derek mcdonald

Okay, since I heard that ABC jumped on the live musical wagon with The Little Mermaid Live! (Yes, I’m aware that it’s just going to be done concert style sort of like what they did at the Hollywood Bowl, but I’m still very excited about it!)

If that becomes successful, imagine what other live musicals they could do. Beauty and The Beast Live, Newsies Live, but I have an idea what they could do after The Little Mermaid.

Okay don’t kill me, but I think they should do…

Okay here me out on this one.

If ABC did do this as a live TV musical, they would definitely get people’s butts on the couch. Admit it, those of us who were Disney Channel kids grew up with this movie and loved it, loved it so much that we couldn’t stop singing all the songs, quoting every scene, and obsessing over the cast. Now, it seems like High School Musical’s popularity is starting to make a comeback, and they’re even making a fourth installment, so why not do a live musical television event of High School Musical.

Also High School Musical has a special place in my heart. I loved this movie growing up and it was the first play that I did in high school’s drama club (I was a Skater Dude), although everyone in the club is kind of pulling a “Zac Efron” right now, saying that they regret it and it was the worst thing that we’ve ever done, but I still enjoyed.

If ABC does decide to this. I have an idea on who they could cast (and just to clarify since all of the live TV musicals are more based of the stage versions of certain musical, and yes there is an official stage version of High School Musical, but it was off-Broadway. Also the stage version is a little different from the show, Gabriella’s mom, Troy’s mom, and the Principal are cut from the show and there is a character that was added in):

Derek Klena as Troy Bolton

(Come on, he would be perfect for this role and I did a little research, and I found out that Derek did play Troy once for a community theatre play.)

Eva Noblezada as Gabriella Montez

(Just like Derek, Eva would be perfect for this role, and she’s also Filipina, just like Vanessa Hudgens. She also looks like she would have great chemistry with Derek.)

Dove Cameron as Sharpay Evans

(She killed it as Amber in Hairspray Live! To me, Dove makes a really convincing Queen Bee and since she is already good friends with Kenny Ortega, the director of all three HSM movies, why not cast her as Sharpay Evans?)

Ben Cook as Ryan Evans

Anthony Ramos as Chad Danforth

(He already has the puffy hair.)

Jasmine Cephas Jones as Taylor McKessie

Auli'i Cravalho as Kelsi Nielsen

(Come on, she would make an adorable Kelsi.)

Jordan Fisher as Zeke Baylor

Katie Ladner as Martha Cox

(If any of you guys are fans of Heathers, admit it she would be amazing in this role.)

Mike Faist as Ripper (The “I play the cello” guy)

George Salazar as Jason Cross

Ryan Potter as Jack Scott

(Jack Scott was a character they added in the stage version of High School Musical, he’s East High’s PA announcer and he also has a crush on Kelsi. Jack Scott isn’t a singing part, so they don’t have to worry about getting a singer to play this role.)

Brian d'Arcy James as Coach Bolton

Audra McDonald as Ms. Darbus

Ramble Time

Remember that episode where Casey starts to date Lizzie’s soccer coach Scott and like everyone likes him even Derek but then this douche tells Derek that he’s dating three different girls plus Casey and like the instant he tells him Derek’s face just instantly drops and you can tell he just wants to punch this guy in the face.

Cause I just watched it and it’s just so pivotal and not talked about enough. Because Derek spends the episode trying to figure a way to tell Casey that this guy is a jerk off. But why wouldn’t he just tell her, yanno? Why does he struggle with it? And there’s a moment where he walks into her room to tell her and he looks just really distraught and before he goes to tell her there’s a cutaway scene of him thinking about how she’s going to react, right. And it’s him thinking she’s gonna take it well and say thank you for being honest cause she knows that was hard for him and that’s he’s a really good brother for doing that. But that makes him just groan and leave the room.

So it just makes me feel like that was his moment for realizing he liked Casey. Because before that Casey always called him step-brother making emphasis on the step and no relation whatsoever. And that’s always so crucial in my head when they start switching the step term. But that’s another rant. Obviously he doesn’t care if she thinks he’s nice. They’ve done it to each other before and helped each other out. And Derek hates tears and he thinks this is gonna go through smoothly. So why back out in just telling her?

Except that he realized that he doesn’t want to be her brother. He wants to be something else. Something more.

It’s just my opinion and that was really rambling and incoherent but yeah. I feel like that’s his moment for realizing he has something for Casey.

The Dasey Scene I Never Noticed

I highly recommend that everyone rewatch or reread all the source material for their adolescent ships and fandoms, because when you are young and innocent very important stuff just flies right over your poor, uncorrupted little head.

Stuff like this:

This scene from The Venturian Candidate might be the most blatantly inappropriate thing ever shown on a kid’s show. Derek hears that he will have an office if he’s Class President and IMMEDIATELY launches into a fantasy of his stepsister as his adoring, submissive secretary, ever so eager to serve his every whim.

His entire concept of power is Casey willingly calling him sir while wearing a tight white shirt and glasses. And my middle school brain saw nothing remarkable about that at all. I shipped Dasey. I noticed the UST. I felt worldly and grown up for recognizing all the eye sex for what it was. And yet I never even thought of this as a Dasey scene until now.

Which is unfortunate because this scene pretty much proves that Derek’s brain is basically Casey Land. If he isn’t thinking of ways to make her mad or hearing her voice in his head telling him what he should do or wracking his brain to find a way to fix whatever’s hurting her without looking like he cares then he’s dressing her up in kinky little fantasy outfits. If he’s NOT in love with her, then nothing in this show makes any damn sense.

I’m sorry, but you can’t put two teenagers of the same age who aren’t related in one house with a love/hate relationship and NOT expect them to be shipped.

  • The pack, in the car with Derek: McDonalds! McDonalds! McDonalds!
  • Derek: No, your parents have dinner at home for you.
  • ...
  • The pack, in the car with Peter: McDonalds! McDonalds! McDonalds!
  • Peter: *pulls into the drive thru*
  • The pack: *cheering*
  • Peter: One black coffee please.
  • ...
  • The pack, in the car with Stiles: McDonalds! McDonalds! McDonalds!
  • Stiles: McDonalds! McDonalds! McDonalds!
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derek and casey: guide to step-siblings.

dasey + (requested)

“Oh, my God. You’re in love with him.”

a/n: line prompt request. I’ve had part of this written for awhile now for a bigger story. So the only thing I’d like to add is that after ‘Vacation with Derek’ is that Casey does decide to skip college and go dance in New York but she does visit, obviously.

•••

There’s a party back at Queens and Derek actually invites Casey, begrudgingly, she thinks, but he offers and she accepts because she just honestly doesn’t have anything else to do. He kept introducing all his friends to Casey. Granted he had to introduce her as Klutzilla and Space Case, at first. But after a quick hit in the shoulder with a 'Der-ek!’ he had subsided with a laugh. 

But then Casey sees them out of the corner of her eye while she’s talking with Derek and some of his friends. And suddenly  her blood is boiling and she feels like she’s  back in high school again. 

Because right before her very eyes is Vicky. And Truman. And more importantly it’s them together. But the thing is, is she already knew they were but it makes her sick all the same to have to witness it.

Derek glances over at Casey then over his shoulder where Casey’s staring. He puts a protective arm around Casey because he knows she’s hurting and angry. He pulls her against him until she looks at him and not them. 

“You wanna go?” He asks quietly, not taking his eyes off her. 

She glances back at them and sighs. “No. I’m fine.” He smirks down at her and moves his hand from the small of her back to sling an arm around her shoulders.

Here’s the thing about Vicky and Truman and Casey. He cheated on her but everyone knows that. And like an idiot she forgave him and took him back but everybody knows that. What most don’t know is that he cheated again. With Vicky, again. And then he had the nerve to break up with her before she could break up with him. She wished she had punched him. Or her. Both would be ideal, she thinks.


But when she feels Derek’s arm tighten slightly around her as he laughs loudly at something his friends had said, it calms her down. She relaxes and turns back to the conversation at hand. She can ignore them. As long as they leave her alone. She’ll be fine. But they don’t, of course, because they’re idiots. 

“Hey Case!” Vicky says going in for a hug. Casey doesn’t hug back. Derek also doesn’t remove his arm which makes it that much more awkward. “Oh my God, I haven’t seen you in forever, back from New York?”

“Yeah. Vacation."

"That’s fun! How you been? How’s your boyfriend.. Andrew?"

"Fine and fine. It was nice seeing you.” And she tries to turn away but-

“Did he come down with you? I’d love to meet him."

"Why? So you can kiss him while my backs turned, too?”

It’s harsh and she hadn’t actually meant to blurt that out but she’s glad she said it by the look on Vicky’s face. Like she’s just been slapped. Derek’s friends crow loudly and she can just sense Derek trying not to smile too widely. When she manages to look at him for a split second, she’s sees she’s right.

“Excuse me.” She says taken aback. 

“Okay, you’re excused." 

"Casey this is completely uncalled for.” Truman appears then and that just really gets her going. 

“Truman. Let me just explain something real quick. I don’t like you. I don’t like her. And I don’t fucking have to.”

“Look, Casey-” Truman begins.

“What part of that made you think I still wanted to converse with you?”

“I know-”

“No, you don’t. There are over a hundred people here that you can talk to. But you chose to irritate me. I don’t want apologies or small talk or anything you two have to offer except a good-bye. Go and be happy together but don’t bring the person you cheated on apart of any further communication. Because I don’t care.”

“Casey, it was just a simple hello! You have no right to insult her for trying to be friendly!”

She snorts and steps out of Derek’s arm. “It’s not really an insult, it’s more of an observation.”


Truman stepped forward to speak and Derek slides in between them. “Truman, get lost.”

“What are you? Her bodyguard?” Casey wants to slap that smug grin off his face. How had she ever seen that look as charming?

“Something like that."

"Hmm, well, being honest, yanno man to man. You look like a little whipped bitch.”

“Babe, let’s go.” Vicky tries grabbing at his arm and not looking at anyone. 

“No.” He snaps pulling his arm out of her hands. “You tried to be cordial and I’m not about to let people talk to my girl that way."

"Well,” Derek smiled coyly, “I don’t let people talk to my girl that way either.”

“Your girl? Casey’s your girl? Yanno, I always knew there was something between you two. All that fighting. Just didn’t realize it was sexual frustration. Wouldn’t that make it incest? Just a little bit, ri-”

Casey decks him, right in the nose and he crumbles to the floor in a slur of curses and blood. Vicky drops down next to him frantic and screaming as the party starts to erupt in mass chaos of cheering on the fight at hand. 


But the only thing Casey can hear is Truman’s words ringing in her ears. And trying to ignore the way her heart had fluttered when Derek had called her his girl.

“Fucking shit, you psycho bitch!” Truman screams from the floor as blood pours out of his nose.

“Fuck, Case, c'mon. We gotta go.”

She nods deftly, letting Derek lead her through the swarm of people. His hand is laced in hers as she’s dragged behind him out into the street. The Prince is parked a block away but his hand never leaves hers and they’re almost to the car when he stops them underneath a street lamp.

He turns to look at her and ultimately drops her hand only to pick up the other one. “Nice punch, by the way.” The smile on his face is like looking into the sun. 

“I can’t believe I did that.”

He snorts and that damn smirk is on his face as he glances up at her before turning his attention back to her hand. “Well, I can’t believe you didn’t do it sooner. Or that you even know how to throw a punch, Princess.”

“I’m not completely helpless you know.” She argues.

One eyebrow raises up as he says, “Clearly. This is going to be bruised like hell tomorrow. But, at least, you didn’t break anything."

He’s still kind of holding her hand in his and all she can think of is 'I always knew there was something between you two.’ She wants to cry or scream or maybe both because suddenly there’s one thought rushing in her head and it feels like a ticking time bomb. Casey rushes forward and buries her face in Derek’s chest. She’ll settle for just crying. 

Derek’s awkwardly stiff for half a second before his arms completely engulf her. Neither of them say anything but Casey’s arms are up underneath his jacket and his hand is kinda stroking her hair and it feels like home she realizes. 

His voice is soft and smirky as he says, "Don’t cry on the leather jacket, Case.”

And she sniffles out a laugh, hugging him tighter. "Shut up, Derek.“

The ride home is a blur. Mostly because the high of actually punching Truman gives away to the actual pain in her hand. She might have known how to throw a punch enough to not break anything but it was already beginning to bruise and swell up.

She whines and he rolls his eyes. She complains that they should stop for ice and he argues they have ice at home. They bicker the whole way home and it only ends when they enter the house because if they wake up the baby, George and Nora will kill them.

Derek walks straight to the kitchen and throws some ice into a dishcloth. "Here, Princess.”

“Thanks.” Casey sighs. “For everything.”

“Don’t mention it. Literally.”

She grins a bit, “We wouldn’t want anyone to think that the great Derek Venturi has a heart now would we?”

He rolls his eyes and snorts then extends his hand toward her. “Lemme see.” She begrudgingly puts her hand in his and he takes the opportunity to push down roughly on the bruise. “That hurt?”

She hits him hard on the shoulder with her good hand while cradling the bruised one against her chest. “Der-ek, you’re such an asshole!”

He laughs out, “I think you’ll survive.”

“You’re an idiot,” she huffs.

They argue (somewhat quietly as to not wake anyone) as they make their way up the stairs until they’re both standing in front of their respective rooms. Casey glances at her door for a second before her eyes are back to Derek with the ever present smirk on his face.

“Thanks for having my back tonight.” She whispers.

His smirk softens in a way she somehow knows is just for her. It’s always just for her. “Yeah, well, you’d do the same for me.”

She smiles an answer because she would in a heartbeat. “Goodnight, Derek.”

“Night, Case.” They’re still looking at each other as they enter their rooms and those soft smiles they reserve for each other are on both their faces.

Casey closes her door and leans back against it as she switches on her light. Immediately, she sees her face in the mirror directly across her room and sighs. “Oh my God,” she whispers to her reflection, “You’re in love with him.”

a/n: I have one more line prompt request waiting in my inbox and I will begin working on that next, loves.

10

CASEY: Don’t encourage him, dad. He should call his girlfriend and sort things out.

DENNIS: Casey, we men, we’re not really… talkers.

Okay, so, we talk about this scene a lot, but we don’t really talk about it.

What makes this episode great isn’t the “Derek calls her dad back!” part. For me, it’s what’s behind his motivation to call him back. Like always, Derek puts Casey before everything else. He and his girlfriend, Kendra, have just gotten into a fight, and he’s avoiding her because he can’t deal with girly tears and emotions. Kendra is pretty much in the same situation as Casey, upset and distraught, but Derek doesn’t bat an eyelash.

Cue Casey starting to have a breakdown about not being able to spend any time with her dad on her perfect night–Derek being the only one in their family of seven to notice this–and you know what he does? He stops it with his whole ‘I don’t care’ shtick, calls her dad, and convinces him to skip his plane ride back to Toronto and come back. Instead of going to his room and fixing things with Kendra, instead of waiting for Casey’s feeling to blow over themselves, Derek puts Casey’s needs and sadness over everything.

The clincher here is that Casey only realizes that Derek called her dad back when he mentioned that “guy talk is so much easier,” relating back to their earlier conversation when Derek was blowing off Kendra because he doesn’t do girl talk, and he’s not good at sorting things out. The thing is? He kind of just did. But to Casey. It’s always Casey for Derek; he knows how much this meant to her, so he went ahead and came through for her.

The only thing this episode was missing was Derek watching Dennis and Casey from the staircase. God, that would’ve been a perfect ending.