SALT Performing Arts Presents School Musical With 3 Incredible Casts! February 10 – March 5, 2023

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CHESTER SPRINGS, PA — Wildcats everywhere wave your hands up in the air because SALT presents Disney Channel’s High School Musical with three casts: Traditional, Adult, and with the Acting Antics All-Abilities crew.

Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. With all the hits you want to see and hear from the movie, Disney’s High School Musical is fun for the whole family!

“In the spirit of starting something new, we’re producing High School Musical trifold with three equally amazing casts,”  comments Lauren McComas, President and Artistic Director of SALT Performing Arts. “All three are bopping to the top and wiping away their inhibitions in their own personal way. In keeping with one of the main HSM themes that it’s okay to feel uncomfortable when you’re trying something new – but it’s not okay to let that stop you, we have seasoned performers as well as some that are not sticking to the status quo, and are instead following their dreams to go go go! I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them.”

Melissa Ferkler, Director of Acting Antics, agrees, “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with SALT for the fifth year. This experience is priceless for everyone involved.”

Three cast details

  • Traditional Cast (whereby teens play teens and adults play adults) performs February 10-19.
  • All-Adult Cast (a fun “miscast”, whereby adults play ALL the roles, living out their teen dreams) performs February 24-26.
  • Acting Antics Cast (whereby actors of all abilities perform the Junior version of the show) performs March 3-5. 100% of proceeds from this weekend of ticket sales goes directly to Acting Antics Inc.

Traditional cast 

Troy Bolton: Dylan Loraw, Gabrielle Montez: Anasia Prado, Sharpay Evans: Abbie Parker, Ryan Evans: Tommy Linkins, Chad Danforth, Troy u/s: Jack Dungan, Taylor McKessie, Sharpay u/s: Lorelei Miller, Kelsi Nielson: Madison Ritter, Ms. Darbus: Wendy Mirto, Coach Bolton: Mark Dungan, Jackie Scott, Taylor u/s: Lily Lane-Aharonian, Zeke Baylor: Keyaira Tozer, Martha Cox: Sophie Elguindi, Jason: Anthony Foley, Kratnoff: Claire Tanner, Jamie (James): Alyssa Nichter, Susan: Linden Long, Cathy: Elle Herson, Alison (Alan): Alexandra Block, Cyndra, Gabriella u/s: Lily Lexer, Ripper: Hannah Downing, Mongo: Sophia Patriarch, Brainiac: Violet Tulig

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All Adult Cast

Troy Bolton: Stephen Fisher, Gabrielle Montez: Kylie Murray, Sharpay Evans: Chelsea Barnett, Ryan Evans: Mike Styer, Chad Danforth: Nick Adinolfi, Taylor McKessie: Erin Murray, Kelsi Nielson: Evan Albright, Ms. Darbus: Wendy Mirto, Coach Bolton: Kevin Diaz, Zeke Baylor: Drew Kalkiewicz, Martha Cox: Bailey Knipe, Josie (Jason): Erica Barnes, Kratnoff: Katy Engelman, Ripper: August Walker

Mongo: Carly Petitdemange, Jackie Scott/Cheerleader: Kelly Kunsch, Jamie (James)/Cheerleader: Judi Kalkiewicz, Susan/Cheerleader: Shannon Price, Cathy/Cheerleader: Rachel Mento , Cyndra/Cheerleader: Judy Elliott, Cheerleader: Leanne Miller, Alison (Alan)/Jock: Ashley Zammetti

Traditional and All Adult Crew

Sara Helmers: Director, Stephen Fisher: Music Director, Chelsea Barnett: Choreographer, Heather Kalkiewicz: Co-Stage Manager, Drew Kalkiewicz: Co-Stage Manager, Lindsay Albright: Junior ASM, River King: Junior ASM, Catherine Ogden: Costume Designer, Carly Petitdemange: Costume Designer, Tell Williams: Hair/Makeup Designer, Robbie Merow: Lighting/Set/Sound Design, Jen Frank: Props Master, David Craig: Master Carpenter, Lauren McComas: Producer & Casting Director, Judy Elliott: Marketing Director & House Manager

Acting Antics Cast

Gabriella Montez: Cynthia Stroup; Troy Bolton: Matt Adams; Taylor McKessie: Samantha Finley; Chad Danforth: Nate Conley; Zeke Baylor: Dominick Alete; Sharpay Evans: Sophia Cooper; Ryan Evans: Daniel Bailey; Jack Scott: Colby Palomeque; Ms. Darbus: Kristine Stout; Coach Bolton: Cory Marx; Ms. Tenny : Megan Hill; Martha Cox: Myra Maini; Kelsi: Mia Rodriquez; Moderator: Joe Lynch; Drum Major/Jock: Steven Abi-Rich; Jock/Ensemble: Aeric Bellah; Jock/Ensemble: Chinonye Isiodu; James/Thespian: Anikh Biswas; Kratnoff/Jock/Ensemble: Jack Johnson; Susan/Cheerleader: Julie Robinson; Cathy/Ensemble: Megan Bailey; Cyndra/Brainiac: Taylor Bowersox; Cheerleader/Ensemble: Katie McCurdy; Cheerleader/Ensemble: Emma Schmidt; Jock/Ensemble: Tiernan Hahn; Brainiac/Ensemble: James Crassas; Thespian/Ensemble: Alex Petrushansky; Thespian/Ensemble: Abbie Cicali; Thespian/Ensemble: Naomi Badman; Jock/Ensemble: Kaitlin Cruice; Jock/Ensemble: Caroline Kent; Jock/Ensemble: Ali Cruice; Thespian/Ensemble: Lynne Frassoni; Thespian/Ensemble: Candice McClure; Cheerleader/Ensemble: Colleen Avellin, and various SALT Mainstage actors.

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Acting Antics Crew

Musical Director/Choreographer: Rose-Marie Turbessi, Cindy Schneider: Founder/Choreographer/Professional Line Coach, Tia Allen: Assistant Director/Choreographer, Stage Manager: River King, Costume Designers: Deb Young & Karen Barnett, Staff/Crew: Colleen Avellino, Lynne Frassoni, Candice McClure, Ali Cruice, Megan Bailey, Kaitlyn Cruice, Caroline Kent, Naomi Badman, Aeric Bellah, Chinonye Isiodu

Executive Director of Acting Antics: Melissa Ferkler, Social Media/Admin: Fran Donato

Details for High School Musical are as follows:

  • Tickets can be purchased here
  • Seating is at full capacity.
  • All ticket sales are final.
  • If you need handicap accessibility, please choose seats in the Front Row A and email [email protected] so that we can make arrangements to let you in through the back accessible door to avoid stairs.
  • If you book your tickets on a mobile device, the system will choose the best available for you. If you book your tickets on a computer, you have the option of choosing your own seats.
  • SALT is mask-optional for audience members. Performers will not be wearing masks.
  • For more info check out our FAQ page.

Show schedule:

Traditional Cast

  • Friday, February 10, 7 PM | Dressy Attire & Champagne Opening Night
  • Saturday, February 11, 2 PM
  • Saturday, February 11, 7 PM
  • Sunday, February 12, 2 PM
  • Friday, February 17, 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 18, 2 PM
  • Saturday, February 18, 7 PM
  • Sunday, February 19, 2 PM

All Adult Cast

  • Friday, February 24, 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 25, 7 PM
  • Sunday, February 26, 2 PM

Acting Antics Cast

  • Friday, March 3, 7 PM
  • Saturday, March 4, 2 PM
  • Sunday, March 5, 2 PM

The mission of SALT Performing Arts is to provide live community theatre productions, Playhouses for Preschoolers at Montgomery School, summer/year-round theatre camps for kids, dinner theatre, and more. With excellence as the standard, SALT, a non-profit organization, believes that the “community” is paramount in community theatre and strives to foster an all-inclusive atmosphere that promotes a positive, uplifting experience for each individual. SALT involves people of all ages from all walks of life. If you are interested in learning more about SALT Performing Arts, making a donation, or being a sponsor, please email us at [email protected].

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SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425 is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes with a non-profit 501(c)(3) status. For more information or to request interviews, visit

Acting Antics was founded in January 2007 by Cindy Schneider as a way to provide unique opportunities for children, teens, and adults who have difficulty with social skills or a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Using the creative arts to encourage social skills and communication growth, their Director, Melissa Ferkler, says, “Antics is a place where everyone can be a star…where we teach social skills through theatre, dance, music, and fun! We are so excited because SALT is such a magical space filled with the kindest people in the theatre world.” Acting Antics capitalizes on the strengths and abilities of their participants to observe and copy gestures, tones of voice, and mannerisms. The built-in structures that theatre and music provide can help the development of social understanding and flexible thinking through the opportunity to act and react in everyday situations.

Acting Antics, Broomall, PA, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing socialization opportunities through theatre and music to those with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and other social cognition needs. For more information, visit

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