Sharpay Evans is the main character in the two films, High School Musical and High School Musical 2 along with her brother, Ryan Evans. She later become one of the main protagonist in the third film, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, as well as the main protagonist in her own solo movie, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
Underneath the Queen Bee façade, she is just a dreamer. Sharpay has been working towards becoming a star since birth. Out of all the classmates at East High, Sharpay and Ryan were the only two who actually yearned for a career in acting, rather than just starring in a play for a hobby. They have been a team since they were in kindergarten.
Sharpay is portrayed by Ashley Tisdale.
Sharpay and Ryan Evans (Sharpay's fraternal twin brother) are the co-presidents of the East High Drama Club and her parents are the owners of the Lava Springs Country Club. At the country club, she has a group of three backup singers called The Sharpettes. She also has a Yorkshire Terrier dog named Boi who first appears in the second film and again in the third. Throughout all the films, it has been show that, while Sharpay has her romantic sights set on Taylor McKessie, Zeke, of the East High Basketball Team, has a large crush on her, constantly offering to bake her things. In High School Musical, she accepts his cookies at the end, in a post credit scene. In High School Musical 2, she is paired with him while the other couples assemble on the golf course. In High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Taylor McKessie is Sharpay's date to prom. In the final movie, she chooses to attend the University of Albuquerque like Chad with Performing Arts as her major. Her brother goes on to attend Juilliard in New York.
Sharpay is first shown to be a popular and self-centered drama queen who loves to be, and often is, in the spotlight. She is co-president of the drama club, alongside Ryan Evans (Sharpay's twin brother), and the twins, being the only two in the school truly shown to have interest in the performing arts, are Ms. Darbus's favorite students. The Evans twins have starred in all school productions since kindergarten, and she craves the spotlight. Previously, she hadn't had to try very hard to keep it; anyone else shown auditioning was never very good (falling, tone deaf, interpretive dance). However, she has an overwhelming desire to be the best that often dictates her actions, and it was once mentioned that if she could play both lead roles "her own brother would be aced out of a job." Because of the rigid clique system established in East High at the beginning of High School Musical, Sharpay is very defensive of her position as star of all school plays, and she refuses to tolerate that anyone could take it away from her.
Upon discovering that Triston Bolton and Gabriella Montez have received a callback for their pairs audition, Sharpay is enraged and determined to come up with a way to prevent them from stealing the roles of Arnold and Minnie away from her and her brother. This determination was only further fueled by her instant dislike of Gabriella, the girl who was slowly stealing the heart of Triston Bolton, the object of Sharpay's affection. In order to cement Gabriella's clique as being a "Freaky Math Girl," Sharpay places articles in Taylor McKessie's locker that expose how smart Gabriella is and this results on Gabriella becoming involved in the Scholastic Decathlon, a group of people that Triston’s friends; namely Chad, look down upon. However, this doesn't stop Triston from maintaining his friendship, or singing practices, with Gabriella, and, as the date of callbacks draws nearer, Sharpay becomes panicked. Not only is she worried about losing the lead role, but she is also watching how Triston’s friendship with Gabriella is completely changing all the established cliques. People are mingling between cliques and admitting hobbies that were previously kept secret: brainiacs who dance, skaters to play the cello, jocks who bake (Stick to the Status Quo). Sharpay yells at all the students to be quiet when Gabriella and Taylor walk into the cafeteria. Sharpay and Ryan then walk down to the cafeteria to get spaghetti, but Gabriella accidentally ends up slipping on a milk carton and sends her nachos flying landing on Sharpay's chest, causing her to scream. Sharpay then tells Ms. Darbus what happened and leaves. Sharpay dislikes the dismantling of the clique system, most likely because she has been at the top of the food chain for so long (symbolically represented by her lunch table being on the second floor of the cafeteria). This is shown by the way she treats Kelsi, the writer of the play, bossing her around and transposing her songs without permission. In a desperate attempt to save both her show and her school, she and Ryan convince Ms. Darbus to change to callback date to Friday, the same day as both the basketball championship game and the decathlon.
She and Ryan complete their callback (Bop to the Top), confident that they have secured the lead roles. In the end, however, her plan sadly fails after Troy, Gabriella, Taylor and Chad team up to rig the lights and a odorous chemical experience to pause both the basketball game and the decathlon, meaning that both Troy and Gabriella are free to do the callback and return to their other obligations later. Though Sharpay argues that they can't sing without a pianist and warns Kelsi not to play for them, Kelsi snarkily replies that she "really does" want to. Sharpay's final ounce of power is lost in Kelsi's defiance of her. Triston and Gabriella sing Breaking Free and it is clear that they have bested Sharpay and Ryan. Though she remains upset about losing the role, and along with it her only passion in life, theatre, Sharpay appears to have seen the error in her ways, or at least accepted her defeat, gaining some respect for Gabriella's talents and seemingly accepting that Triston's affections lie with the brunette. She participates in the celebration of East High winning the championship (We're All In This Together) and is later seen eating some of Zeke's cookies and throwing her arms around him, telling him "These cookies are delicious!"
Sharpay secretly pulls some strings with her parents and gets Mr. Fulton to hire Triston to work at Lava Springs, convinced that if she can get him away from his friends and Gabriella Montez, Sharpay and Triston Bolton will make a perfect couple. She tells Thomas Fulton (the manager of Lava Springs) to get Triston to take the job "no matter what". She is horrified to discover that Triston brought his other Wildcat friends to work too, finding that Thomas took her words to heart. Angry, she begins trying to find a new way to pull Triston away from his friends and resorts to teasing him with college opportunities. Triston, knowing his parents need all the monetary help they can get, accepts when Mr. Fulton, ordered by Sharpay, gives him a promotion to a salary job and makes him an honorary member of the country club. This separates Triston from his friends all day, much to Sharpay's delight, and enables her to spend more time with him by scheduling lessons with him (as he became a golf instructor).
Since her father is also on the board at U of A, a college that Triston has been looking at closely, she pulls some strings and gets him playing time with the U of A Redhawks and dinner meetings with her father and his friends. She is delighted that Triston is beginning to turn away from his friends, and, more importantly, Gabriella. In order to finish off her plan, Sharpay steals the duet that Kelsi Nielsen had written for Triston and Gabriella, rewriting it to fit her voice and for Triston to sing with her (You Are the Music In Me). Though Triston seems hesitant, Sharpay doesn't notice his discomfort. Rather, she cares about is the knowledge that, after being sung with Triston, Ryan went to help the Wildcats with their song for the talent show. Afraid she and Triston will be beat out for the Star Dazzle award, she asks Mr. Fulton to make it a rule that all the employees must work the night of the talent show. Unknowingly effectively forbidding them from participating.
This scheme is taken very seriously both by the Wildcats and, specifically, Gabriella. When Gabriella confronts Sharpay about how hard her brother has worked for the show, Sharpay knowingly retorts that Gabriella is only jealous of everything that Sharpay has done to help Triston, in contrast to how Gabriella has been holding him back. Gabriella replies that she doesn't care what Sharpay is doing for Triston, but she is upset that Sharpay is ruining the summer for her and her friends. She warns Sharpay to "step away from the mirror long enough to check the damage that will always be right behind [her]," leaving Sharpay to stalk away in a huff. After the confrontation, Gabriella quits her job and breaks up with Triston. Upon discovering that his friends aren't allowed to sing in the talent show because of Sharpay and being broken up with, Triston confronts Sharpay that he won't be singing with her and that he's going back to his old kitchen job.
Later, Sharpay, screaming because she has nobody to sing with and her show is a disaster, finds Triston in her dressing room. He says that he will keep his promise to sing with her, and she is immediately happy, thinking that, in some way, she has won. However, he says he will only sing if she lets his friends sing in the show too. Still crying and smiling sadly, she agrees, telling him that she wishes he was doing it for her. Effectively, she is confessing her feelings for him, but Troy remains fairly indifferent.
Still holding onto the joy of being able to sing with Triston. Sharpay's hopes are completely dashed when she realizes that her brother has instructed Triston to sing a song that she doesn't know the words to, preventing her from getting on stage and allowing a forgiving Gabriella the chance to reconcile with Triston. However, when Triston and Gabriella, having reconnected onstage, begin calling up their friends, Gabriella goes to grab Ryan and Triston offers Sharpay his hand, dancing between her and Gabriella in a circle (Everyday).
Triston’s speeches to her throughout the movie seem to begin to shape her into a better person.
She sings All For One with the Wildcats at the end of the film.
Sharpay, Ryan Evans, Troy Bolton, and Kelsi Nielsen all receive a chance to a scholarship to Julliard School in New York, but only one of them can receive it. In the cafeteria, Sharpay breaks out into song to try to persuade Ryan to want it all like she does. When Ryan and Sharpay have finished singing the song Sharpay tells Ryan to spend time with Kelsi so that she would write the best song for them. Later on she confronts Ryan and she says that Gabriella Montez is up to go to college early and that she will steal Gabriella's part in the musical to get closer to Triston. Ryan says that she is not Gabriella, sticking up for his friends, but nevertheless does his part in her scheme. When Gabriella is gone, she steals the part that Kelsi wrote for Triston and Gabriella, only for this to backfire and her end up performing with the embarrassing Jimmy. She makes up for it with her own lavish number, which her understudy Tiara tries and fails to steal. At Graduation, Ryan and Kelsi win and Sharpay congratulates Ryan even though she did not win. She decides to attend University of Albuquerque with performing arts as her major with Chad Danforth who is playing basketball. She made peace with Gabriella and the Wildcats at the end of the movie.
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure is a movie where Sharpay learns her lesson. The movie starts off with Sharpay and Boi (Sharpay's dog) singing a song for one night only for a fundraiser to go to U of A. When the opportunity of a lifetime comes along and she has a chance to go to New York, be on Broadway, and to be a star. But when her father refuses to let her go, she shows him that she is determined to go and she can go on her own. While showing her father that she is determined, she and the Sharpettes make the plans for her flight from New Mexico to New York. She also makes the plans for her penthouse, and her audition for her dream to become a star. Will Sharpay Evans become the Broadway Star that she hopes to be, or she will she find some stiff competition that will challenge her? Of course!
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- Solos (In a Group Number)
|Stick to the Status Quo||HSM Cast|
|We're All In This Together||HSM Cast|
Songs unaccredited in the movies/soundtracks
- High School Musical-I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (uncredited in the movie)
- High School Musical 2-Humuhumunukanuka'apua'a (uncredited in the movie)
- High School Musical 3-Just Want To Be With You (Reprise) (uncredited in the movie and soundtack)
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year-A Night To Remember (Reprise) (uncredited in the movie and the soundtrack)
- The name Sharpay means "sand skin" in Chinese.
- Sharpay's name is wordplay on the breed of dog 'shar pei'.
- In the first film, Sharpay drives a pink Mustang that has "fabulous" as her license plate.
- But, in the third film, Sharpay drives a 2008 Honda S2000, it is also pink.
- Although it's not mentioned in the movies, Sharpay and Ryan Evans are supposed to be fraternal twins, this is however mentioned in a couple of the books in the companion book series.
- Sharpay's dog is named Boi, which is pronounced "boy".
- In an episode of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody", High School Musical was intended as a play. "Madeleine Fitzpatrick" (also portrayed by Tisdale) tried out for the role of Sharpay, but lost out to London Tipton, who mispronounces Sharpay's name.
- Sharpay has her own sequel called Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure which came out in 2011. It was a Disney Channel Original Movie and was only available on DVD.
- Sharpay's Zodiac is Gemini.
- Sharpay is born on June 1st,1990