Shannon Purser Moves Past Strange to Drama High

Posted by at 7:35 am on March 10, 2017

Barb look to be moving beyond Stranger Things season 2. Ok, it is really is Shannon Purser moving on.  She has a new role to play. According to Deadline, Purser has been cast in the upcoming NBC pilot Drama High from Friday Night Lights powerman Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller.

The pilot is based on the book “Drama High,” written by Michael Sokolove about his high school drama teacher Lou Volpe. Volpe is known for moving to the blue collar town of Levittown, Pennsylvania and inspiring the students there with productions of sometimes controversial musicals and plays that kids could relate to. Purser will play Annabelle, “one of the students in the town who works harder than anyone else to make the cast of Spring Awakening despite not fitting the exact mold of what everyone has in mind.” Katims actually created the role for Purser after she auditioned for another role in the pilot.

Already cast in the pilot for Drama High are Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t JumpThe View), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Rarmian Newton (The Family, Dance Academy). Katims will produce with Michelle Lee through True Jack Productions, with Seller and Flody Suarez for Seller Suarez Productions.

Purser will next be seen in Life of the Party with Melissa McCarthy (Mike & MollyGilmore Girls).


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