25 Celebrities in High School Plays

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Old Steve Carell's a Wonder(stone)
Old Steve Carell's a Wonder(stone)
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More impressive than how the Burt Wonderstone actor could pull off playing an old man in his 1980 production of You Can't Take It With You? The fact that Massachusetts' Middlesex School had such an advanced makeup and props department. Click on to see more A-list stars who honed their craft on the high school stage! {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Two Score Ago
Daniel Day-Lewis, Two Score Ago
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The actor seemed to be training for his future Oscar-winning role as President Lincoln. Instead, he was starring as Russian Alexander Vershinin in Chekhov's Three Sisters at England's Bedales School. If only we found a penny so lucky as to allow us to see that performance. {Image Credit: Charles White/Splash News}
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Ashton Kutcher's Not a Model Student
Ashton Kutcher's Not a Model Student
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The future model-turned-actor could have punk'd you with his appearance as Mushnik in Clear Creek-Amana High School's 1994 production of Little Shop of Horrors. Dude, where are his pecs? {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Chris Colfer's Not So 'Glee'-ful Role
Chris Colfer's Not So 'Glee'-ful Role
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More ridiculous than Colfer's costume in Clovis East High School's 2007 production of Don Quixote? The fact that the music-free play muzzled the adept singer. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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When You Wish Upon a David Hasselhoff
When You Wish Upon a David Hasselhoff
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You'll be granted a picture of the young actor as Pinocchio in a 1969 production of the show at Lyons Township High School in Illinois. Suddenly, we understand why the Germans love him. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Debra Messing Gets Typecast
Debra Messing Gets Typecast
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Of course the redhead would be locked in as Annie at the actress' East Greenwich High School in 1985. And still be forced to wear a wig. Sigh, high school. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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But Dianna Agron's a Cheerleader
But Dianna Agron's a Cheerleader
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Apparently, she always has been. The Glee Cheerio, however, must not have been too cheery about playing second fiddle as Pink Lady Marty in Burlingame High School's 2004 production of Grease. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Ginnifer Goodwin's Midsummer Madness
Ginnifer Goodwin's Midsummer Madness
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Once upon a time, the Once Upon a Time actress starred as Olivia in Lausanne Collegiate School's 1996 production of Twelfth Night. And rocked a serious set of curls. No joke, jester. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Guess Who This Tenacious Actor Is?
Guess Who This Tenacious Actor Is?
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Hard to believe, but this 1987 Crossroads School senior from California went from Pippin to panda. That's right, it's Jack Black! {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Bill Murray Had This Going For Him
Bill Murray Had This Going For Him
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A starring role in his 1968 Loyola Academy production of Caine Mutiny, that is. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Jack Nicholson's Out of the Box
Jack Nicholson's Out of the Box
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Here's young Jackie! The eccentric actor starred in Manasquan High School's 1954 production of Out of the Frying Pan in New Jersey. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Jessica Chastain's On Point(e)
Jessica Chastain's On Point(e)
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Just as she is in her Oscar-nominated performances. Here, the actress stars as Essie in You Can't Take It With You in a 1995 production at El Camino High School. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Katharine McPhee's a 'Smash'
Katharine McPhee's a 'Smash'
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In her 2001 performance as Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker at California's Notre Dame. Now, if only audiences were as stricken by 'Smash'. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Katie Holmes is a P.Y.T.
Katie Holmes is a P.Y.T.
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Especially when performing à la Michael Jackson at Notre Dame Academy in 1997. If only she brought the message of "Beat It" into her first marriage. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Lady Gaga Was Born on Stage
Lady Gaga Was Born on Stage
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And, apparently, was born wearing wigs. Even back in high school, Gaga sported a faux coif, this time to play Adelaide in a 2004 production of Guys and Dolls at Manhattan's Sacred Heart. {Image Credit: Facebook}
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Madonna Gets Into the Groove
Madonna Gets Into the Groove
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Clearly, the Material Girl had no trouble expressing herself during her 1975 play rehearsal at Michigan's Adams High School. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Maggie Gyllenhaal's Hair Raising Role
Maggie Gyllenhaal's Hair Raising Role
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The Oscar-nominated actress was as '90s as a can of Crystal Pepsi in her 1993 production of Black Comedy at Harvard-Westlake School in California. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Meryl Streep Was Li'l Before She Was Big
Meryl Streep Was Li'l Before She Was Big
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Streep was the spitting image of her daughter, Mamie Gummer, when she starred in Bernards High School's 1966 production of Li'l Abner. And her expression the spitting image of how we feel knowing Streep's only won three Oscars out of her 17 nominations. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Which Rachel Bilson Role is a Witch?
Which Rachel Bilson Role is a Witch?
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Things seemed to get a lot more sunny for the artist formerly known as Summer Roberts once she left Notre Dame School, where she starred in The Crucible, for The O.C.. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Rainn Wilson's Frog Beats 'Battlestar Galactica'
Rainn Wilson's Frog Beats 'Battlestar Galactica'
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Well, now we know why The Office's Dwight owns frogs. The actor stars as in The Frog Prince in a 1983 production at Illinois' New Trier Township High School. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Tommy Lee Jones Makes 'Em Laugh
Tommy Lee Jones Makes 'Em Laugh
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Just kidding. Even back in 1964, Grumpy Cat Jones was grumpy while starring in Texas' St. Mark's School's production of The Caine Mutiny. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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All Hail... Richard Gere?!
All Hail... Richard Gere?!
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The silver fox is anything but in a 1967 production at New York's North Syracuse High School. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Just Sean Hayes!
Just Sean Hayes!
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The Will & Grace actor channels his inner Jack as Harvey Johnson in a 1988 Glenbard West High School production of Bye Bye Birdie. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Tom Hanks is a Joker
Tom Hanks is a Joker
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Literally and figuratively. Before he got Big, everyone's favorite everyman actor made students laugh in Skyline High School's 1974 production of Twelfth Night. {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}
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Woody Harrelson Is Fame-Bound as Phogbound
Woody Harrelson Is Fame-Bound as Phogbound
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The actor looks like a natural-born lady killer in this 1979 Lebanon High School production of Li'l Abner. If only we could see what was under that hat... {Image Credit: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library}

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