However, stage fright returns to Gabriella as the whole school files into the auditorium to watch her auditon with Troy, who is able to break through her shyness by reminding her that it was "just like kindergarten" and to just "look right at him." Later on, the Wildcats win the basketball championship game and Gabriella's team wins the scholastic decathlon.Troy nearly gets a kiss from Gabriella, only to be interrupted by Chad and then, moments later, Taylor.

Troy shows Gabriella around the school, and they notice the sign-up sheet for the school musical.

Thanks to their previous singing experience at the New Year's Eve Party, they both internally debate auditioning.

This causes all the students in the cafeteria to start sing Stick to the Status Quo.

Troy leaves a note in Gabriella's locker, so she will meet up with him on the rooftop.

They sneak into the auditions later and are surprised to see each other there.

They remain together in hiding while Ryan and Sharpay, the school's brother-and-sister team of drama royalty, audition.They both consider the New Year's tradition of kissing someone as the clock strikes twelve, but Gabriella is shy and hurriedly makes an excuse to leave.Nevertheless, the pair exchange phone numbers before going their separate ways. Upon moving to New Mexico after winter vacation ends, Gabriella is surprised to find that the school she has just transferred to, East High School, is the same school Troy attends.When Sharpay discovers that Troy, a jock (who's her crush), and Gabriella, a nerd, have a shot at being leads in the school play, she is enraged, and attempts to rally the student body around the idea that no one should do anything outside the realm of his or her clique.After the rest of the school find out about Troy and Gabriella auditioning, people start admitting secret hobbies and breaking the status quo.Rather suddenly, Gabriella emerges from her hiding spot and asks to audition, and Troy abruptly jumps up and volunteers to be her partner.