High School Musical Creative

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Amy Thornhill
Amy Thornhill is wife to Shaun, mother of seven and grandmother of three. She is originally from Franklin Parish although she moved quite a bit when she was young. She participated in musical theater through high school and college including roles in The Sound of Music, Godspell, The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. She also took part in several straight plays written and directed for children's audiences. Amy has been involved in Princess Productions as a cast member and director. She has a love of the arts and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the other directors and the fabulous cast of High School Musical.
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Betsy Shirley
Betsy Shirley is co-director and Keyboardist for this production. She has a bachelor’s degree in vocal music performance from ULM and teaches private piano and voice lessons in Winnsboro. When she isn’t practicing, teaching, or performing, she prefers to be home with her husband and their cats.
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Jessie Waller
Jessie Waller is glad to once again be working with the Princess Theater. She made her start as the stepsister in Into the Woods. Now she returns as the dance choreographer for High School Musical. Jessie has been dancing for the past 23 years, spending the last ten as an instructor for the former Miss Tommie's School of Dance now Miss Lindsey's School of Dance. In addition to teaching dance, Jessie is a 3rd grade teacher at Gilbert and spends her few minutes of free time with her dog, Chewy.
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Stage Manager
Kelsey Horath
Kelsey Horath is a Senior at FPHS, and a member of many clubs and organizations. In the fall, Kelsey will attend LA Tech, majoring in Communications focusing in Journalism. Daughter of Michelle Strickland and Neal Horath, she’s the youngest of five. She has performed in multiple shows at the Princess, most recently “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In “High School Musical,” she is the Stage Manager and can’t wait for people to see the hard work put into the show! Kelsey enjoys writing, music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
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Music Conductor
Caleb McDaniel
Caleb McDaniel is the Band Director at Franklin Parish High School. He graduated from ULM with a degree in Music Education, where he was involved with the Jazz Band, Orchestra, Dance Repertory Ensemble, and Sound of Today Marching Band. He has performed in musicals such as Cabaret, Anything Goes, Chicago, and the Wizard of Oz at the Princess Theatre and ULM. He performed the world premieres of Cordova and the opera Sylvan Beach. He is a member of Wayside Pentecostal Church praise team along with his lovely wife, Alexia McDaniel. They have one son.

Original Creative Team

                                                                                    The Princess Theatre
                                                                                       Production of

                               HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

                                                                                            Book by
                                                                                     David Simpatico

                                                                                           Songs by
Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley; Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd and Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle; David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston

                                                     Music Adapted, Arranged, and Produced by
                                                                                  Bryan Louiselle

                                                     Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by   

                                                                                    Peter Barsocchini

                         Disney’s High School Musical
                                 Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
                                            All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.