The differences will be notable when the High School Drama Club returns to the stage with “Freaky Friday: A New Musical World”
After much debate, it was decided the cast would be performing in masks, explained Advisor Scott Murdock.
Furthermore, instead of performing in front of a full house at the High School Auditorium, there will be a limited capacity (180 seats with social distancing guidelines).
Therefore, Murdock is asking the public to buy their tickets in advance for the four showings. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m., April 22 through April 24 and then 2 p.m., April 25.
Those can be purchased at eventbrite.com, keyword Freaky Friday, The New Musical.
Freaky Friday is loosely based on the 1990’s movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan as a mother and daughter who ended up switching bodies for a day to learn what each other’s life is like.
In the Osceola version, senior Brecken Styles, portrays Katherine, the mom, and freshman Kaylynn Koester, will portray Ellie, the daughter.
“Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter,” the online description states.
Murdock said he chose this story so high schoolers can portray high schoolers.
“It gives them a lot of material,” he said. “I think a lot of them can see themselves in the story.”
While the 1990’s movie focuses on Lohan trying to be a rock star, this version will instead highlight “The Hunt” – a social quest Ellie must go on to obtain the social status she wants in high school. Senior Brayden Thomas, plays Adam, the organizer of the Hunt.
Murdock promises a wide array range of musical styles during the performance from classical, art and rock. Local professionals Brady Langer, who is the Musical Director and choreographer Megan Hanks, assist him.
Practices have been four weeks a night since the last week of February. Murdock said guidelines have been followed rigorously to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak among the cast and crew.