By Marc Snetiker
Updated June 16, 2014 at 05:37 PM EDT
Ansel Egort

There is nothing else to say except this: Ansel Elgort, whose charming swagger won your heart in The Fault in Our Stars, played Link Larkin in a high school production of Hairspray.

Elgort has made frequent mention of his theater (and tap-dancing) past — but the video evidence below is really just too good to be true. Not only is there proof of Elgort’s basically perfect casting as Tracy Turnblad’s well-coiffed love; there’s also footage of Elgort’s performance as Collins in a theater camp production of Rent at the famed Stagedoor Manor.

And Elgort, of course, isn’t the only celebrity who tread the theater boards as a student. In honor of these videos surfacing, we’ve rounded up a handful of other stars who were surprise dynamos in their high school musical theater programs. Let them entertain you in the clips below:

Ansel Elgort in Hairspray

Ansel Elgort in Rent

Taran Killam in Evita

Josh Groban in Fiddler on the Roof

Jessica Simpson in A Chorus Line

BONUS: Chris Colfer cameo in Man of La Mancha

The Fault in Our Stars

  • Book
  • John Green
  • Dutton Juvenile