|Season 3, Episode 7|
Auditions is the seventh episode of Season 3 of Glee: The Next Generation and the fifty-first episode overall.
McKinley High begins the auditions for it's annual school play with two familiar faces being brought in to oversee the play with Will and Sue's help. Most of New Directions are excited to hear the play will be High School Musical: Senior Year and decide to try out. A diva off results between Taylor and Rose as they both vie for the same part and neither will give up so easily. Lana deals with her overbearing mom and seeks help from her brother, Wyatt. Meanwhile, New Directions struggles with whether or not to expose Archie's secret after school job and Nicole struggles with her love for Dillon and her growing attraction for Adam.
- He Could Be the One by Miley Cyrus. Sung by Nicole Martin
- Bop To The Top from High School Musical. Sung by Evan Marx and Taylor Atkinson
- What I've Been Looking For from High School Musical. Sung by Rose Mitchell and Kevin Rhodes
- Gotta Go My Own Way from High School Musical 2. Sung by Ana Watson
- When There Was Me and You from High School Musical. Sung by Honey Berry
- Bet On It from High School Musical 2. Sung by Jaxon Pierce
Glee: The Next Generation Season 3, Episode #7: "Auditions"Edit
So here’s what you missed on Glee: The Next Generation:
New Directions has been in a slump, especially Evan who had to deal with the wrath of The Legacy. So, he locked himself in his room and refused to come out. When New Directions planned an awesome night out, it still wouldn’t lure him out. Lana forked over the cash for an amazing trip to Six Flags and also dropped a couple hundred on the twins at the toy story. Then, they hit up Scandals, thanks to some fake IDs courtesy of Aldy, who bailed due to the fact he’s a recovering alcoholic. While there, New Directions were shocked to see that their nemesis Archie is moonlighting as a drag queen stripper named Aria. Gasp! Some mysterious new girl named Kayla tried to sink her claws into Miles, but Taylor wasn’t having it, so she literally whooped her all over Scandals. New Directions got kicked out, but it’s okay because the party in the USA followed them to the streets…as did Kayla, who was last seen throwing shoes at Taylor and running for her life.
And that’s what you missed on Glee!
Lana sulked into her living room and threw her backpack at the foot of the couch.
“That’s not where that goes,” Callie called from the dining room.
Lana sighed as she picked up her backpack, hung it on the coat rack, and shut the front door behind her. She made the way to the dining room and stopped dead in her tracks when she saw Callie sitting at the dinner table, a bill in front of her.
“I got your credit card bill today,” Callie said, taking off her reading glasses. “Care to explain the eight hundred dollars you spent at Six Flags?”
Lana gulped. “I paid for a trip to Six Flags for my Glee Club. It was spur of the moment.”
“And you didn’t think to ask if it was okay?” Callie asked.
“It’s my allowance,” Lana said. “I didn’t think I had to ask for permission to use it.”
“You’re seventeen, Lana,” Callie replied. “You are still pretty much a kid. I just think that you should ask me or your father before spending such a big amount. I mean, it may be your allowance, but it’s still our money. And besides, it shouldn’t be ‘no big deal’ for a teenager to drop so much money at once.”
“It was a one-time thing,” Lana said. “No big--”
“No big deal,” Callie said. “I know. That’s what you always say, Lana. And how about this three hundred dollars you spent at Toys-R-Us? This wasn’t for Hallie, was it? You know how I feel about her, Lana.”
Lana shook her head. “No, no. It was for needy children. We’re doing a toy drive at school.”
Callie looked at Lana for a moment, chewing the inside of her lip and studying Lana for a moment.
“Okay,” Callie said, not sure whether or not she believed her.
“Um, are we done?” Lana asked.
Callie exhaled sharply. “Yeah, I guess. Go wash up. I’ll have dinner done soon. We’re having Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans.”
“Yum,” Lana said sarcastically as she made her way up the stairs.
The next morning, Mr. Schue and Sue Sylvester walked into the choir room. Will smiled from ear-to-ear as he made his way to the front of the classroom.
“Well, it’s time for our annual school musical,” Will said. “However, it has been pushed back to early November so that we can allot proper time to both it and the Halloween carnival this year.”
“So, what this means is that you guys will have a little bit longer to prepare for it,” Sue said. “So you guys had better make it good.”
“Sue, Kurt, and I will be overseeing auditions with our very special director,” Will said. “Please everyone give a round of applause to Artie Abrams!”
New Directions began to cheer as the door to the choir room opened and Artie wheeled himself inside.
“Hey, everyone,” Artie said. “I will once again be directing the school musical this year and I am pleased to announce that this year, we will be doing a very appropriate show for most of you guys seeing as it’s your senior year. Drum roll please.”
Lana smiled as she got up and walked over to the drum set. She took her drumsticks out of her back pocket and did a little drum roll for Artie.
“High School Musical: Senior Year!” Artie, Will, and Sue said in unison.
New Directions erupted with cheers.
“I know,” Sue said. “Isn’t it crap-tastic? My womanly parts are brimming with excitement.”
“Auditions be today after school at the April Rhodes Civic Pavilion,” Artie said. “You guys will audition with a song from one of the first two High School Musical movies. As for Sharpay and Ryan, I will be doing those auditions as duos, so you guys will need to find an audition partner, alright?”
“Ooh,” Evan said. “This sounds like fun.”
“You’re telling me,” Taylor said. “I was born to play Sharpay.”
“I think I found my audition partner,” Evan said with a smile.
“We’ve got this in the bag,” Taylor said, giving Evan a high five.
“You should try out,” Hallie told Lana as Lana sat back down.
“No,” Lana said. “High School Musical is lame.”
There were audible gasps all over the choir room as everyone looked at Lana. Lana felt uncomfortable with all the eyes on her.
“Look,” Lana said. “It’s just not my thing, okay?”
“You could always sing ‘I Don’t Dance’ with me,” Adam said. “It’s so us.”
Jaxon nodded. “Adam, my man, you have a point.”
Lana sighed. “This whole thing is never gonna end is it? I should have just kept my mouth shut.”
“Guys, Lana is entitled to her own opinion,” Will said. “That’s what makes this Glee Club so great. We’re all so different and every one of us marches to the beat of our own drum.”
“You sound like a hippie, William,” Sue said.
“Excuse me?” Kayla asked, stepping into the choir room. I’m new here. I just moved to Lima and today’s my first day here at McKinley. I was interested in joining Glee Club.”
Taylor glared at Kayla as she crossed her arms. “Her.”
“Actually, we are kinda really full right now,” Will said. “But I made a promise to myself to never turn down a chance to let someone audition.”
Kayla smiled. “Great. Um, what should I sing?”
“How about ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ because that is there I am gonna throw you once I get my hands on you,” Taylor said
Kayla looked taken aback. Will shook his head at Taylor before looking back at Kayla.
“Sing something you know and are comfortable with.” He said.
“I had to escape, the city was sticky and cruel,” Kayla sang quite horribly. “Maybe I should have called you first, but I was dying to get to you. I was dreaming while I drove, the long straight road ahead, uh huh.”
“She is terrible,” Jaxon said to James, who nodded.
“She is butchering that song so bad I feel like I should slap her,” Bella said.
“Oh please let me do it,” Taylor said, wincing.
Sue grabbed a jump rope from the corner of the choir room, fashioned a noose, and hung it from above the door frame. She fed her head through the noose.
“Damn it!” Sue said. “I’m too tall. It won’t work.”
“Stop it, Sue!” Will said, his fingers in his ears.
“I drove all night to get to you. Is that alright? I drove all night. Crept in your room, woke you from your sleep to make love to you. Is that alright? I drove all night”
“No, it’s not alright,” Lana said. “You should have stayed there.”
Miles looked over at Kevin, who was smiling and dancing along. Miles shook his head and slapped Kevin in the back of the head. Kevin winced as he rubbed the back of his head.
“What is wrong with you?” Miles asked.
“Okay,” Jaxon said, standing up. “As the Glee Club captain, I have to assert my authority and stop you. The answer is no. I mean, first of all, we have more than enough people. Second of all, you can’t sing to save your life. You sound like a sick whale doing a mating call. No offense, it’s just that bad.”
Kayla looked shocked. “I thought I was better than Celine Dion.”
Bella stifled a laugh. “That will be the day.”
“As the sister of someone who out Celine’d Celine, I can say not a chance,” Honey said. “If you drove all night, you should turn the car around and floor it in the direction you came.”
Kayla glared at Honey and fought back tears as the choir room erupted in laughter. Will looked empathetic towards Kayla.
“Fine!” Kayla shouted. “I don’t need any of you or your stupid Glee Club! You would have been very lucky to have me, but now you’ll never know. You’ll just have to deal with what it’s like to be my enemy instead of my friend! You’ll rue the day you made Kayla Salgado a laughing stock!”
Kayla turned around and stormed out the choir room, shoving Sue aside and slamming the door. Will stared at the door in shock.
“Did we just get Punk’d?” Artie asked.
“Look guys,” Will said. “I know she was terrible, but we could have went about that in a less harsh manner. We’re better than that.”
“Sometimes you have to be harsh,” Jaxon said. “They’re so delusional in their head that it takes some tough criticism to break through.”
“Well, we could have done without Sue’s antics, your remark about the sick whale and the mating call, and don’t even get me started on what Honey said.”
Jaxon sighed. “You just don’t get it Mr. Schue. We met that girl the other night. She’s crazy.”
Will sighed as he shook his head in frustration.
Nicole sat quietly in the courtyard, watching as Adam and Miles walked together. Miles said something funny and Adam smiled.
I just can’t take my eyes off Adam, she thought. The way his eyes sparkle when she smiles. And that smile could melt an iceberg.
Adam glanced in Nicole’s direction and smiled at her as he waved. Nicole waved back, a smile on her face.
“Smooth-talking, so rocking,” Nicole sang. “He's got everything that a girl's wanting. Guitar cutie, he plays it groovy and I can't keep myself from doing something stupid. Think I'm really falling for his smile. Get butterflies when he says my name. He's got something special, he's got something special and when he's looking at me, I wanna get all sentimental. He's got something special, he's got something special. I can hardly breathe, something's been telling me, telling me maybe he could be the one, he could be the one, he could be the one. He could be the one, he could be the one, he could be the one.”
Nicole started up the steps, sliding her hand along the rail as she sang.
“He's lightning, sparks are flying. Everywhere I go he's always on my mind and I'm going crazy about him lately and I can't help myself from how my heart is racing. Think I'm really digging on his vibe. He really blows me away. He's got something special, he's got something special and when he's looking at me, I wanna get all sentimental. He's got something special, he's got something special. I can hardly breathe, something's been telling me, telling me maybe he could be the one, he could be the one, he could be the one. He could be the one, he could be the one, he could be the one.”
Nicole smiled to herself as she did a little spin. She clenched her arms around herself in a hug.
“And he's got a way of making me feel like everything I do is perfectly fine. The stars are aligned when I'm with him and I'm so into him. He's got something special, he's got something special and when he's looking at me, I wanna get all sentimental. He's got something special, he's got something special. I can hardly breathe, something's been telling me, telling me maybe he could be the one, he could be the one, he could be the one. He could be the one, he could be the one, he could be the one.”
Nicole stopped as she noticed Lana was standing right in front of her, giving her a strange look.
“Whoever you’re singing about isn’t Dillon,” Lana said flatly.
“I guess the cat’s out of the bag,” Nicole said.
“Can you keep a secret?” Nicole asked.
Inside the auditorium, Artie, Kurt, Will, and Sue sat toward the front, waiting patiently for time to begin. Artie checked his watch.
“Okay, everyone,” he said. “It’s time to begin the auditions. Here’s how this is gonna work: you step up on the stage, tell us you are auditioning for, and what you will be singing. Then you will sing, we’ll give your feedback, and you will sit in the audience. At the end of all the auditions, I will announce the callbacks.”
“Alright,” Will said. “Is everyone ready? We’ll be doing the auditions for our Sharpay and Ryan teams first. First up is Evan Marx and Taylor Atkinson.”
Evan and Taylor walked hand-in-hand onto the stage and stepped into the spotlight.
“As you probably guessed we’re auditioning for Ryan and Sharpay,” Evan said.
“Sharpay and Ryan,” Taylor corrected.
“I like it,” Artie said. “I can sense a kind of sibling rivalry. Okay, what will you guys be singing today?”
“Bop to the Top,” Taylor said. “And I am a perfect choice for Sharpay because I think I look just like Ashley Tisdale.”
“I see it,” Kurt said.
“Take it away,” Artie said.
“Mucho gusto,” Evan said.
“Ay que fabulosa,” Taylor added. “Aye aye aye!”
“Arriba!” Evan said.
“Quieres bailar?” Taylor asked.
“Mirame,” Evan said.
“I believe in dreaming,” Taylor sang. “Shooting for the stars. “
“Baby to be number one, you've got to raise the bar,”Evan sang.
“Kicking and scratching, grinding out my best.”
“Anything it takes to climb the ladder of success.”
“Work our tails off every day,” Taylor and Evan sang. “Gotta bump the competition, blow them all away.”
“Caliente,” Evan said with a wink.
“Suave,” Taylor replied.
“Yeah we're gonna,”Taylor sang.
“Bop bop bop, bop to the top,”Taylor and Evan sang.
“Slip and slide and ride that rhythm,”Evan said.
“Jump and pop, pop till we drop,”Evan and Taylor sang.
“And start again,”Taylor sang.
“Zig zag zop, walk like a mop,”Taylor and Evan sang.
“Scoot around the corner,”Evan sang.
“Moving to the groove till the music stops,” they both sang. “Do the bop bop bop to the top. Don't ever stop. Bop to the top. Gimme gimme, shimmy shimmy. Shake some booty and turn around. Flash a smile in their direction.”
“Show some muscle,” Taylor said.
“Do the hustle,” Evan said as he did the hustle with a little wink.
“Yeah we're gonna bop bop bop, bop to the top,”Evan and Taylor sang.
“Wipe away your inhibition,”Evan sang.
“Stomp stomp stomp, do the romp,”they both sang.
“And strut your stuff,”Taylor sang.
“Bop bop bop, straight to the top,” Taylor and Evan sang. “Going for the glory.
“We'll keep stepping up and we just won't stop,”Evan sang.
“Till we reach the top” they both sang. “Bop to the top!”
As the song ended, Artie, Kurt, Will, and Sue began to applaud.
“Great job,” Artie said. “You two have a real chemistry. You pulled that number off beautifully. It was like I was watching the actual musical. Very good job.”
“Of course,” Taylor said with a smile.
“Thank you,” Evan said.
“Okay,” Will said. “Next up is Kevin Rhodes and Rose Mitchell.”
“Well hello, Old Directions,” Rose said to Kurt and Artie, who both smiled.
“We’re auditioning for Ryan and Sharpay,” Kevin said.
“And we’ll be singing ‘What I’ve Been Looking For’ from High School Musical,” Rose said.
“Let’s hear it,” Artie said, nodding.
“It's hard to believe that I couldn't see,”Kevin sang.
“You were always there beside me,” Kevin and Rose sang. “Thought I was alone with no one to hold but you were always right beside me.”
“This feelings like no other,”Rose sang.
“I want you to know,” Kevin and Rose sang. “I've never had someone that knows me like you do, the way you do. I've never had someone as good for me as you, no one like you. So lonely before, I finally found what I've been looking for.”
“So good to be seen, so good to be heard,”Rose sang.
“Don't have to say a word,”they both sang.
“For so long I was lost, so good to be found,”Kevin sang.
“I'm loving having you around,”Kevin and Rose sang.
“This feeling's like no other,”Kevin sang.
“I want you to know,” they both sang. “I've never had someone that knows me like you do, the way you do. I've never had someone as good for me as you, no one like you. So lonely before, I finally found what I've been looking for.”
Kevin and Rose struck a pose as the song came to an end and everyone began to applaud.
Nicole sat there, looking at an unblinking Lana. Lana opened her mouth to speak, but reconsidered, quickly shutting it.
“You know,” Lana said, “love is a tricky thing, Nicole. I mean, sometimes out heart and our head tells us two different things. You have to decide which one is right.”
“I think deep down inside, I know,” Nicole said.
“Sometimes, as hard as it is to see, the person we are with isn’t necessarily the person we should be with. That we’re meant to be with. Coming to terms with that is the hardest part sometimes.”
“Do you ever feel like Hallie isn’t the one?” Nicole asked. “Does your mind ever ponder the possibilities of being with Ana or even Bella?”
“Yeah, Bella, that’s never gonna happen,” Lana said with a chuckle.
“I’m serious, Lana,” Nicole said.
Lana sighed. “There is never one moment of my life where I don’t think that Hallie is my true love. Sometimes, I feel like we’re not gonna make it through, or we might break up. But in the end, I know we’ll always find our way back to one another. That, I am certain of.”
“And is that what true love is?” Nicole asked.
“Indeed,” Lana replied. “That’s the definition of true love between two halves of the same heart.”
“Soul mates,” Nicole added.
Lana put her hand on Nicole’s knee. “So, yeah, stop overthinking it. Let your path open up to you and when you’re on the right one, you’ll know.”
Nicole smiled. “Thanks, Lana. And I know you’re Adam’s best friend so can you please not tell him?”
“My lips are zipped,” Lana replied. “If you only knew how many secrets I am currently keeping. But, hell, if the government decides to torture me for info, we’re all screwed big time.”
Nicole laughed. “Thanks.”
Lana looked surprised as Nicole threw her arms around Lana and hugged her.
“Ah, with the hugging,” Lana said, wincing.
Artie, Kurt, Will, and Sue talked amongst themselves, trying to figure out who to call back.
“Evan was amazing as Ryan,” Kurt said. “That kid was oozing camp.”
“Nice voice on him, too,” Artie said. “He had the spirit of Ryan down pat as well.”
“Well, it’s pretty much unanimous that we all liked Evan for the part of Ryan,” Will said.
“But the role of Sharpay is a toss-up,” Sue said. “Taylor looks like Ashley Tisdale, so that is a plus. But Rose had so much spunk that she put into her.”
“I think the callbacks are definitely between those two,” Artie said. “Alright, are we ready to proceed to the Gabriella auditions?”
Will nodded. “Let’s, shall we?”
“Alright,” Artie said. “Anastasia Watson?”
“Please call me Ana,” Ana said as she walked up on stage.
“Ana, what song will you be auditioning with?” Kurt asked.
“Gabriella’s solo, ‘Gotta Go My Own Way’ from High School Musical 2,” Ana replied.
“I gotta say what's on my mind,” Ana sang as she grabbed the microphone stand. “Something about us doesn't seem right these days. Life keeps getting in the way. Whenever we try, somehow the plan is always rearranged. It's so hard to say but I've gotta do what's best for me. You'll be okay.”
Ana took the microphone out of the stand and walked forward.
“I've got to move on and be who I am. I just don't belong here, I hope you understand. We might find a place in this world someday but at least for now, I gotta go my own away. Don't wanna leave it all behind but I get my hopes up and I watch them fall every time. Another color turns to gray and it's just too hard to watch it all slowly fade away. I'm leaving today. 'Cause I gotta do what's best for me. You'll be okay.”
Ana reached up, grasping the air, fighting back tears as she sang.
“I've got to move on and be who I am. I just don't belong here, I hope you understand. We might find a place in this world someday but at least for now, I gotta go my own away. What about us? What about everything we've been through? What about trust? You know I never wanted to crush you. And what about me? What am I supposed to do? I gotta leave but I'll miss you. So, I've got to move on and be who I am. I just don't belong here, I hope you understand. We might find a place in this world someday but at least for now, I wanna go my own way. I got to move on and be who I am. I just don't belong here, I hope you understand. We might find a place in this world someday but at least for now, I gotta go my own away. I gotta go my own away. I gotta go my own away.”
Ana pulled the microphone away from her mouth as tears streamed down her face. Out in the audience, Kurt used a tissue to dry his eyes.
“Great job, Ana,” Artie said with a smile.
“Thank you,” Ana said as she returned the microphone to the stand and walked offstage. She passed Honey, who was making her way to take the stage.
“That was amazing,” Honey said.
“Good luck,” Ana said with a smile.
“Miss Honey Berry,” Kurt said with a smile. “You look beautiful today.”
“Thank you,” Honey said.
“Honey, what song are you singing for your audition?” Artie asked.
“I will singing a song that just so happens to be my favorite High School Musical song,” Honey said. “That song is ‘When There Was Me and You,’ which was sung by Gabriella.”
“Take it away,” Will said.
“It's funny when you find yourself, looking from the outside,” Honey sang as she stepped toward the microphone stand. “I'm standing here but all I want is to be over there. Why did I let myself believe miracles could happen? ‘Cause now I have to pretend that I don't really care.”
Honey took the microphone from the stand and started across the stage.
“I thought you were my fairytale, a dream when I'm not sleeping. A wish upon a star that’s coming true. But everybody else could tell that I confused my feelings with the truth when there was me and you. I swore I knew the melody that I heard you singing and when you smiled, you made me feel like I could sing along. But then you went and changed the words. Now my heart is empty. I'm only left with used-to-be's and once upon a song.”
Honey made her way down to the seats and walked down the aisle.
“Now I know you’re not a fairytale and dreams were meant for sleeping. And wishes on a star just don't come true. ‘Cause now even I can tell that I confused my feelings with the truth ‘cause I liked the view when there was me and you.”
Honey climbed the stairs up to the balcony. She walked to the center of the balcony, grabbed the railing, and looked down as she sang.
“I can't believe that I could be so blind. It's like you were floating while I was falling and I didn't mind. ‘Cause I liked the view. Thought you felt it too when there was me and you.”
As the auditorium burst into applause, Kurt stared at Honey, his mouth hanging open.
“How is this girl not a star?” Kurt asked, looking at Artie.
Lana and Hallie walked carefully down the hall, trying to avoid being seen. When they reached the janitor’s closet, the opened the door, got inside, and shut the door. Lana fumbled around, looking for the light switch as Hallie locked the door.
“I don’t know why this closet locks from the inside, but I’m not complaining,” Hallie said.
Lana finally found the light switch and flicked it. “Me neither.”
Hallie pushed a broom aside as Lana grabbed her and began to kiss her. Hallie kissed her back passionately.
“It’s sad that this cramped closet has become our make-out headquarters,” Hallie said. “But with two kids and a Reece at my house--”
“And with my mom forbidding me to see you,” Lana added.
“It’s not like we have anywhere else to go,” Hallie continued. “But I have to admit it’s growing on me.”
“Ow!” Lana screamed, nearly throwing Hallie into the door.
“Hey,” Hallie said.
“Sorry,” Lana replied. “I just got a wet floor cone up my butt.”
Hallie laughed. “That’s hilarious.”
“Shut up and kiss me,” Lana said as she pulled Hallie closer to her.
Hallie gasped slightly as Lana’s hands travelled up her skirt and she heard the waistband of her underwear pop. She smiled as she threw her head back and Lana began to kiss her neck.
“Don’t stop,” Hallie said.
“I don’t plan on it,” Lana whispered into Hallie’s neck.
Hallie reached down and grabbed Lana’s shirt, pulling it over her head and tossing it onto a shelf above their heads. Hallie tried desperately to unhook Lana’s bra, not realizing that the button on the back of her skirt had gotten caught on the door lock and accidentally unlocked the door.
Lana exhaled sharply as Hallie’s hand cupped a mound of soft flesh. The next thing they knew, the door opened up and Hallie tumbled backwards out of the closet and at Kevin’s feet.
“Whoops,” Kevin said. “I was looking for more paper towels for the boy’s bathroom. And looks like I found a lesbian hot spot.”
Lana quickly covered her chest with her arms. “Kevin!”
“Don’t look now,” Hallie said from the floor, “but someone is a little happy to see us.”
Lana looked down at the noticeable tent in Kevin’s jeans.
“Oh my God, Kevin!” Lana said. “That’s so gross! And over me and Hallie? Ew!”
“I can’t help it,” Kevin said. “Two girls are hot and after all, I’m a teenage boy.”
Lana rolled her eyes as she turned around and tried to grab her shirt from the shelf above her head. She jumped up and down, not able to reach it.
“You better not be imaging this from the front, Kevin!” Lana said as she struggled to reach her shirt.
“Need some help?” Kevin asked as he stepped around Hallie and grabbed Lana’s shirt. He handed it to her and she snatched it out of her hand.
“Turn around and close your eyes!” Lana ordered.
Kevin did as he was told. “Okay, Lana.”
“Are his eyes closed?” Lana asked Hallie.
Hallie nodded. “They’re closed.”
Lana quickly pulled her shirt on and grabbed her bra. As she stepped forward, she slapped Kevin in the back of the head with her bra.
“Pervert!” Lana said.
“Ow!” Kevin said. “That hurt.”
“Underwire,” Lana said she helped Hallie to her feet and they walked off together .
As Jaxon, Evan, Adam, and Miles sat in the auditorium, Kevin rushed in and ran over to where they sat. He threw himself down into the seat beside Miles, who looked at him funny.
“Where’s the fire?” Miles asked.
“In my pants,” Kevin said, out of breath.
“Say what?” Jaxon asked, raising an eyebrow.
“You will never guess what I just saw,” Kevin said. “Lana and Hallie making out in the janitor’s closet!”
“That’s nothing,” Jaxon said. “Me and James make out under the bleachers.”
“Lana was topless,” Kevin said. “They were really nice, too.”
“Hold up,” Miles said. “You got to see Lana topless? Rumor has it that any guy who has seen her topless has not lived to tell the tale. Either her gaze turns them to stone, or she throttles them with her bare hands.”
“I just got beat up by her underwire,” Kevin said.
“You got to touch her bra?” Miles asked.
“With the back of my head, but yeah,” Kevin answered.
“You are a god,” Miles said, his eyes wide.
“Yeah,” Kevin said. “It was so hot. I got wood.”
“Ew,” Miles said. “Too much info!”
“Kevin, you need a better hobby than being a peeping tom,” Jaxon said. “Don’t come anywhere near the bleachers.”
“You have nothing to worry about,” Kevin said. “No offense but you and James aren’t as hot as Lana and Hallie. That’s like the lesbian Holy Grail.”
Evan raised an eyebrow. “Sometimes I worry about you, Kevin.”
“Everyone auditioning for Chad, please line up!” Artie called.
“Well, that’s my cue,” Miles said, getting up and making his way past Kevin.
Lana stood inside her older brother’s small apartment, looking around uncomfortably. Wyatt walked back into the living room and handed her a soda.
“You can sit down,” Wyatt said.
“I’m just not used to coming to you about things,” Lana said.
“I’m your big brother, aren’t you supposed to?” Wyatt asked as he popped the top n his Mountain Dew.
“Well, we don’t always get along,” Lana explained, taking a seat on the sofa.
“But the thing about us has always been that no matter how much we fuss and we fight, we always put it aside when one of us is need.”
Lana nodded. “Wyatt, it’s Mom. She’s driving me crazy. She harps on me about everything thing I do if I don’t do it to her way. She scrutinizes every cent I spend, despite the fact we’re filthy rich and it’s my allowance. But the worst thing is that she forbid me to see Hallie.”
“Which you didn’t obey,” Wyatt said with a smile. “I know you all too well.”
Lana nodded. “That you do. Please, don’t tell her, Wyatt.”
“I wouldn’t do that to you,” Wyatt said. “I haven’t tattled on you since I was thirteen. I’m not gonna start back now.”
“What I am I gonna do, Wyatt?” Lana asked. “I can’t live like this, I just can’t.”
“Well, you know I would let you move in with me, but the apartment’s kind of cramped. Not only that, but you’re still not eighteen. And knowing Mom, she’d press charges on me in a heartbeat. I’m the bigger black sheep of the two of us, remember? She didn’t hesitate to ship me off to a boarding school.”
“But Dalton’s great,” Lana said. “I’ve often thought of pulling a Joan of Arc or Mulan and trying to attend it. But, I’d miss my friends too much.”
“You could pull it off,” Wyatt said with a smile.
“But really, what should I do?” Lana asked.
“Try your best to appease her,” Wyatt said. “I know it’s hard, but just bide your time until you are able to get out of there, Lana. You only have the rest of the school year and then you will be eighteen.”
“It’s so hard, Wyatt,” Lana said, a tear falling down her cheek.
Wyatt stepped forward and wiped the tear from her cheek and pulled Lana in for a hug.
“I know because of how I act, how I dress, and my reputation that people expect me to be the tough one,” Lana said. “But I’m not that tough. You were always the tough one, Wyatt. You always looked out for me.”
“I still will,” Wyatt said. “You’re my kid sister. And even when you’re forty, you’ll still be my kid sister.”
“Thanks, Wyatt,” Lana said.
“Don’t sell yourself short, Lana. You’re much stronger than you think. You’re gonna make it through.”
“Well,” Sue said. “It’s unanimous that we have a clear favorite for the role of Chad. But I’m not really feeling the boys who’ve auditioned for Troy so far.”
“This James Holland kid has the look,” Artie said. “But I don’t feel like he was masculine enough.”
“I don’t think that masculinity should be a factor,” Kurt said. “He looks the part.”
“Well, we have one more audition,” Will said. “Jaxon Pierce. He’s definitely got the chops, but the only think is he’s blonde.”
“Well, let’s see him,” Artie said.
Will smiled as Jaxon walked up onstage, took off his letterman jacket, and threw it aside. He wore his signature headset microphone as he stepped forward to introduce himself.
“My name is Jaxon Pierce. I am auditioning for the lead role of Troy Bolton and I will be singing ‘Bet On It’ from High School Musical 2,” Jaxon said.
“Great,” Artie said. “Are you ready?”
Jaxon nodded as he adjusted his microphone and stood with his back to the audience.
“Everybody's always talking at me,” Jaxon sang as he turned around and faced the audience. “Everybody's trying to get in my head. I wanna listen to my own heart talking. I need to count on myself instead. Did you ever lose yourself to get what you want? Did you ever get on a ride, then wanna get off? Did you ever push away the ones you should've held close? Did you ever let go? Did you ever not know?”
Jaxon marched across the stage, dancing the entire way.
“I'm not gonna stop, that's who I am. I'll give it all I got, that is my plan. Will I find what I lost? You know you can bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it. Bet on me. I wanna make it right, that is the way. To turn my life around, today is the day. Am I the type of guy who means what I say? Bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it.” Jaxon stopped and turned to face the audience again.
“How will I know if there's a path worth taking? Should I question every move I make? With all I’ve lost, my heart is breaking. I don't wanna make the same mistake. Did you ever doubt your dream will ever come true? Did you ever blame the world and never blame you? I will never try to live a lie again. I don't wanna win this game if I can't play it my way.”
Jaxon ran toward the scaffolding and climbed up. Artie and Kurt’s eyes went wide with amazement as Jaxon stood on top of the scaffolding.
I'm not gonna stop, that's who I am. Who I am. I'll give it all I got, that is my plan. That's my plan. Will I find what I lost? You know you can. You know you can. Bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it. Bet on me. I wanna make it right, that is the way. To turn my life around, today is the day. Am I the type of guy who means what I say? Bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it.”
Jaxon leapt into the air and made a perfect landing.
“Hold up, give me room to think. Bring it on down. Gotta work on my swing. Gotta do my own thing, hold up. It's no good at all to see yourself and not recognize your face. Out on my own, it's such a scary place. The answers are all inside of me, all I gotta do is believe.”
Jaxon spun around and struck a pose.
“I'm not gonna stop, not gonna stop till I get my shot. That's who I am, that is my plan. Will I end up on top? You can bet on it, bet on it. Bet on it, bet on it. You can bet on it, bet on it. Bet on it, bet on it. I wanna make it right, that is the way. To turn my life around, today is the day. Am I the type of guy who means what I say? Bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it. You can bet on me.”
Jaxon caught his breath as the audience went crazy. Artie and Kurt looked at one another and nodded.
The next day, everyone who auditioned was lined up onstage, awaiting their fates as the callbacks were announced.
“Now, for the main roles,” Artie said. “For the role of Sharpay, Rose Mitchell and Taylor Atkinson. For the role of Ryan, the part goes to Evan Marx. For the role of Chad, Miles Larson and Lucas Aguirre. For the role of Gabriella Montez, Honey Berry and Ana Watson. And last but not least, for the starring role of Troy, we have James Holland and Jaxon Pierce.”
There was both excited and disappointed muttering amongst the students as Will cleared his throat.
“Those of you whose names were called, please remain on the stage,” Will said. “Everyone else, you are dismissed.”
“Alright,” Artie said. “I can tell that neither of our contenders for the role of Sharpay is gonna give up so easily, so we’re gonna have ourselves a little diva-off.”
Taylor smirked. “Sounds fabulous.”
“Bring it,” Rose said.
“You two will be singing the Sharpay version of ‘You Are The Music In Me,’ as a duet,” Artie said. “I wanna see that you guys really want this so you have to make sure you stand out more than your competition.”
“I so have this in the bag,” Taylor said.
“You wish,” Rose snapped.
“Cue the music!” Sue ordered.
“Five, six!” Rose said.
“Seven, eight!” Taylor said as she stepped in front of Rose, smiled big, and put her hand on her hip.
Rose rolled her eyes.
“Na, na, na, na! Na, na, na, na, na, na, nah,” Rose and Taylor sang. “You are the music in-- na, na, na, na! Na, na, na, na, na, na, nah. You are the music in, are the music in.”
“You know the words ‘once upon a time’makes you listen,” Rose sang. “There's a reason. “
“When you dream, there's a chance you'll find a little laughter or happy ever after,”Taylor sang.
“Your harmony to the melody that's echoing inside my head,”Rose and Taylor sang.
“A single voice,”Taylor sang as she jumped in front of Rose.
“Above the noise,” Rose said as she stood on her tiptoes to tower over Taylor.
“Like a common thread,”they sang together as they turned to face one another, glaring.
“Sing it to me!”Taylor sang.
“When I hear my favorite song, I know we belong,” Rose sang. “’Cause you are the music in me. “
“It's living in all of us,” Taylor sang. “It's here because you are the music in me.”
“Na, na, na, na!” They both sang. “Na, na, na, na, na, na, nah. You are the music in-- na, na, na, na! Na, na, na, na, na, na, nah. You are the music in, are the music in-- harmony to the melody. It's echoing inside, my head.”
“When I hear my favorite song, I know we belong,” Rose sang as she circled around Taylor, sizing her up. “’Cause you are the music in me.”
“It's living in all of us,” Taylor sang as she pushed Rose away. “It's here because you are the music in me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me. Nah, nah, nah, you are the music in--”
“Na, na, na, na,” Taylor sang as Rose joined in, giving Taylor the death stare. “Na, na, na, na, na, na, nah, you are the music in--”
“Me!” Taylor said as she posed in front of Rose. “Yeah, yeah, yeah!”
“Oh, yeah,”Rose sang from behind Taylor as she rolled her eyes.
“Great job,” Artie said as he made some notes on a piece of paper.
Jaxon stood backstage, his arm around a nervous Honey.
“I can’t believe of all people, we got paired up for the callbacks,” Honey said. “It’s kinda weird because you’re dating my brother.”
Jaxon laughed. “But we’re gonna nail this. We have it in the bag. You’re a second generation Berry, I’m a second generation Pierce. It’s in our very DNA.”
Honey smiled. “Let’s do this.”
Jaxon smiled as he gave Honey a hug. “Let’s.”
Honey watched as Jaxon walked through the curtains and onto the stage as the music began to play.
“We’re soaring, flying,” Jaxon sang as he walked to the center of the stage. “There’s not a star in heaven that we can’t reach.”
“If we’re trying,” Honey sang as she walked out from behind the curtain. “So we’re breaking free.”
“You know the world can see us,” Jaxon sang as he looked at Honey. “In a way that’s different than who we are.”
“Creating space between us,” Honey sang as she walked over to Jaxon and they looked into each other’s eyes. “Till we’re separate hearts.”
“But your faith it gives me strength,” they both sang as they raised their hands and interlaced their fingers. “Strength to believe.”
“We’re breaking free,”Jaxon sang.
“We’re soaring,”Honey sang.
“There’s not a star in heaven that we can’t reach,”they both sang as they walked hand and hand to the front of the stage.
“If we’re trying,”Jaxon sang.
“Yeah, we’re breaking free,”they both sang.
“Oh, we’re breaking free,”Jaxon sang.
“Oh,”Honey sang lightly.
“Can you feel it building?” Jaxon asked as he pulled Honey close. “Like a wave the ocean just can’t control.”
“Connected by a feeling,” Honey sang. “Oh, in our very souls.”
“Rising till it lifts us up so everyone can see,”they both sang.
“We’re breaking free,” Jaxon sang.
“We’re soaring, flying,” Jaxon and Honey sang. “There’s not a star in heaven that we can’t reach if we’re trying. Yeah, we’re breaking free.”
Jaxon and Honey let go of each other’s hands as they started to run to the scaffolding at the back of the stage.
“Oh, running,”Honey sang.
“Climbing,” Jaxon sang as he climbed the scaffolding. “To get to that place.”
“To be all that we can be,”they both sang.
“Now’s the time,”Jaxon sang.
“So we’re breaking free,”Jaxon and Honey sang.
“We’re breaking free,” Jaxon sang. “More than hope, more than faith.”
“This is true, this is fate,” Honey sang. “And together--”
“We see it coming,”they both sang.
“More than you, more than me,”Jaxon sang.
“Not a want, but a need,”Honey sang.
“Both of us breaking free,”Honey and Jaxon sang.
“Flying,”Jaxon sang as he leapt into the air, did the splits, and landed. He grabbed Honey and spun her around.
“There’s not a star in heaven that we can’t reach,” they both sang. “If we’re trying, yeah we’re breaking free, breaking free. We’re running, ooh, climbing to get to the place to be all that we can be. Now’s the time, now’s the time. So we’re breaking free, ooh, we’re breaking free. You know the world can see us in a way that’s different than who we are.”
Jaxon looked at Honey as he pulled her in close and planted a kiss on the top of her head, the curtain dropping.
“I think we found our Troy and Gabriella,” Artie said as he looked at the others, who were speechless.
After the callbacks, Lana waited outside for Miles and Adam. She soon saw them coming, their backpacks slung over their shoulders.
“Are we gonna wait for Jaxon and James?” Miles asked Lana.
“He said to go on,” Lana said. “I guess he’s busy in there playing straight with his future sister-in-law.”
“Scary thought,” Miles said with a laugh.
Lana put her arms around Miles and Adam as the three of them walked through the courtyard.
“Boys,” Lana said. “I think we should plan something big for Halloween this year. I’m talking about not some lame carnival, or a fake haunted house.”
“Egg a house?” Miles asked. “TP a house? Egg and TP a house?”
“You’re on the right track,” Lana said. “But not quite. I’m thinking less juvenile delinquent and more Paranormal Activity.”
Adam gulped. “Are you for real?”
“What’s the matter boys?” Lana asked. “Ain’t you got some balls?”
“I got balls,” Miles said. “And according to Kevin, you got a nice rack. Just saying.”
Lana shoved Miles, who fell into a trashcan. He lay on his back, looking up, and wincing in pain.
“You ever refer to my breasts as a rack or as nice again, I will hurt you,” Lana said.
“Fair enough,” Miles said.
“Ugh,” Lana said, offering her hand. “You want some help?”
“Is this a trick?” Miles asked, looking at her hand apprehensively.
“Fine then,” Lana said, taking her hand back.
Adam grabbed Miles’s hand and helped pull him up. Miles dusted himself off.
“Thanks, Adam,” Miles said.
Lana looked at the sleeve of Adam’s long-sleeved yellow shirt. A dime sized spot of blood had appeared.
“Adam, you’re hurt,” Lana said.
Adam looked down at his sleeve. He quickly brushed it off.
“Broken glass last night,” Adam said. “I must have ripped open the scab when I helped Miles up. No big deal.”
Miles looked at Adam, wanting to say something, but he looked at Lana and bit his tongue. Adam looked at Miles, to see if he was gonna say anything and how he would react.
“So what do you have in mind?” Miles asked Lana, turning his attention away from Adam.
Lana smiled from ear to ear.