Moana Star Drama High

Moana Star Cast in NBC Theater Pilot Drama High From Jason Katims

Jason Katims’ NBC pilot about a high school theater department has found its drama queen.

Auli’i Cravalho, who recently starred in Disney’s Moana, has landed a major role in Drama High, our sister site Deadline reports. Based on the 2013 Michael Sokolove novel — which was itself inspired by true events — the pilot follows a “passionate teacher and family man” who runs a “working-class high school drama department” that inspires the whole town. (So, Friday Night Lights… the musical? Count me in!)

Cravalho will play a student named Lilette, and given her powerful performance at Sunday’s Oscars, we also assume she’ll be a singer:

Additional EPs on Drama High include Jeffrey Seller, Michelle Lee and Flody Suarez.

Your thoughts on Cravalho’s casting? The pilot in general? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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  1. Yeahman says:

    Nice that she’ll get more recognition.

    • Blair Ramsey says:

      I want awesome things for this gal. One day she should be up there receiving her own award! I’m watching that show Drama High sounds perfect! Glee-ish? yay!

  2. Kris says:

    While I was already intrigued just by the premise, I will definitely be watching if Auli’i is in it! Sounds like it would pair well with This Is Us!

  3. Eric says:

    I knew she’d have a great future ahead of her, and even better that it’s in a Jason Katims show. Looking forward to this one.

  4. Wordsmith says:

    Let’s hope it’s more FNL and less Pure Genius

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Good first casting for the show. She did good on The Oscars last night.

  6. dude says:

    I dont know how I feel about a FNL-ized version of Glee, but she is a star and I hope this is successful for her.

  7. analog says:

    Hoping for more big things to happen to her especially after that Oscars exposure.

  8. Joel Maurice says:

    They should call this show Saturday Night Lights

  9. Phil says:

    Best part of the Oscars was watching her knock this performance out of the park. Great casting, very excited!