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.
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.
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