It’s official, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 2 is coming to Disney+ soon (and with a bunch of new characters), but while viewers wait for more from Nini, Ricky and the rest of their favorite East High students, J-14 decided to take a walk down memory lane!The musical spinoff series premiered in November 2019 and immediately became a fan favorite. Starring Joshua BassettOlivia RodrigoSofia Wylie, Kate ReindersMatt CornettDara ReneéJulia LesterFrankie A. RodriguezLarry Saperstein and Mark St. CyrHSMTMTS season 1 ended with the drama club putting on a pretty epic production of High School Musical. Now, they’re gearing up for another musical in season 2: Beauty and the Beast.

“It’s gonna be good,” the HSMTMTS cast told J-14 exclusively in December 2020, noting that it’s going to be “bigger” than season 1. “There’s more drama, there are more storylines, there’s more music.”

In a separate interview with Entertainment Tonight in March 2021, Joshua teased the “truly remarkable” second season. “As much as it’s been hard filming during the global pandemic, I’m definitely sad to go because it’s so special,” the actor gushed. “So it’s a bittersweet thing, but honestly it just means we’re that much closer to the rest of the world getting to see it. I’m so excited.”

Although they haven’t shared too much about what’s to come, these talented actors and musicians have pulled back the curtain on their amazing show to reveal a lot of behind-the-scenes secrets over the past few years.

“One of my absolute favorite memories from season 1, we were all in the hallway outside of the gym and Josh just starts playing his guitar … and all the dancers start dancing, and we all started singing,” Matt recalled in an April 2021 YouTube video, when sharing memories about his time on the show’s set. Joshua added, “It was a 10-minute dance party, and I’ll never forget it.”

Sofia, for her part, said, “My favorite moment from season 1 was the Homecoming episode. I have never been able to experience a Homecoming, so I lived through Gina for that episode. I loved being able to throw punch on Matt’s head.

Other memorable moments from the cast included the Thanksgiving episode, which Julia noted was “a really big bonding moment” for the show’s cast. Dara also remembered filming “We’re All in This Together” as a “surreal moment.”

Of course, these aren’t the only behind-the-scenes secrets the cast has spilled. Scroll through our gallery to uncover them all!

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