Alyson Reed known to High School Musical fans as Mrs. Darbus, will celebrate her 51st birthday on Sunday, January 11th. Alyson was born and raised in Anaheim, California. When she was in eighth grade she played Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland. In 1976 she graduated from Anaheim High School as the first female student body president. Soon after her high school graduation she auditioned of a TV show pilot and she hasn’t looked back since.
Alyson toured the country with both Pippin and A Chorus Line. In 1985 she landed the role of Cassie in the movie version of A Chorus Line. Unfortunately, the movie was not the big hit that the studio thought it would be and all future plans with Alyson were canceled. Alyson headed back to her first love, the theatre. She headed to Broadway. Over the years she has performed in Dancin’, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing and several other Broadway shows.
Returning to her Orange County roots in 1990, Alyson began again working steadily on television with guest appearances on Matlock, LA Law, Frasier, Murphy Brown, JAG, The George Lopez Show and Numb3rs. She has played recurring roles on Party of Five, Providence and The Agency.
Alyson’s next big break came when her agent sent her to read for Kenny Ortega and the part of Mrs Darbus in a new Disney Channel Original Movie called High School Musical. The rest, as they say, is history. Alyson has been enjoying her ride on the High School Musical magic carpet and after all the years of mostly bit parts, I think she deserves her new-found fame.
So to Alyson/Mrs Darbus, we wish you the happiest of birthdays! You can see her this Saturday, 1/10/09 at 5:00pm on CW network’s airing of The George Lopez Show.