested in having John Posada cover your plays, contact New Jersey Stage at email@example.com. He has taken photos during live performances and dress rehearsals.
John Posada is a New Jersey based photographer specializing in live theatre and music performances. For more than 10 years, John has photographed live music events where he mastered the techniques of timing and capturing fast moving action under challenging lighting conditions to capture that perfect moment that tells a story in a single image. Currently, John has photographed over 70 productions for over 40 different theatres. Click here for John's website.