The cast of High School Musical today

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It has been 8½ years since High School Musical premiered on Disney Channel. The film is Disney Channel's most successful original film to date and its soundtrack, which was certified quadruple platinum in the United States, contains some of the most popular songs on the planet today. Best known for launching the careers of Hollywood A-listers Zac Efron and Vanessa HudgensHigh School Musical is a film one cannot live in the twenty-first century without watching.

Forgot what High School Musical was about? No worries — here's a little recap. In this contemporary musical comedy, popular high school basketball star Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and shy, academically gifted newcomer (Vanessa Hudgens) 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.

Let's check in on the cast of High School Musical and see what they're doing 8½ years after the film's release and almost 6 years after the release of the last film in the High School Musical trilogy.

Zac Efron (Troy Bolton)

Age: 26

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forHairspray, 17 AgainCharlie St. CloudThe Lucky One

Latest role: Teddy Sanders in Neighbors (main role)

IMDb starmeter: 90

Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez)

Age: 25

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forBeastlySucker PunchSpring Breakers

Latest role: Apple in Gimmie Shelter (main role)

IMDb starmeter: 305

Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans)

Age: 29

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forThe Suite Life of Zack and CodyPhineas and Ferb

Latest role: Jody Sanders in Scary Movie 5 (main role)

IMDb starmeter: 36

Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans)

Age: 29

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forHalloweentown HighSwitched at Birth

Latest role: Toby Kennish in Switched at Birth (main role)

IMDb starmeter: 2,953

Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth)

Age: 25

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forJump In!Dancing with the Stars

Latest role: Steve in Nurse 3D

IMDb starmeter: 2,899

Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie)

Age: 33

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forThe Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Latest role: Roz in Free the Nipple (main role)

IMDb starmeter: 8,338

Bart Johnson (Jack Bolton)

Age: 43

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forTaking 5

Latest role: Eugene MacClemore in Locker 13

IMDb starmeter: 10,858

Alyson Reed (Ms. Darbus)

Age: 56

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forA Chorus LineSkin Deep

Latest role: Anne from HR in Grey's Anatomy

IMDb starmeter: 14,099

Chris Warren Jr. (Zeke Baylor)

Age: 24

Still acting?: No

Also known forAlvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel

Latest role: Darius Hill in The Inbetweeners

IMDb starmeter: 13,506

Olesya Rulin (Kelsi Nielsen)

Age: 28

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forPrivate Valentine: Blonde & DangerousFlying By

Latest role: Kim Troutman in NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

IMDb starmeter: 2,719

Ryne Sanborn (Jason Cross)

Age: 25

Still acting?: No

Also known forThe Adventures of Food Boy

Latest role: Jason Cross in High School Musical 3: Senior Year

IMDb starmeter: 21,155

KayCee Stroh (Martha Cox)

Age: 30

Still acting?: Yes

Also known forCelebrity Fit Club

Latest role: Liz Smelton in Shapetown, USA

IMDb starmeter: 13,742

Photo credits: Various

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