At Camp Shallow Lake, something can occur. A few of our favourite Wildcats have traveled to summer season camp for a two-week of extravaganza of music and enjoyable. Since that is Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence, all the pieces shouldn’t be going to all the time run easily.
After Corbin Bleu rapidly left on his chopper after asserting the Frozen musical and the documentary, EJ was named the director of the musical. Ricky found Lily had stolen his Beast harness and rapidly discovered himself at camp together with his classmates, whereas Nini left Salt Lake Metropolis for what’s certain to be a life-changing highway journey.
There are such a lot of dynamics at play in season 3, so HollywoodLife bought EXCLUSIVE scoop from creator Tim Federle about what to anticipate past the premiere. He gave an replace about Seb and Huge Crimson, teased EJ and Gina’s future and whether or not Ricky might come between them, and mentioned Nini’s arc being extra about “identification” than music. Learn our Q&A under:
I’m instantly so intrigued by Saylor [Bell] and Adrian [Lyles]. I feel they’re such nice additions to the forged. Transferring ahead, what is going to Maddox and Jet convey to the group?
Tim Federle: I feel any time a bunch of pals go someplace, and the dynamic will get shaken up by new individuals, it will possibly type of change all the pieces. I feel for Saylor, who performs Maddox, she’s very protecting of her time at camp as a result of it’s the one place she will go and actually really feel like herself. For Jet, he’s bought just a little little bit of a mysterious backstory, and he’s bought quite a lot of demons he’s battling. He doesn’t need to discover himself on this group. In actual fact, he thinks theater persons are so annoying, which we’re, by the best way. I feel there’s actual progress with them this season. Adrian, specifically, has a track later within the season that I discover so lovely and relatable, and I feel persons are gonna actually freak out over.
Proper at the start of the season, the present talked about the place Seb and Huge Crimson are? Will we see them extra all through the season?
Tim Federle: They’re so vital to me and to the present that it wouldn’t be a season with out them, so I feel viewers ought to keep tuned.
There are a variety of latest characters, together with Jason Earles and Corbin Bleu. With Jason, ought to we anticipate a Hannah Montana reference in some unspecified time in the future?
Tim Federle: Jason actually is enjoying a personality this season. There’s just a little little bit of a wink later this season to Jason Earles within the DCOM cinematic universe. However Jason is simply such a dependable, strong comedian actor who occurs to be our performing coach on the present. This group of younger actors has grown up watching Jason and has now been coached by Jason for the final couple of years. Placing him on display screen was the quickest, best determination we ever made.
When did you determine that Corbin was the OG star that you simply needed to achieve out to this time round?
Tim Federle: Actually early on. We had met Corbin at D23 after we launched the pilot a pair years of in the past. He was so gracious with the forged and such man. Corbin is a very humorous comedian actor who’s actually in on the joke. He is aware of enjoying a fictionalized model of himself is absurd. That was a simple dialog. It was like, do you need to come play in our world and pay tribute to the OG but in addition poke enjoyable at it just a little bit? He was so down and so sport and simply so sensible about the entire thing.
It’s a little bit of a shift in season 3 going to summer season camp relatively than a fall and spring musical. What’s going to the summer season camp setting permit that perhaps the college setting doesn’t?
Tim Federle: Properly, it’s fewer adults and bedtime is later. There’s quite a lot of sneaking round. It’s just a little Lord of the Flies with the adults away and youngsters take over. I feel there’s simply quite a lot of enjoyable and mischief and hijinks available.
EJ is now the director of the musical. How is he going to juggle that?
Tim Federle: I feel he thought this might be the final summer season he bought to simply be a child. And actually, he’s been thrust into this management position earlier than he needed to so, he has quite a lot of issues to determine this season. He and Gina have this good factor going, and neither one among them needs to mess that up. There’s quite a lot of dynamics at play at this two weeks the place nothing’s presupposed to go unsuitable.
Ricky and Lily ended issues after he found the harness in her room. Will she be again? I really feel like she’s not going to simply go away silently.
Tim Federle: Lily’s like a persistent rash. She’s principally gone, however I feel with Lily you’re gone however by no means forgotten. I feel there’s all the time an opportunity at extra Olivia Keegan sooner or later simply because she’s so good.
For Gina, this can be a summer season of firsts for her. I do know you give every character their due, however is that this the season of Gina coming into her personal as a performer and all the pieces?
Tim Federle: A hundred percent. Sofia Wylie is such a star. She’s so gracious, so ready, so proficient. She is a mogul, and he or she’s going to be a mogul in actual life. Sofia has bought such extraordinary vary as an actor. She’s so humorous, however she will play such deep feelings as properly. She actually requested for a rom-com season. She actually needed that softer facet of Gina however with out ever dropping the sting. I feel Sofia completely nails it and has a very massive season.
College life is all the time completely different than summer season life. And that may both be factor or a nasty factor. What are you able to say about EJ and Gina’s relationship and the place that’s going to go?
Tim Federle: I feel that’s their season. That’s what they’re determining now that EJ has even much less availability as a result of he’s so involved with placing on the most effective present ever. How this couple can have this wonderful summer season collectively? Audiences must watch and see.
I’ve to ask about Rina as a result of followers need to know. We see EJ speaking to Gina within the final moments of the premiere about how that is going to be their good summer season. Nothing’s going to come back between them, after which we now have that imagery of Ricky strolling proper in and interrupting all the pieces. You talked a couple of rom-com season. Ought to we anticipate a love triangle, maybe?
Tim Federle: I feel love triangles are so baked into so many premises, and positively had been from season 1 of our present. However I feel Ricky’s respectful and is aware of that he has not all the time completed proper by Gina and desires to respect the truth that Gina has factor going with EJ. Ricky is there to have a summer season of enjoyable. He bought misplaced in Lily Land for a minute and, like, what was he pondering? He bounced from Nini who he thought was his endgame to Lily, who was actually enjoyable however in the end fairly darkish. I feel Ricky comes into the summer season really wanting to simply have enjoyable, and we now have to see if he pulls that off.
Doable romance apart, I feel that Ricky and Gina do have a connection by way of only a friendship.
Tim Federle: They’re each outsiders. Ricky was a skater, Gina was the brand new lady, they usually by accident have loads in widespread as soon as they put apart their variations.
Nini’s not at camp, however she has this pivotal discuss with Miss Jenn about her future. It appears to be mirroring Olivia’s life in a means. Was that the intention?
Tim Federle: We by no means attempt to write something that feels too parallel as a result of it doesn’t really feel honest. Weirdly, we’ve typically written a narrative on the present that 6 months later comes true in actual life. On this case, in truth, I needed to pivot Nini away fairly rapidly from this music dream into one thing extra about identification. As you get later episodes, you see Nini discover the place she actually comes from, and it has nothing to do with music or being a pop star. I feel that story is only a completely different route for Nini that we needed to take her in.
So we will likely be seeing extra of her aside from the primary episode?
Tim Federle: Sure.
Miss Jenn had that dialog with Nini at her home, however she’s not at summer season camp. Will she pop up extra as properly?
Tim Federle: I’d hope so. It feels prefer it’s not Excessive College Musical with out Miss Jenn. She’ll work out a approach to get in there.
You will have another new characters like Jesse Tyler Ferguson and JoJo Siwa. What are you able to say about their characters?
Tim Federle: They’re there to shake it up and to make a splash for the viewers, but in addition to essentially complement and amplify the dynamics of the forged that hopefully individuals already love. JoJo has some historical past on the camp. Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s character has some historical past with Nini’s household. It’s simply enjoyable to take these stylish, real massive stars on the planet and see them play in our world. They couldn’t have been pretty or extra gracious.
Frozen is one among my favourite current Disney motion pictures. I do know you’re very cryptic about which songs you’re performing, however will we get massive Frozen numbers this season?
Tim Federle: Sure, you’ll. Additionally, you’ll get to see some songs from the Broadway manufacturing of Frozen which are so implausible. And when you haven’t found them already due to the theatrical, then you definitely’ll see some duets and there’s a solo. There are simply actually cool issues that Bobby [Lopez] and Kristen [Anderson-Lopez] wrote for that Broadway manufacturing which are actually particular and that we bought to carry out.
With season 3 being set at summer season camp for simply two weeks, will this lead instantly into season 4? Or will a brand new faculty 12 months be season 4?
Tim Federle: We’re nonetheless figuring that out. It’s nonetheless fairly early within the writers’ room, however we’re fairly sequential. I feel it could make sense that we return to high school, and we’re type of determining all these particulars proper now.