In just eight short episodes, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has developed a devoted fan base. Whether it’s a love for the show’s storyline or praise for amount of diversity and representation, a scroll through the #HSMTMTS hashtag quickly shows that showrunner Tim Federle and his team are creating some serious magic. And while the show takes place in the ~real world~ outside of the High School Musical universe, we’ve been blessed with some of the best Wildcat cameos so far.
When the show premiered, no one knew whether or not any of the original stars from the films would come back to appear in the series. Sure, we heard rumors, but nothing is concrete until it's on screen. But so far in season one, two OG Wildcats have come back to surprise the kids of East High and let me warn you: Their scenes will without a doubt make you cry.
The first cameo to happen on HSMTMTS came from the queen of hip hop, cheerleading, and fun. That’s right, Martha Cox herself: KayCee Stroh.
In the sixth episode, the kids of East High are fighting for their drama teacher to keep their job. And who is sitting on the school board? Yep, none other than KayCee! And of course, it wouldn’t be complete if she didn’t hit us with an iconic “pop, lock, jam, and break.” Needless to say, fans online were obsessed.
But the cameos didn’t stop there. In episode eight, East High’s drama teacher is going through a bit of a personal crisis when she gets frightened by a mannequin backstage and passes out. #TheaterProblems. So naturally, a dream session straight out of Grease ensues and her guardian angel is none other than Lucas Grabeel AKA Ryan Evans.
Lucas proceeds to serenade Miss Jenn with a gorgeous song that had our would-be Wildcat hearts in tears. It was truly a gorgeous moment, and fans of the show agreed.
In an interview with E! News, Lucas described the entire HSM journey as "surreal," adding: "It's such a strange thing that High School Musical has continued to not only stay a prevalent part of my life, but constantly evolve as well. It hasn't necessarily gone away in all aspects, it just kind of changes, and I have new generations of kids and families and people of all ages coming up to me and talking to me about it, and it's just never going to not be weird." In the best way possible, of course!
While we don’t know if more members of the OG cast will be making cameos on the series, we wouldn’t be too surprised if they do. Here’s hoping more Wildcats pop up in the halls of East High — hey, we already know Zac Efron is down.
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