With the message it's okay to be who you are, this year Miami High School is producing, "High School Musical on Stage!"
It will be performed on the stage of the Coleman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students and $7 each for those in groups of 15 or more.
Since it's first performance on Broadway, "High School Musical on Stage!" has become the fifth most performed play in American high schools, according to Time magazine.
Under the direction of Miami High School drama teacher Danny Dillon, the play is not exactly what teenagers are familiar with from the television version.
Several new songs have been added as well as a new character, who sort of narrates activities as was done in the classical Greek plays.
Tyler Lawson, Miami native and son of Susan Blalock, plays Jack Scott, the narrator character.
“I see my character as almost two dimensional,” Lawson said. “In the classroom he's more quiet and private, but when he gets into the school newsroom he becomes more suave and put together.
“In the newsroom he takes off his mask and becomes more himself, he's not being judged by anybody.”
Lawson, who was a member of choir and show choir while attending Will Rogers Middle School, participated in his first musical play in “Bye-Bye Birdie” as a freshman at Miami High School.
Since then he has performed in 13 plays with Miami High School and Miami Little Theatre.
Now a senior, he plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma or Oklahoma City University and major in musical theater.
Lawson spent part of this summer's vacation in New York City so he could see several Broadway musicals.
One, “Legally Blonde,” includes the character Lawson would love to play.
“Emmett Forrest is an assistant professor at Harvard,” Lawson said. “He teaches the main character that to get to where you want to go you have to believe in yourself.
“That's a lesson I've already learned.”
In addition to Lawson, the cast for “High School Musical on Stage!” includes Faith Johnson, Meghann Tipton, Abrina Kneeland, Jordan Parker, Kaylee Douthit, Derekka Dillon, Rylie Kinsey, Veronica Coper, Courtney Forkum, James Redden, Jordan Hessee, James Pickens, Kaden Nicholas, Seth Rhodes, Johnathan Brice, Caleb Thyer, Zach Clark, Shelby Porter, Lori Graham, Miranda Schartz, Madeline Osborn, Tori Edington, David Helm, Brigitte Nielsen, Abbie Sherman, Bridget Baird, Carly McQueen, Chastity Clintick, Keeton Lewis, Hilary Wright, Shelby Ogle, Mariah Braz, Eric Duesler, Caleb Owens, Brittany Ellis, Casey Cantwell, Joesph Matthews, Elizebeth Nixon, Robert Lake, Nichole Gotchal, Kayla O' Brien, Jacob Wilson and Charlsee Eberly.
Ron Stowell, Miami High School vocal teacher is the music director for the play.
Choreography and dance instruction is being done by Catiri Leonard.
The set was rented from a theater in Springfield, Mo., and has been assembled and “touched up” by the cast and crew.
Costumes have not been a problem since the play is set currently in a high school.
“I think people are going to love this show,” Dillon said. “It's a celebration of youth.”