Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for High School Musical – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for High School Musical on Stage? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for High School Musical, broken down by character.

Since High School Musical on Stage is a contemporary musical, the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there is a youthful/vibrant vibe to most of the following songs in order to match the style of the show.

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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the High School Musical cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.

Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.

Chad Danforth

All Hail the Brain” – 13

Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On

I’m Alive” – Next to Normal

Lay Low” – Lysistrata Jones

Gabriella Montez

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On

Portrait of a Girl” – Bare

True Love” – Frozen

Where Am I Now?” – Lysistrata Jones

Ms. Darbus

Here at Horace Green” – School of Rock

Pathetic” – Matilda

The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom

Where Did the Rock Go?” – School of Rock

Ryan Evans

Here I Come” – 13

Get Me What I Need” – 13

Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday

Sharpay Evans

Cooties” – Hairspray

Killer Instinct” – Bring It On

Opportunity” – 13

What You Got” – Freaky Friday

Taylor Mckessie

Brand New You” – 13

Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday

Stupid With Love” – Mean Girls

What It Means to Be a Friend” – 13

Troy Bolton

Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief

Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin

Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting

When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones

Ensemble (Altos)

Change the World” – Lysistrata Jones

Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks

Sing Your Own Song” – Dear Edwina

Ensemble (Baritones/Basses)

A Little More Homework” – 13

And You Don’t Even Know It” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Being a Geek” – 13

Ensemble (Contras)

Dangerous to Dream” – Frozen

It Means Beautiful” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Just Breathe” – The Prom

Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!

Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

I See Stars” – Mean Girls

Safer” – First Date

The Lamest Place in the World” – 13

Ensemble (Tenors)

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

The Squip Song” – Be More Chill

The Wall in My Head” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for High School Musical:

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Seven, Eight, Nine” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “The Drama Department” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Three-Word Play” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Trolling 101” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!

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High School Musical Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in High School Musical, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

Act 1:

“Wildcat Cheer” – Ensemble

“Start of Something New” – Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, Sharpay, Ryan, Zeke, Ensemble

“Get’cha Head in the Game” – Troy, Ensemble

“Get’cha Head in the Game (Reprise)” – Troy, Ensemble

“Auditions” – Ensemble

“What I’ve Been Looking For” – Ryan, Sharpay

“What I’ve Been Looking For (Reprise)” – Troy, Gabriella

“Cellular Fusion” – Taylor, Chad, Martha, Zeke, Kelsi, Sharpay, Ryan, Ensemble

“Stick to the Status Quo” – Zeke, Troy, Martha, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Ensemble

Act 2:

“I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Troy, Gabriella

“Wildcat Cheer (Reprise)” – Ensemble

“Counting on You” – Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Martha, Ensemble

“When There Was Me and You” – Gabriella, Troy, Ensemble

“Start of Something New (Reprise)” – Troy, Gabriella

“We’re All in This Together” – Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Kelsi, Martha, Ensemble

“Bop to the Top” – Sharpay, Ryan

“Breaking Free” – Troy, Gabriella, Ensemble

“We’re All in This Together (Reprise)” – Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Ensemble

Which of these audition songs for High School Musical did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for High School Musical.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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