Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show will be live-streamed and the actors will wear masks. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show will be live-streamed and the actors will wear masks. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)

Saanich high school goes virtual with Freaky Friday musical

Reynolds Secondary theatre program to livestream performances March 9-12

Many are familiar with the story of Freaky Friday — a teen and her mom swap bodies for a day and grow closer after walking a mile in each other’s shoes – and have either seen the movies or read the book by Mary Rodgers.

In a song-filled iteration of the story, Reynolds Secondary School’s theatre department will be putting on virtual presentations of Freaky Friday The Musical at 7 p.m. on March 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The show features teen Ellie Blake (played by Grace Fouracre) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine (Nadia Lurie). An argument results in a magical hourglass being broken, causing the pair to switch bodies. The cast members sing and dance their way through the mishaps and bonding moments before recovering the hourglass which allow the pair to switch back.

READ ALSO: The show goes on virtually for Claremont’s annual musical

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cast of 25 student actors, 17 musicians and a six-person stage crew will present their four performances via livestream.

The students have been preparing for the musical since the end of September but, because of the public health orders, things looked very different this year, explained band teacher and conductor Jamie Davis. In a normal year, the cast alone is comprised of 50 but due to the pandemic, the number of actors, musicians, crew, teachers and parent volunteers was capped at 50, masks had to be worn at all times and actors had to stay six feet apart. This meant fewer juniors were cast as it was the seniors’ final year to participate, he explained.

The 50-person limit also meant that some musicians had to play two instruments. Ethan McGrath, a Grade 11 student in the pit orchestra, will play both the alto and the tenor saxophone. Adapting to all the obstacles was a great learning experience because things don’t always go according to plan, he said.

The songs range from pop to funk to R&B and the scenes are “fun and funny,” said Sarah Terlesky, a Grade 12 student playing Katherine’s assistant, Torrey.

READ ALSO: Stress leave, tears and insomnia: Greater Victoria teachers feel the strain of COVID-19

Fouracre and Lurie, both in Grade 12, switch characters partway through the musical to simulate the body swap – “It’s absolutely hilarious,” Davis explained.

The pair developed their characters’ mannerisms and found ways to portray a mother-daughter relationship without being able to touch. It was a challenge, but Fouracre focused on the positives – despite everything the pandemic took away, the musical allowed the students to come together and the virtual performance will allow them to bring joy to a wider audience.

“We’re feeling the lack of an audience but the camaraderie has doubled,” Davis said.

While the audience won’t be physically present, the virtual performance will allow folks around the world to tune in – including Lurie’s extended family in England.

Tickets are available online for $10 each at showtix4u.com.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

CoronavirusDistrict of SaanichstudentsTheatre

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday will be performed via livestream and the actors will wear masks due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday will be performed via livestream and the actors will wear masks due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)

Just Posted

Hamels Fabrics & Quilting is set to open on April 6 in Sooke. The shop is located at 2044 Otter Point Road. (Mark Martins/Pixabay)
Fabric and quilting store opens doors in Sooke

Shop is filled with all kinds of ‘bright, bold and cheery’ designs

Eli, left, Brent, Lindsay and Ava Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Wilson)
West Shore families share experience in raising a child with autism

Two families reveal some parallels, but circumstances are different for everyone

Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
An octopus named Wanda will soon say goodbye to Sidney

Wanda’s personality is ‘complete opposite’ of previous octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry

New hours went into effect at Saanich Parks and Public Works Yard for spring and summer seasons on April 6. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Spring, summer hours in effect at Saanich Public Works Yard

Residents reminded to practise social distancing, prepare to unload without staff help

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Tyson Ginter, 7, is proud of his latest Hot Wheels he recently received by Quesnel RCMP Const. Matt Joyce. (Photo submitted)
B.C. Mountie handing out toy cars to light up children’s faces

‘A lot of times it will be the only interaction they have with the police,’ says Const. Matt Joyce

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s ICUs see near-record of COVID-19 patients last week as variant cases double

Last week, Canadian hospitals treated an average of 2,500 patients with COVID-19, daily, up 7% from the previous week

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
UVic, women’s rowing coach deny former athlete’s allegation of verbal abuse

Lily Copeland alleges coach Barney Williams would stand close to her and speak aggressively in the sauna

Librarian Katie Burns with the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries poses for a photo in Chilliwack on June 18, 2019. Monday, April 12, 2021 is Library Workers’ Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 11 to 17

Library Workers Day, That Sucks! Day, and Wear Your Pyjamas to Work Day are all coming up this week

Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man suspected of being involved in a stabbing. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo RCMP trying to identify stabbing suspect who wielded rusty knife

Stabbing followed argument between two men at Port Place Shopping Centre April 1

The inside of the Campbell River Community Centre gymnasium has been marked off in order to facilitate the public flowing through the clinic as they receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell river Mirror
Leftover vaccines go into arms, not down the drain: Island Health

Immunization plan comes with built-in options for any unused vaccines at the end of the day

A man wears a face mask past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Calls for stricter action in B.C. as COVID-19 variants projected to climb

Jens von Bergmann says the province has taken a ‘wait and see’ approach when early action is needed

Vancouver’s park board general manager issued a new order Friday restricting tents and other temporary structures from being set up in Strathcona Park after April 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver park board issues order to restrict tents in Strathcona Park

The order issued Friday restricted tents and other temporary structures from being set up after April 30

Most Read