High School Musical is a 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie. The film was released on January 20, 2006 and became an instant hit for the network. It went on to become the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie of all time as well as one of the top-rated television programs in history. In 2007, High School Musical 2 premiered to record ratings and another success story for Disney. With two successful movies under their belt, it’s no wonder that people are wondering where were they filmed?
The first movie was filmed at East High School in Salt Lake City Utah while the second installment was filmed at Westlake HS in Austin Texas. Neither school had any involvement with filming or production but both locations still offer tours of their respective sets to fans who come to visit. The exterior of East High School in Salt Lake City Utah (pictured above) is where the official tours start and end. Here you can get a sneak peak of the set and get autographs from some of your favorite stars including Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and many more!
East High tour visits:
Auditorium: This is where the last scene of the movie was filmed with all the students singing “We’re All In This Together” to Mr. Bolton who’s played by actor Jim Gelmen Also on this level near the back of the stage is where you can find Sharpay’s dressing room.
Balcony: Lined with stadium seating on the ground floor, the balcony was used for many of the musical numbers in both High School Musical and High School Musical 2. The scene where Troy makes his grand entry while singing “Start of Something New” while performing on top of a giant Christmas tree was filmed here.
Band Room: This is where some students were seen rehearsing for their upcoming Winter Showcase towards the end of HSM2 .
Dressing Rooms: Mindi Abair, one of Sharpay’s backup singers, stores all her wigs and clothing in this backstage area.
East High also has a cafeteria and a common area were students can relax.
The second school to appear in the High School Musical movies is Westlake High located in Austin, Texas. The campus was transformed into East High for both films. In fact, the principal at Westlake even plays Mr. Bolton in part 2! It’s been said that Zac Efron preferred shooting here because it wasn’t as hectic as filming at his real high school back east. Although listed as an open set, there is no tour available but you may be able to catch a glimpse of Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens during their free time (unconfirmed).
One location we were unable to check out ourselves was the studio much of HSM2 was filmed at called St. Michael’s . St Michael’s is a Catholic school located in Austin, Texas and was also transformed into East High for the movie. If you happen to be visiting anytime soon this might be another cool place to check out!
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And remember if you’re ever near Salt Lake City or Austin, make sure to stop by East High and Westlake High respectively and see where your favorite characters spent most of their time filming the first two installments of this exciting Disney Channel franchise . We can’t wait for High School Musical 3 : Senior Year which debuts next year (October 24 th ).
So… Where was HSM2 filmed?
East High in Salt Lake City Utah is the school used for the exterior shots while Westlake High School in Austin Texas is where most of the interior scenes were filmed. Both schools are used for tours to please fans