Kate Reinders going back to 'High School'

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A variety of teachers helped mold Reinders to be a Broadway star, appearing in such works as "Wicked," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Into the Woods" and "Something Rotten!" But she channeled a different person to come up with the energetic and determined Miss Jenn.

"If anything, I am channeling my mother a little bit. But, that's not my fault," Reinders says. "I have had many teachers who have influenced me in ways I don't even realize. I thank all of them for their patience and love."

This season will chart the process of the school putting the show together from auditions to opening night. The young actors in the series taking on the characters who will be playing roles from "High School Musical" include Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Renee, Julia Lester, Frankie A. Rodriguez and Larry Saperstein.

Reinders is not actually the theater teacher for the young cast members, but she does have the kind of knowledge to share that comes with years of working in theater productions.

"They are not just getting into musical theater, they are redefining it and making it their own," Reinders says. "Honestly, I feel so privileged to know them now and see where they go from here. In 20 years, I will get to say 'I knew them when' because they are all superstars in their own right."



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