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The stage is set for another season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and fans can't get enough of their favorite Wildcats as they bring us another big show. Season 2 ended in July 2021, so we can't help but wonder all about season 3 and what's in store for our favorite characters. So when are we going to go back to East High for another semester?
Here's everything you need to know about High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3.
*Major spoilers for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 2 below!*
When does High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 come out?
It's official — season 3 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is hitting Disney+ on July 27, 2022! New episodes will be available to stream weekly on Wednesdays, but until then, we'll be rewatching this first look at season 3 which dropped on May 20, 2022.
And, if this news couldn't get any better, Disney+ has already greenlit the beloved series for a fourth season, which means we'll get to see our fave Wildcats again!
What will High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 be about?
Just six weeks after season two aired its season finale, Disney+ confirmed High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is heading back to the small screen in an announcement video on Twitter.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) September 13, 2021
According to Deadline, season 3 will follow the students as they bid farewell to East High for summer fun at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleep-away camp in California. The new season will be packed with "campfires, summer romances, and curfew-less nights" as the Wildcats prep for the camp's summer production of Frozen. That means HSM:TM:TS swapped filming locations while filming season 3, moving from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles in order to accommodate the nature-friendly vibe of a summer camp.
Music from Frozen, Camp Rock, and of course, High School Musical will be featured in the upcoming season.
While we don't have all eight episode titles of season 3 yet, we do know that the premiere episode is named "Happy Campers," according to the show's IMDb page. Per Just Jared Jr., the series opener will not only portray the Wildcats' arrival to Camp Shallow Lake, but will also introduce some new faces to the East High students.
Is there a trailer for HSM:TM:TS season 3?
Yes! It's about to be the start of something new because on June 29, Disney+ dropped the official trailer for HSM:TM:TS season 3. In the two-minute clip, the Wildcats have arrived at Camp Shallow Lake and we catch a sneak peek into the high-stakes audition process for the summer production of Frozen. The trailer also includes a couple quick glimpses of Olivia Rodrigo as Nini, although it seems her character is not up at camp with the rest of the Wildcats.
Oh, but that's not all. There's a handful of surprise guest appearances this season, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) AND JoJo Siwa. She gives us a "What's up Wildcats?!" in the trailer, and it's everything. Check out the full clip below and (if you haven't already) make sure to mark your calendars for July 27.
How about photos?
Heads up, wildcats — we officially have new pics from the upcoming season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series! All of our faves Ricky, Gina, EJ, Kourtney, Ashlyn, Natalie, and Carlos are ready for an unforgettable summer at Camp Shallow Lake. Plus, there are two new faces in the HSM crew, played by Meg Donnelly and Adrian Lyles. We simply love to see it!
Will Olivia Rodrigo return?
Fans speculated whether Olivia, who plays Nini, would come back following her global success as a newly-minted pop star. On March 8, Entertainment Tonight reported that Olivia will step down from her lead role to a recurring role in season 3. On May 20, Deadline confirmed that Olivia will be appearing in season three as a guest star.
In an interview on The Zach Sang Show on December 22, 2021, Joshua Bassett, who plays Ricky, was asked if he was nervous to return to set for the upcoming season following his alleged drama with Olivia. "I am not, I'm very excited," the actor and singer-songwriter said. "I think we have a really, really awesome season lined up and... it's gonna be, truly, a blast."
Who else will come back to the cast?
The main cast to return as series regulars for season 3 includes Joshua, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, and Frankie Rodriguez. Kate Reinders and Olivia Rose Keegan will also return as recurring cast members.
On January 18, 2022, it was announced that Disney Channel alums Corbin Bleu (an OG Wildcat who played Chad Danforth in the franchise) and Jason Earles (star of Hannah Montana) will be joining the cast for season 3. Corbin stars as a fictional version of himself, while Jason plays Dewey Wood, the "stone-faced, killjoy" Camp Shallow Lake director. This won't be Jason's first time on the HSMTMTS set, however — he joined the production for the show's first two seasons as the cast's acting coach and mentor.
Other cast members to join are Adrian Lyles, who plays the "mysterious" new kid Jet, and Saylor Bell, who appears as the brilliant "techie" at camp. Meg Donnelly — another Disney Channel star — plays Val, the amusing college-aged camp counselor and choreographer for the summer production.
Entertainment Tonight also revealed 3 new guest stars set to appear in the upcoming season. Ben Stillwell, who previously starred in Teen Wolf and Murder in the First, will play Channing, a cameraman for the docuseries about the camp's production of Frozen. Aria Brooks from Disney's Better Nate Than Ever will play Alex, an eighth grader and camper at Camp Shallow Lake. Lastly, singer Liamani Segura will appear as Emmy, another eighth grader and first-time camper.
Has High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 started filming?
Yes — and it's a wrap! Season 3 started filming in January 2022 in Los Angeles, and on April 13, Matt Cornett (who plays EJ) and HSMTMTS showrunner Tim Federle confirmed that production has wrapped. Matt posted a shot of an ice cream truck (and one extremely good-looking ice cream sundae) on his Instagram Story, writing, "Best. Wrap food. Ever. Thank you @timfederle." The writer and director reposted Matt's story, penning, "Ice cream means it's over."
On May 14, 2022, Dara Reneé also posted a photo slideshow commemorating the Wildcats' last day on set. In it, there's a super cute video of the cast enjoying their time at Camp Shallow Lake, a.k.a the new setting for the show's third season. "Never too late to celebrate Shallow Lake!! That’s a wrap on Season 3!! So grateful to have worked with so MANY AMAZING TALENTED EXTRAORDINARY, BRILLIANT PEOPLE IN FRONT AND BEHIND THE CAMERA!!❤️," Dara wrote.
Yay! We are so much closer to seeing our fave Wildcats again.
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