I’ve never really gone in much for ‘putting it out into the universe’ but I’m going to have to start. Because no sooner did I say that Auli’i Cravalho was going to be a star, than the announcement came out that she’ll star in the NBC pilot for Drama High.
This is pretty fantastic. First of all, Drama High is based on the non-fiction book of the same name, and though the initial title might make you think of Glee, the description shouldn’t. Here’s a description the show from the above article:
“[Drama High] revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.”
Hmmm, does that sound like anyone you might know?
Right? If Friday Night Lights got all kinds of people to care about football when they don’t – or at least to care about ‘A Town. A Team. A Dream’, then there’s no reason not to believe Drama High won’t be equally as captivating.
Second of all, Auli’i is 16 years old, playing a high school student. That’s only good for the show’s authenticity and dynamic. I haven’t read the script yet, but I can’t wait to dig into it, knowing that everyone on a Jason Katims show is always so much more than just the broad strokes of the characters they’re given.
Usual caveats apply – this is still only a pilot. And where I might otherwise say ‘yeah but it’s a Jason Katims pilot, so the “caveat” is in name only’, this is a wild world and I don’t understand anything anymore.
Still, I’m excited. So should you be…
P.S. I spent all weekend talking excitedly about Auli’i and then looking anxiously at Lainey to see how poorly I managed the pronunciation. And you know this matters to me. According to her, Ow-LEE-ee. (Lainey: I only know because we interviewed her on The Social.)
Here is Auli'i at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday night.