12 Surprising Things You Never Knew About High School Musical

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It's been well over eight years since High School Musical debuted on the Disney Channel, but it seems people love it just as much now as they ever have. Between Zac Efron having basically the best year ever and its other stars doing pretty well, we thought we'd see how well you REALLY know the popular DCOM.

For instance, did you know that Ashley Tisdale didn't originally audition for the part of Sharpay? And that a very popular Nickelodeon star almost played Tory Bolton? Also, there's a very interesting Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake connection to this movie that you probably didn't know about.

To learn more details about those facts and even more, click through the gallery below!

1. The Script Has Some Pretty Interesting Origins

"The film has its origins in a 1999 script entitled Grease 3. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were to star as the children of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson from the 1978 film. The plot was virtually the same as that High School Musical, but with more similarities to Grease. The character who would become Sharpay was to be the daughter of Betty Rizzo (producers tried to get Christina Aguilera for the part, but she declined). Timberlake's band-mates from *NSYNC were to have supporting roles. But before the script went through a second re-write, the project was shelved until 2004." (via IMDB)

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2. Ashley Tisdale Auditioned For a Different Part Than Sharpay

"Ashley Tisdale originally auditioned for the role of Gabriella Montez but director Kenny Ortega thought she would do better in the role of Sharpay Evans." (via IMDB)

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3. The Producers Cassie Steele to Play Gabriella

"Disney Channel executives and producers originally wanted Cassie Steele to play Gabriella after seeing her in another Disney Channel original movie Full-Court Miracle. She auditioned several times and had a screen test, and was cast as Gabriella. However, the fifth season of her TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation seriously conflicted with the filming of this movie, so Steele had to drop out." (via IMDB)

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4. Hunter Parrish Could Have Been Troy!

"Hunter Parrish auditioned for the role of Troy Bolton." (via IMDB)

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5. Corbin Originally Auditioned For a Different Part

"Corbin Bleu was originally auditioned as Ryan Evans, but when he saw Lucas Grabeel dancing at the audition and said that he can't shake like Lucas can, and Ryan had to shake (when dancing). So, instead, he auditioned for Chad and was cast." (via IMDB)

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6. The Role of Gabriella Was HIGHLY Coveted in Hollywood

"Vanessa Hudgens had to compete with about 12 other girls for the role of Gabriella Montez during the callbacks for this movie. She and the other girls danced and sang all day to determine who would get to play Gabriella Montez." (via IMDB)

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7. Matthew Underwood Was Almost Troy

"Matthew Underwood from Zoey 101 was offered the role of Troy Bolton, but because of his contract with Nickelodeon, he was not able do the movie and had to decline." (via IMDB)

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8. Corbin Had a Hand in Chad's Funny Shirts

"Corbin Bleu came up with the slogans that appear on the shirts that he wears in the movie." (via IMDB)

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9. Ms. Darbus Almost Got Her Own Song!

"A duet between Coach Bolton and Ms. Darbus was planned but never filmed." (via IMDB)

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10. That Wasn't Snow Falling in the New Year's Eve Seen...

"The falling snow in the New Year's scenes were potato flakes." (via IMDB)

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11. The Mascot Was Almost Something Other Than the Wildcats

"The school's mascot was going to be a leopard, but it was changed to a wildcat." (via IMDB)

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12. The Soundtrack Was Put Together in a Flash

"The soundtrack was recorded in five days." (via IMDB)

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