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Former Days of our Lives actress to play high schooler in Disney+ series.

Claire Brady may have been carted off to Bayview after trying to burn her aunt and best friend Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal) down in the cabin but her portrayer Olivia Rose Keegan is headed back to high school. Soaps.com is happy to share the Days of our Lives actress has been tapped for a recurring role in season 2 of Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Per TVLine, Keegan will play a freshman named Lily who hides her insecurity and competitive nature under her sweet demeanor. Roman Banks, who played the lead role in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, also joins the cast as high school junior Howie who is super smart and who works at the pizza shop. In addition, Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough joins the series as Zack, Miss Jenn’s (Kate Reinders) actor ex-boyfriend who returns to Salt Lake to teach drama at North High, which just so happens to be the show’s fictional East High’s rival. Season two will see the kids put on a production of Beauty and the Beast.

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Season one of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series followed a group of high schoolers who put on a stage production based on the High School Musical movies which starred Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King, One Life to Live) and Chris Warren (Jimmy Ramirez, The Bold and the Beautiful). The character of Miss Jenn, a background cast member of the Disney movies, put the show together as her first production as the new drama teacher at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the High School Musical movies were filmed. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series also stars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Renee, Frankie Rodriguez, Mark St. Cyr and Joe Serafini. Season two is expected to premiere later this year.