Rave rapper MI, Celebrated actress Stella Damasus alongside other crew members of the High School Musical on Stage, Nigeria have come up with a total of 58 cast members for the production which will be premiered in May. To ensure a successful search, renowned experts in different fields acted as judges at the Abuja and Lagos auditions. International promoter, Sheila Okonji Ashinze, First Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer, Celine Loader, Publisher, Leton Nwawuba, renowned director Tarila Thompson and rapper MI were the judges at the Abuja auditions while Nollywood’s celebrated act, Stella Damasus, Celine Loader, Sheila Okonji, Tarilla Thompson and Chorographer Kaffy were judges at the Lagos auditions. The top finalists between the ages of 15 and 25 emerged after being tested in Singing, Dancing and Acting- Three skills the cast of the original High School Musical possessed. For Most Nigerian teenagers and young adults, High School Musical is not unknown as many can tell the story of Troy and Gabrielle by heart, and it was with rare enthusiasm that many attended the auditions in Lagos and Abuja between March 4 and March 21, 2010. “The good thing about what we are doing is that we are not just teaching these kids because of High School musical, Kidztrust is also trying to build a new group of entertainers who can act, sing and dance. It is going to be a process of drilling, training and fun” Actress Stella Damasus says. And as they embark on a seven-week training with prolific Choreographer Kaffy, Celebrated actress Stella Damasus, Veteran director Tarilla Thompson and acting coach Emmanuel Ayalogu, it looks like after a lot of drilling, the search for the first black Troy and Gabrielle will be a tough one. ‘‘Training these kids will be so challenging. You need to divide them into groups, for this production, and that is because we are talking about people that are already entering the teenage years so there’s a special attention that they need. The kids need to be better than I am; I need to make them understand the values that guided me to staying’’ dance instructor Kaffy says. The high octane Nigerian debut scheduled to hold between March and May 2010 will run through Auditions, callbacks, final selections, Rehearsals, training all the way to the show premier tentatively scheduled for May 27. Full High School Musical Cast 1. Adebiyi Tosin Azaria 2. Omoghena Moses Onoshoze 3. Michael Esosa Osamwonyi 4. King Yusuf 5. Usifo Sally 6. Akinsola Olumide 7. Olamide Harold-Sodipo 8. Sharon Ezeamaka 9. Kukoyi Bukky 10. Awomolo-Kamga Olufunke 11. Ihezue Promise 12. Minjin Adewale Lawanson 13. Eledumo Olamide 14. Aham-Okehie Michael 15. Ebhohon Happiness 16. Adiele Oscar 17. Bisi Onadipe Davids 18. Ogan Joy Ajemina 19. Okparavero Stacey Ejiro 20. Omole Ifeoluwa 21. Chidinma Otobil 22. Rume Aghoghobia 23. Jemegbe Angel 24. Ochima Anita 25. Ezute Anthony Stephen 26. Sani Imonikh 27. Imoh Eboh 28. Nweze Cynthia 29. Adereti Olamide 30. Rasine Brown 31. Williams Ibukunowwa 32. Jeromes Chioma 33. Oyetola Smith 34. Candy Gabriel 35. Igiehon Uyimwen 36. Odinenu Karen-Happuch 37. Ahua Iwuese 38. Kabir Baba Farida 39. Obadike Susan 40. Jerome Hero 41. David Arebamen 42. Akoh Oche Moses 43. Agulebe Comfort 44. Odinenu Theodora 45. Matthew Arebamen 46. Femi Micheal Oloruntoba 47. Helen Kelvin 48. Goodness Paul 49. Ejere Ohio 50. Esther Ajuwa 51. Okoli Chima Ernest 52. Igbo Floyd Ekene 53. Chioma Idigo -Izundu 54. Ekeli Emmanuel Chuks 55. Deborah Ejeh 56. Ohia Michelle Obianuju 57. Samuel Yakubu 58. Anetor Sokei Kenneth By Ayeni Adekunle Samuel
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