High School Musical: The Musical: The Series boss Tim Federle has opened up about how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to orchestrate cameos from more of the OG cast in season 2.
While both KayCee Stroh (who played Martha Cox in the movie trilogy) and Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans) rocked up to East High in the spin-off's first season, the showrunner explained that the securing of guest stars has been "more complicated" this time around due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
"'Potentially' is the right word," Federle told Digital Spy recently, while explaining how likely it is that viewers will see familiar faces in the new instalment. "There's a big fanbase of people who loved the originals and came to check our show and saw that we paid great homage to the original
"But I've also been somewhat surprised and heartened to discover that there's a fanbase that truly comes to the show for Ricky and Gina and Nini, for these new characters and new songs.
"I have also wanted to take the pressure off myself, for it to be such a High School Musical-palooza, and trust that these new cast members especially are compelling and appealing enough to really bet on them, more than bells and whistles."
When asked what fans should expect from the eagerly-anticipated second season, which is currently being filmed, Federle teased: "The stakes are raised in the world of competition.
"It's a season that's all about what happens when you love something – and, in this case, it's theatre, and you sort of say, 'Let's compete for a title' and all the good and bad that comes from that. I think the season feels like it's developed with higher stakes all around."
High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special is available to stream on Disney+ now.
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