Wiregrass Newsroom: High School Musical Onstage cast gears up for opening night

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- The sound coming from the stage at the Dothan Opera House is one many have come to love.  It's the sound of High School Musical.

"A lot of the mothers that call say, 'my kid knows all the words to all the songs,'" says the General Manager of Southeast Alabama Community Theater, Jim McGee.

From the big screen, to the big stage, SEACT's production of High School Musical ONSTAGE is gearing up.

As final preparations are being made cast members say they can't wait.

"It's such a fun show, the mostly teenage cast.  And there's a lot of energy, a lot of positivity, so we're all really excited," says Rachel Saliba, who plays Gabriella Montez in the production.

"I'm really anxious to see all the people. I think everything's going to be a little different when people come in, but I'm really excited right now," says William Dorminy, who plays Troy Bolton.

Excited--the cast and fans alike.

SEACT leaders say despite the economic crunch, it hasn't really affected ticket sales.

"The interest level has been nothing short of phenomenal," says McGee.

He says the show is already 80% sold out--something Wil Bernstrom, who plays Ryan Evans, is glad to see.

"I'm really looking forward to actually getting up there. I love having an audience and just getting up there and just doing it."

But even more than perfoming, there's one thing cast members say means the most.

"I've really enjoyed getting to meet new friends that share a similar interest as I do," says Jordan Hamner, who plays Ryan's sister, Sharpay.

"That's really been my favorite part to get to be on stage with people that are my age, my peers, and people from other schools that I might not have known before now," says Saliba.

"It's really a unifying experience," adds Dorminy.

It's an experience that fans will share when the curtain is raised.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney