We’re all in this together when it comes to remembering our former faves.
Two Mondays ago, as I was scrolling past the usual #ih8Monday tweets on my timeline before breakfast, I came across a stream of retweets directed at one Zac Efron.
Plastered above group photos of Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, and Monique Coleman were harsh comments like, “ONCE A WILDCAT, ALWAYS A WILDCAT YOU CAN’T JUST NOT GO TO A REUNION,” “GETCHA HEAD IN THE GAME BOLTON,” and “WE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER WTF.”
As a former die-hard High School Musical stan, I was surprised by the sudden emergence of song references from the movie. What was happening? Did I miss out on news of a reunion movie? And more importantly, where was former crush–ng-bayan Zac Efron (a.k.a Troy Bolton)?
To seek out the answers to my questions and to see what all the fuss was about, I immediately checked Zac Efron’s Instagram account. True enough, all of his recent posts were bombarded with similar punny comments. A quick check of the accounts of his fellow High School Musical (HSM) castmates only affirmed what everyone was freaking out over and *virtually* yelling at him about: an official HSM reunion was happening, minus Troy Bolton.
HSM was the in thing back in grade school. In my opinion, it was the biggest Disney Channel song/dance sensation to hit our generation since 2003’s The Lizzie McGuire Movie and The Cheetah Girls. I remember excitedly sitting beside my brother in the den of my lola’s house to catch its 7:30 p.m. premiere on Disney Channel Asia, tightly clutching a pillow in anticipation as the opening credits rolled.
We all knew the songs whether we liked them or not, all thanks to our classmates or siblings who insisted on belting out Breaking Free every chance they got. One effect: ask any random college student to sing the chorus of We’re All in This Together, and I guarantee that 90 percent of the time, he or she will either break into song and/or start doing the choreography (complete with the arm/leg pumping and Wildcat claws).
As it turns out, the original cast got together last week to pre-record a special for the movie’s 10th anniversary. While it wasn’t the widely requested follow-up to HSM 3 (the whole anniversary special consists of short clips of the cast reminiscing in a gym decorated with the original East High Wildcats posters), it was still enough to throw the Internet into a frenzy. And if the lack of punctuation and abundance of capital letters in the tweets I previously mentioned were anything to go by, the range of emotions exhibited by fellow fans of the movie varied from sheer joy to deep anger (at Zac, of course).