From ‘High School Musical’ to ‘Glee’: How Music and Performance Can Heal the Wounds of High School Life

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The popular TV show “Glee” captured the hearts of viewers with its memorable characters and numerous musical performances. Its success was heavily influenced by the success of the Disney Channel movie “High School Musical” in 2006. Over six seasons, from 2009 to 2015, the show followed the story of music teacher Will Schuester as he revived McKinley High School’s glee club, New Directions. Through music and performance, Mr. Schuester helped students overcome high school challenges and personal issues.

The show tackled various themes of high school life and its struggles, with the cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester constantly trying to undermine the efforts of the glee club members. Despite this, the underlying message of “Glee” remained clear: even though high school stories may seem unique, they ultimately repeat in cycles. As James Poniewozik pointed out in Time magazine, high school life is a repeating pattern that we all experience at some point in our lives.

Over time, “Glee” has seen three main cast members pass away: Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, and Mark Salling. However, the remaining main cast members continued to make an impact with their performances. Leading the way were actors like Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Darren Criss. Celebrity cameos also graced the show’s screen throughout its run, featuring stars like Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Hudson.

Despite these changes and losses over time

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