THE ‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL’ CAST JUST REUNITED ON ZOOM, HERE’S 5 OTHER REUNIONS I NEED RN

This self-isolation period has led many of us to check in with ourselves and reflect on what really matters to us. For some, that’s our friends, family and our next hit of the internet’s weird coffee trends. And, for Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and the cast of High School Musical, it’s joining a zoom call and reuniting after ten long years since High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

We live in a society where we’re all apart from each other now more than ever before. To minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19, we’re staying indoors, turning to Zoom hangouts and dates, playing video games and watching old TV.

And, while I love how the world is literally telling me it’s okay to stay at home and binge all of Euphoria again for the tenth time, it can be pretty lonely. But, as the cast of High School Musical reuniting over Zoom foretells, maybe, we are all in this together after all. 

We’re all in this together…except Zac Efron, lol

Over the Easter long weekend, High School Musical Director Kenny Ortega shared a screenshot of the cast featuring five of its six iconic cast members: Vannessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez), Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans), Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth), Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie) and Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans). 

Sadly, Zac Efron, who played the film’s leading boy, Troy Bolton, and who lip synced his lines in the soundtrack to the first film (true story), did not attend. 

They were also joined by producer Truman Alfaro and choreographer Paul Becker, with another call featuring the film trilogy’s backup dancers. 

“Loving them more today than ever,” wrote Ortega. “What amazing people they’ve all become. I’m so proud of each and everyone one of them! #wereallinthistogether.”

And look, we could learn a few things from the High School Musical soundtrack. Namely, how to get our head outta the game and focus during self-isolation. 

Or, perhaps an even greater self-isolation mood is, as Sharpay sings in “Stick To The Status Quo,” “this is not what I want. This is not what I planned. And I just gotta say, I do not understand.”

While we’re on the topic, here’s some tea for u: Sharpay worked her ass off to get the solo in the musical only for some random girl called Gabriella to just waltz in and steal it from her? My unproblematic fave deserved better.

Does this mean High School Musical is coming back?

Since being in self-isolation, a number of other TV show casts have reunited over Zoom, including Disney’s Victorious, ft. Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice. Unfortunately, these reunions don’t hint at a potential reboot of some of our beloved memories from our childhood, but an opportunity for the cast to reflect and connect while practicing social distancing, and for us to see their growth. 

And, the cast of High School Musical is no different. 

In a conversation with E! News, Ashley Tisdale said she couldn’t see herself in a High School Musical reboot because she “didn’t know if she could fill [Sharpay’s] shoes again.”

“I don’t know, I’ve matured so much,” She said. “I just don’t know if I could give her justice and be Sharpay.”

It looks like for now, the closest thing we’ll ever get to a Wildcats reunion is Disney’s TV show reboot, High School Musical the Musical.

Other cast reunions we want to see on Zoom

Parks & Recreation

Look, I know half of the cast of Parks and Recreation are still in the business and the final season is already set in the show’s future and shows the cast live the rest of their fictional lives, but I need to know how Pawnee would respond to this crisis and what the cast have been up to. Either a cast reunion or an actual zoom call of the characters trying to handle a zoom call meeting.

I mean, just imagine Ron Swanson talking to the camera about how this chaos has wonderfully led to another government shutdown, or how Leslie Knope thinks she’s got Covid-19 because she’s having a panic attack live on air (mood), or what weird snack Andy and April concocted on day 33 of quarantine. 

Teen Wolf

Having recently moved back home moments before self-isolation and in my old room, I’ve started turning to some of my old cringeworthy memorabilia in my closet. So, it’s time we open up the horny gay Tumblr teen vault and revisit the beautiful homoerotic cast of Teen Wolf

Please, all I need to cope right now is for someone to tell me that Sterek is canon. 

Glee

In the words of Marie Kondo, I love mess. 

But for real, the cast of Glee have changed so much and I’d love for the OG members reunite. With a cringeworthy Zoom call version of “Don’t Stop Believing” or not. 

The Office

Again, like Parks & Recreation, I need a zoom call reunion of the cast of The Office, either in the style of their characters or the actual cast.

It’s quite likely that we could see a reunion of the cast of The Office periodically out of John Krasinski’s wonderfully wholesome homemade YouTube series Good News. In a recent episode, Krasinski spoke with Steve Carrell, who played his character Jim Halpert’s boss and iconic philosopher Michael Scott. 

And, who’s to say he won’t have other friends and castmates from the show in the future?

Game Of Thrones

I want to see a Game Of Thrones reunion purely to see the cast finally be able to let loose their true feelings about the show’s final season. 

Self-isolation has inevitably made a lot of us go unhinged. Celebrities are losing it, so why not let them speak their truths and say what needs to be said, “that Game of Thrones’ last season was baaaad.”

Hopefully this time, Peter Dinklage won’t look like HBO are threatening to murder his family if he speaks any ill of it. Side note, we know that Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund, was tested positive for Covid-19 in March, and hope he’s had a speedy and safe recovery. 

The Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12

Look, I don’t think we’re going to get a normal reunion and finale for this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The U.S. has the most confirmed cases of Covid-19 and it’s only going to continue to get worse. We won’t be able to have large social gatherings let alone for RuPaul ‘fracking’ Charles to host a wonderfully gay live recorded event like past finales. So, why not have it all on Zoom, lol.

At the very least, it’s one of the potential outcomes of this season.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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