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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 another big show on the stage. 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!*
What will High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 be about?
Get ready to scream because the Wildcats are coming back for season 3. 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 HSMTMTS 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.
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. It has not been confirmed how many episodes she will appear in.
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.
What is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3's release date?
Disney+ doesn't have a release date for the show's third season, but since the show has wrapped filming, hopefully it'll only be about a few more months until it returns.
Disney+ subscriptions start at $7.99/month, or $13.99/month with the Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle.
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