Students bring 'freaky' fun musical to the Estacada stage
In the latest show from the Estacada High School Creative Arts Department, the two main characters switch bodies.
The school's production of "Freaky Friday" opens Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Estacada Auditorium, 500 N.E. Main St. The musical, directed by theater teacher Jordan Collins and music teacher Rendell Frunk, focuses on high school student Ellie (Irelynd O'Neill) and her mother Katherine (Ayla Zallee) as they find one another in each other's bodies after an argument. The pair have one day to make things right before Katherine marries Mike (Julien Purvis).
Ellie and her friends Gretchen (Olivia Davidson) and Hannah (Jessica Ott) want to participate in a scavenger hunt organized by fellow student Adam (Andrew Kent) — but the event is at the same time as Katherine's rehearsal dinner. Meanwhile, Katherine must learn to navigate high school and particularly, the bully Savannah (Lizzie Smith).
"Freaky Friday" was first written by Mary Rodgers in 1972 and was adapted for the screen in 1976 and 2003. The musical has a book written by Bridget Carpenter, with music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
Estacada's cast also includes Henry Reidel, Kaitlin Willis, Alexis Guarnieri, Kyra Milliken, Gavin Rex, Emma Gillett, Natalie Hunt, Ben Martinez-Christie, Lily Belcher-McCoy, Breanna Ruiz, Hannah Crandell, McKenna Neldner, Andrew Riedel, Gabriel Reinhold, Mason Bouck, Hannah Rank, Raven Yoder, Danica Beguelin, Isaiah Watkins, Michaela Silva, Heather Shaver, Marissa Clements, Bryken Kent, Jocelyn Clark, Maria Roshto, Blayne Stanley, Nedra Baird, Hannah Sutton, Kirsten Delazerda, Karina Richards and Osvaldo Perez.
The production's tech crew consists of Jazmine Fairchild and Jacob Brooks, and the orchestra includes Boston Jackson, Braydon Reinhold, Megan Holmes, Bart Bennett, Mara Eakin, Elizabeth Krieter, Chris Stevensen, Sam Fisher, Kendra Reinhold and Paul Trubachik.
Many involved with Estacada's production of the musical appreciate the extra dimensions the songs add to the story.
"You can tell the parts of a story that don't make sense in film. You get the points of view from parents and kids who aren't the main characters," Collins said.
"The musical numbers are so unique," O'Neill added.
Both O'Neill and Zallee have appreciated the challenge of playing multiple characters.
"It's crazy to remember which role you're in and keeping both personalities separate. It's really fun," Zallee said.
"It takes a lot of focus at all times," O'Neill added.
Collins has enjoyed working with the pair.
"It's been really fun to see them learn to be the same person," she said.
Zallee appreciates that the cast includes many middle school students and the benefit this brings to the theater program.
"It's good to see the younger students getting involved at this level," she said.
The show runs from Thursday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 23. Showtimes are 7 p.m. each night, with a matinee at 1 p.m. Nov. 23.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and $4 for children 12 and younger.
O'Neill encouraged anyone interested to attend "Freaky Friday."
"Definitely come see it. It's very worth it," she said.
If you go
What: Estacada High School Creative Arts Department production of "Freaky Friday"
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
Where: Estacada Auditorium, 500 N.E. Main St.
Tickets: $8 adults, $6 students and seniors and $4 children 12 and younger
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