GUERNSEY--After hour upon hour of rehearsals that included blocking, learning lines and musical solos, building sets, setting up lighting and more, 32 students of Guernsey-Sunrise put on the musical Freaky Friday this past weekend. Under the direction of vocal music instructor Matt Hebbert who was assisted by Choreography Coach Kayleigh Schadwinkel and Acting Coach Marikita Saure, the play was a huge hit and played to large crowds in each of the three performances.
The musical is based on the book by Mary Rodgers and the original Freaky Friday Disney movie. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day.
The cast, crew and staff included: Ellie Blake (Mickayla VanNatter), Katherine Blake (Jayden Butler), Fletcher (Aiden Noggle), Mike (Justin Martinez), Karl (Maitthias Beers), Monica (Jordan Sasso), Adam (Dacotah Morgan), Savannah (McKenzie Romero), Kitty (Stoney Dimas), Torrey (Megan Romero), Danielle (Larissa Chamberlain), Louis (Brian McCoid), Dr. Ehrin (Austin Albrecht), Mr. Blumen (Alex Delgado), Mrs. Luckenbill (Delaney Wilson), Ms. Meyers (Destiny Covington), Officer Kowalski (Brock Hohnholt), Mrs. Time (Victoria Sierra), Minister (Justin Miller), additional cast members Micah Hebbert, Tracy Chamberlain, Lily Tillman, Kailyn Fenchak, Rawland Isabell, and crew members Deklan Roof, Amanda Lorenz, Rylie Thompson, Paige Andrews, Berkleigh Pafford, Brooke Offe and Director Assistant TyLinn Cooper.
The play was no small task as help from within and outside the school was critical to the success. Art teacher Laura Green and her art students did all the painting for the set. Industrial arts instructor Troy Reichert assembled the sets. School maintenance employees Dennis Flaherty and Nick Schuldies hung new lights in the gym. G-S teachers Wes Neves took care of backstage management and Nate Reinhardt provided the posters and programs. Student Kassidy Morales provided individual photos of the cast. Cheryl Deuel and Lori Ibarra of Community Ed and Tri-City Parks and Recreation helped promote the play. Parents Lori and Scott Morgan assisted with many “fill in” jobs as did others. Support for the production was also strong from the staff and administration of the school. And of course, cooperation from families of the cast and crew was pivotal to the success of production. Based on the feedback from those who attended and participated, it’s quite likely there won’t be a 20-year wait on the next one.