High School Musical 3: Senior Year (film) East High School seniors Troy and Gabriella face the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes, and fears about the future. Directed by Kenny Ortega. Released in the U.S. on October 24, 2008, after October 22 releases in Denmark, France, Sweden, and the UK. Stars Zac Efron (Troy Bolton), Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez), Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans), Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans), Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth), Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie), Olesya Rulin (Kelsi Nielsen), Matt Prokop (Jimmie Zara), Justin Martin (Donny Dion), Jemma McKenzie-Brown (Tiara Gold). 112 min. Features 10 new songs. Filmed at East High School in Salt Lake City, even though the story is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It opened with $42 million at number 1 in theaters, the biggest opening for a musical ever. Released in an extended 117 min. edition on DVD in 2009.