It's hard to remember life before Troy and Gabriella and the rest of those singing Wildcats at East High. The whole gang of kids from "High School Musical" have become such a phenomenon, and pictures of them have decorated so many walls and lockers, that it's hard to believe the Disney movie series only started two years ago. Now, the whole gang is prepping to star in "High School Musical 3" which will skip the Disney Channel and head straight to the big screen.
The cast and crew will return to Utah in a few weeks to begin filming of the third installment. In the beginning, Troy was the captain of the East High basketball team and he teamed up with new smart girl Gabriella and shocked the student body by auditioning for the school's musical.
Fast forward to "High School Musical 3" and the kids are all in their senior year. While the other two films were shot when school was not in session, this installment will be filmed during the school year at East High School in Salt Lake City.
According to the Associated Press, Salt Lake School District spokesman Jason Olsen said the setup for the film will begin in a couple of weeks with shooting starting toward the end of the month. He said much of the filming of the movie will take place before and after school to minimize disruptions.
The first two movies brought $8 million and 180 jobs to the state during filming. The third project is expected to cost $13 million.
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