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THORNLIE res­i­dent Mariah Gon­za­lez is tak­ing to the stage at the end of this month in a lo­cal adap­ta­tion of the world­wide hit High School Mu­si­cal.

Di­rected by Roleystone res­i­dent Lys Tick­ner and Bro­gan Smirke, the Dis­ney hit tells the story about a pop­u­lar high school bas­ket­ball star and a shy, aca­dem­i­cally gifted new­comer who dis­cover they share a se­cret pas­sion for singing.

When they sign up to­gether to au­di­tion for the lead roles in the school mu­si­cal, it threat­ens East High’s rigid so­cial or­der and sends their peers into an up­roar.

Gon­za­lez said she was look­ing for­ward to play­ing the lead role of the shy, re­served Gabriella Mon­tez.

“She’s a high aca­demic achiever but tries to keep a low pro­file to save her­self from be­ing bul­lied,” she said.

“I love ev­ery­thing there is about this mu­si­cal and I feel Gabriella is very much like my­self in some ways.”

The Thornlie High School stu­dent is al­ready some­what of an ex­pe­ri­enced singer, per­form­ing with her sib­lings in vo­cal group The 3Gs at lo­cal re­tire­ment vil­lages and the Gosnells Sun­day Mar­kets.

“I’ve al­ways been a fan of High School Mu­si­cal. I was nine when my brother and I per­formed Bop To The Top, a num­ber from the show, for the Pil­bara Mu­sic Fes­ti­val,” she said.

High School Mu­si­cal plays at the Roleystone Theatre at 8pm June 30, July 7, 14 and 15 and 2pm July 1, 5, 8 and 12.

Tick­ets are $25 or $20 for con­ces­sion. Call 9490 9306 or visit­ley­stonethe­

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