If you’re hooked on ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’, you’ve undoubtedly fallen in love with Kate Reinders and her character, Miss Jenn. Well, get in line!
If you’ve obtained a Disney+ subscription — and I do know you do — you’ve possible already binged the primary three episodes of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. I’ll then assume that, like myself, you’ve immediately fell in love with the brand new class of East High. What it lacks in Baby Yoda appearances, it makes up for with unimaginable musical performances, contemporary younger stars, and storylines never-before-seen on the Disney community. Enter Kate Reinders, who performs Miss Jenn, the seemingly fearless chief of the drama membership and director of the college’s very meta manufacturing of High School Musical. Kate, who made a reputation for herself on the Great White Way in reveals like Wicked and Beautiful, chatted with us in regards to the wonderful new tackle the franchise and the way her character suits in with the lives of the brilliant, younger college students and forged.
“I swear, I was the youngest for so long, and then I woke up, and I don’t know when it happened exactly, but now I’m the mom,” Kate teases. “I imply, I’m actually a mother, however I’m additionally the present mother, and I really find it irresistible. I love being the present mother. These youngsters are nice. I can’t imagine their expertise each day. They hold blowing me away. I believe I understand how a lot they’ll do, after which they do extra, and I’m simply attempting to maintain up with them!” She’s doing fairly a job of that to this point. While Miss Jenn has but to grow to be the point of interest of the present in it’s first three episodes, small Easter Eggs about precisely who she is and why she’s so eager to direct this specific present proceed to pop up. Kate admits that whereas there is perhaps lots of thriller behind her character to the viewers, she understood Miss Jenn nearly instantly.
“Miss Jen and I basically had the same childhood,” Kate explains. “Small town, American middle class — very late bloomers. We both found our place in theater, found a group of friends, found acceptance. We were theater nerds with big dreams, and then we both moved to New York to pursue those dreams.” Along with understanding her background, Kate confesses she’s additionally very acquainted with the journey that Miss Jenn will finally undergo within the first season of the present; once more, since she went by one thing related herself. “You get to a certain age and you’re like, ‘Wait, what am I doing? Why did I think this was a good idea when I moved here? What else could I do? What else is in me?’ That’s the crossroads that Miss Jenn is at where the show begins, and this show is taking her on that journey of who is she now and who could she possibly be.”
And who she actually is seems to be an even bigger query than anybody initially realizes. In the newest episode, ‘The Wonderstudies,’ Miss Jenn finds herself with a goal on her again, as Mr. Mazzara, performed by Mark St. Cyr, begins to dig deeper into her previous. His jealously over the quantity of consideration — and funding — her theater group is getting over his Robotics crew sends him on a mission to show her darkish secrets and techniques. Turns out, Miss Jenn (if that’s even her actual identify!) might have fudged fairly a number of particulars on her resume, together with her credentials as a trainer. But in a strong second defending her college students from his scrutiny, she proudly faces off with Mr. Mazzara and says, “I’m here because I believe in these kids, not because all of them are going to be Broadway stars, but because they won’t.”
“We just have so much fun hitting the ball back and forth,” Kate admits about working with Mark. “As the show goes on, you’ll see that neither he nor I are exactly what we seem. We have layers, and our layers will meet layers.”
The similar might be mentioned of the present, typically, as Disney+ is giving it license to take the plot in unexpected instructions. For instance, within the first episode, a younger man named Seb auditions and finally lands the position of Sharpay within the manufacturing. The position is performed by Joe Serafini, a proficient senior on the University of Michigan. The casting selection has but to be particularly addressed on the present, and lots of followers speculate that gender-bending the position might result in the present having a really open dialogue about teenagers and gender roles in 2019. Kate assures me, with out giving an excessive amount of away, that Seb may have his second to shine by the season’s finish. “This is the thing,” she says. “What’s so great about our show is that we have time. You don’t meet these kids for 5 seconds; you meet them, and then you get to know them, and that’s true for our regulars and our recurrings.” She then added, ” I don’t need to spoil something, however I’ll let you know he sings in [Sharpay’s] key and he sings it higher than you’ve ever heard it ever, ever, ever. He may do it eight occasions every week, the other way up, spinning round.”
As the primary season begins closing in on the half manner level, the forged will quickly be again at it in Salt Lake City, Utah, as earlier than even a single episode aired, Disney+ renewed it for a second season. While the scholars have been shocked by the announcement earlier this fall, Kate admits she noticed it coming. “We are very excited. I, of course, am not surprised because the kids are so talented. There’s no way they could keep that locked in a box for long, and it needs more than one season.”
But the query stays — what would a second season appear like? If the primary season ends with the opening night time manufacturing of High School Musical, what may the children presumably do subsequent? Why, placed on one other present, after all! As to what that present is perhaps …
“[Creator] Tim Federle has it picked out,” Kate confesses. “I know it’s going to be better than what I could think of. I want to do them all. I want all of these kids to have big, huge moments to shine. They do already, but they will have more.”
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is streaming now on Disney+