Ever since the “High School Musical” cast (sans Zac Efron) reunited last weekend, we’ve been struck with Wildcat fever, just like we were back in 2006. All week long, we’ve been remembering the movie’s musical magic, debating the characters’ best relationships and just generally getting amped to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our fave status quo crushers.
On Wednesday night (Jan. 20), we finally got to see the “HSM” reunion come to life during Disney Channel’s special airing of the film. Throughout it, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel and Monique Coleman were on hand to share their memories from the set and discuss the film's legacy.
But one of the cutest and most memorable segments was when Monique surprised her former castmates with their original audition tapes. Ashley and Lucas’ screen test was up first, which showed the two way back in 2005. They totally nailed it, especially Ashley, who mastered Sharpay’s sassy ‘tude.
“Do you remember, we ran through this scene and this girl gives me notes!” Lucas said after the clip, gesturing to his onscreen sis.
“I embraced the character!” Ashley retorted, after Monique observed that was a “very Sharpay-esque” thing to do.
Monique and Corbin’s audition clip was also hilarious, especially because of their freakishly similar hairstyles and Monique’s crazy laugh. But it was Zanessa’s tape that clearly stole the show. In it, Vanessa acts out a scene from the movie where Gabriella and Troy are chatting on the roof and gushing about what it feels like to sing with each other.
"Remember in kindergarten, how you'd meet a kid and know absolutely nothing about them and then 10 seconds later, you're playing like you're best friends, because you didn't have to be anything but yourself?" Vanessa asks. "Singing with you felt like that.”
OH, THE EMOTIONS.
Vanessa’s reaction to the clip is predictably hilarious — watch the clip below to see how it all plays out.
While we would've loved to have seen Zac's reaction to the throwback clip, we did get the next best thing: a pre-taped message from the busy actor, who apologized for missing the reunion and shared his fave scene from the movie.
"Hey guys, I'm so sorry that I couldn't be there in person but I'm with you all in spirit," he said. "My favorite scene from the movie has to be 'We're All in This Together.' The unity, the whole cast in that moment was just really, really fun. I'll never forget that memory. It's embedded in my mind as one of the most beautiful days of my entire life.
"Thank you for being part of this huge 'High School Musical' extravaganza," he continued. "It's become the coolest thing that I've ever been a part of."
AWWW, forget all those snarky things everyone said about you, Zac. You're clearly a Wildcat forever.