A new, ‘freaky’ story

Published 11:02 pm Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Albert Lea students to put on ‘Freaky Friday’ musical


Albert Lea High School students are putting a new twist on a classic.

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In “Freaky Friday: A New Musical,” the basic story is the same — a mother and her daughter magically swap bodies. The new spin on the story is that it’s set to music.

Seniors Maggie Eggum and Marissa Vogt play the lead roles in the Albert Lea musical — Eggum as Katherine Blake, an overworked mother about to get remarried, and Vogt as Ellie Blake, Katherine’s teenage daughter who
is struggling with her mother 
moving on from her late father.

Eggum and Vogt, in their first leading roles, said they worked together to figure out how to play their parts, and how to play them swapped. While the production is fairly new, both Eggum and Vogt said that the show is a chance for them to make some more memories during their last year of high school.

“It’s gotten a lot easier, but it was hard at first,” Eggum said of the different layers to their characters.

“Each character has their own personality,” Vogt added.

Director Diane Heaney said the musical itself is multifaceted as well. It’s funny and has upbeat music — using up to 24 microphones for some of the musical numbers, but also has touching moments that she said a lot of people should be able to relate to.

Heaney — who thinks “Freaky Friday” is likely her 25th production she has worked on at the high school — said the musical is fairly new, meaning most schools haven’t performed it yet, so the audience is seeing a unique show.

“They’ll be entertained,” Heaney said about audience members. “They may even cry a little bit.”

“It’s nonstop movement,” Eggum said. “It keeps you on your toes.”

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.


Tickets, please

What: “Freaky Friday: A New Musical”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Where: Albert Lea High School auditorium

How much: $7 for adults or $5 for students and seniors; reserved seating can be purchased at the high school office, or general admission is available at the door


Cast and crew

Ellie Blake: Marissa Vogt

Katherine Blake: Maggie Eggum

Fletcher Blake: Hayden Lowe

Mike: Andrew Willner

Gretchen: Olivia Goodmanson

Hannah: Lydia Fluth

Adam: Samuel Yoon

Savannah: Carley Talamantes

Parker: Bu Htoo

Wells: Logan Howe

Laurel: Brenda Lunning

Mrs. Time: Shayna Skaar

Torrey: Maggie Moller

Grandpa Gordon: Evan Blankenship

Grandma Helene: Madison Doyle

Danielle: Emma Barclay

Louise: Anna Birch

Dr. Ehrin: Erin Utz

Mr. Blumen: Jared Turrubiartes

Pastor Bruno: Brian Solberg

Mrs. Luckenbill: Ava Cunningham

Senor O’Brien: Kamden Larson

Ms. Meyers: Dreya Sherden

Officer Sitz: Macayla Marti

The Company: Hailey Barnes, Kailey Boettcher, Hannah Estes, Regina Reimann, Grace Dawson, Kathrynn Gallardo, Hannah Willner, Joey Maiden, Evan Musick, Erika Saindon, Morgan Christian, Makayla Hannegrefs-Dahlen and Jaylee Waters

Pit orchestra: Diane Heaney, Abigail Chalmers, Aimee Chalmers, Esther Yoon, Michael Minear, River DePoppe, Gayle Brownlow, Alex Baerman, John Lukes, Dylan Callahan, Alden Helleksen and Lexii Zak

Light and sound technicians: Jarrett Flink, Trey Shaw, Keygan Lundak, Elise Anderson, Katelyn Holt. Lily Crissinger

Backstage assistant: Natasha Laue

Director and music director: Diane Heaney

Assistant director/choreography: Mary Klinghagen

Set director: Andrew Anderson

Costumer: Lilah Aas

Student director/stage manager: Makenzie Herr


About Colleen Harrison

Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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