Freaky Friday

A Note From the Director

 

The story of Freaky Friday, written by the great Mary Rodgers has resonated with audiences for generations.  Whether as a novel, or the many versions made into films, and now with this new musical, countless numbers of people have related to the story of a workaholic mother and her teenage daughter switching bodies the morning of the rehearsal dinner catered by the mother herself. And they have just one day to make it right again. With the help of a little brother, a soon to be stepfather, friends, and others along the way these characters race the clock to switch bodies back and make it to the wedding on time. 


Freaky Friday is a journey of empathy, the ability to see a different point of view. This show takes walking in someone else’s shoes to another level. Only a body switch can open these two women's eyes to each other’s lives and emotions when they need it most. As a director, I am attracted to the idea that understanding and empathy are fundamentally possible.  Our current times make the question of empathy and understanding a critical one.  How do we come together in our community to understand our differences while embracing our common goals, aspirations, and humanity?  Freaky Friday reminds us that trying to recognize each individual's aspirations, insecurities, and fears is the first step to healing our fractured American community.

Stephen Svoboda & Caira Goldstein

Cast List

Principle Characters

Katherine ............................................................................................... Lo Jackson

Ellie ................................................................................................ Kamryn Mohney

Torrey ................................................................................................... Elayna Brock

Fletcher ...................................................................................................... Gage Hill

Savannah ................................................................................................ Paige Hood

Gretchen............................................................................................ Lizzie Bowman

Hannah ................................................................................................. Riley Gibson

Adam ................................................................................................ Caleb Goldstein

Mike .......................................................................................................... Sean Cook

Parker.................................................................................................. Zach Abraham

Wells ........................................................................................................Jadon Muniz

Laurel/Ensemble/Female Swing .................................................... Gretta Griesbach

Louis/Ensemble/Well’s Dad .................................................................... James Ogle

Female Adult Track #1 ..................................................................... Ashley Dawson

-Danielle/Mrs. Myers/Officer Sitz/Savannah's Mom-

Female Adult Track #2 ................................................................. Taylor Richardson

-Grandma/Mrs. Luckenbill/Mrs. Time/Gretchen's Mom-

Male Adult Track #1 ................................................................................ Ben Pollizi

-Grandpa/Mr. Blumen/Senor O'Brien/Well's Dad/Parker's/Dad-

Male Adult Track #2 .......................................................................... Elias Rousculp

-Ehrin/Pastor Bruno/Officer Kowlaski/Hannah’s Dad-

Female Ensemble

Student/US Fletcher.....................................................................................Bri Clark

Savannah's Friend.............................................................................Carolyn Schutte

Caterer/Student/US Female Adult Tracks #1 & #2..........................Solana Petrone

Student/US Gretchen & Hannah..........................................................Natalie Joritz

Adam's Mom/Caterer/Student...............................................................Sam Rickard

Student...................................................................................................Michelle Chen

Student............................................................................................................Elise Hill

Caterer/Savannah's Friend....................................................................Julia Schaefer

Caterer/Savannah's Friend/US Torrey & Savannah.................................Lexi Lang

US Ellie...................................................................................................Jasmine Ridler

US Katherine........................................................................................Caira Goldstein

Male Ensemble

Student/Caterer/US Parker, Wells, & Male Adult Track #2.............Ben Neiberlein

Student/Caterer/US Louis.......................................................................Jackson Mills

Student/Caterer/US Male Adult Track #1.........................................Garrett Hummel

Student/Caterer/US Adam & Mike.......................................................Gavin Buurma

 

Meet the Cast

Zach Abraham is a freshman at Heidelberg University this year. He is currently pursuing a degree in both Musical Theatre and Business Administration. Zach is a member of the Concert Choir as well as the Honors Activity Board. He is excited for everyone in the audience to witness one of the most interesting performances he has had the honor of being in. Zach would like to thank his many supporters in Marion and Mount Vernon, as well as his musical theatre family here in Tiffin. Zach hopes everyone breaks a leg and would like to specifically thank this cast for accepting him with such open arms.

 

Lizzie Bowman is a third-year student at Heidelberg University, majoring in Musical Theatre and History with a minor in Literature. In the past she has been in Spamalot (Patsy), and The Little Mermaid (Ariel). While attending Heidelberg, Lizzie has been in The Music Man (Mrs. Squires), Mamma Mia! (Chorus), Cabaret (Rosie), Oedipus Rex (Chorus), and She Kills Monsters (Agnes). Lizzie has also been a member of the production team for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The Penguin Tango. 

 

Elayna Brock is a second year student at Heidelberg University. She has been in Oedipus (Sphinx), Lysistrata (Chorus member), and Fun Home (Joan). Elayna is very excited for her role as Torrey in Freaky Friday. She is involved in many different groups around campus including, BSU, Concert Choir, and the schools show choir, Hei-Notes. Elayna is very excited to be back on the stage this year with her theatre family and she can’t wait to make more memories.

 

Gavin Buurma is a Junior Musical Theatre major, with a minor in Business Administration and Theatre Education from Willard, Ohio. He has performed in various productions at Heidelberg including Mamma Mia!, The Music Man, The Penguin Tango, Shakespeare's Macbeth, Cabaret, and Fun Home. Gavin is a member of the Hei-Notes and a Student Ambassador. He would like to thank his friends and family, especially his mom, for all of their support. The cast and crew have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic and he is very excited for everyone to see the show!

 

 

Michelle Chen is a Junior Musical Theatre and English Writing major with a Theatre Education minor at Heidelberg. In previous years, Michelle has been in multiple shows at Heidelberg. She was in The Music Man and Mamma Mia! her first year. She was also the assistant costume designer for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and 9 to 5. Last year, Michelle was in the cast of She Kills Monsters playing as Evil Tina, Oedipus as ensemble/chorus, and Lysistrata as an old woman. This year, Michelle is excited to be in the cast of Freaky Friday as a student and the assistant costume designer.

 

 

Bri Clark is a sophomore musical theater major. She is also a part of the Heidelberg improv troupe and the Hei-Notes show choir. As well as acting and singing, Brianna is part of the production team, usually as a scenic charge. Brianna has been performing all her life and is ecstatic to continue her journey on the Heidelberg stage. 

 

 

 

 

Sean Cook is a freshman here at Heidelberg University. He is double majoring in Musical Theatre and Business. Sean is stoked to be a part of the shows and to meet new people. He can’t wait for you to see what the cast has been working on these past few weeks. 

 

Ashley C. Dawson is a senior double major in Music and Theatre. After transferring from Baltimore, Maryland, Ashley made her debut on Gundlach’s stage as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man. More recently, she was seen as Vera in She Kills Monsters, a featured ensemble member in Cabaret, Athenian Chorus Leader in Lysistrata, and as a soloist in The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Festival.  In her down time, Ashley runs musical theater summer camps and after school drama programs for Charm City Players. Special thanks to all of the people who have made this journey possible: family, friends, faculty, and mentors.

 

Riley Gibson is a sophomore at Heidelberg University majoring in musical theatre. She has participated in 10 musicals throughout her middle school, high school, and college career. At Heidelberg, she has been in The Music Man and Macbeth, Mamma Mia!, Cabaret, She Kills Monsters, and Freaky Friday. She has also been in Titanic at The Ritz Theatre. She has worked on the production team for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The Penguin Tango. She also assistant directed The Greek Plays: Lysistrata and Oedipus. 

 

Caleb Goldstein is a Freshman musical theatre major at Heidelberg University. This is his first production with Heidelberg and he is excited to be involved in the program. He was in past productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Footloose, and The Pajama Game at Oak Harbor High School and Genoa Community Theatre. He hopes you enjoy the show.

 

Gretta Griesbach is a sophomore theatre major here at Heidelberg University. She performed in productions all throughout middle and high school. Gretta was in her first production here at Heidelberg last year in She Kills Monsters. Along with her ensemble role in Freaky Friday, Gretta is also experiencing her first time as an understudy! Gretta is super excited to be back acting on the stage and would like to thank everyone for their support and hard work on this production!

 

 

 

Elise Hill is no stranger to the stage, as she has been involved in more than 20 productions both on and off stage. Elise is currently a freshman here at Heidelberg majoring in Musical Theatre. Her favorite role she has played is Sherrie Christain in Rock of Ages, directed by Stephen and David, and her most memorable role is Oaken in Frozen Jr, directed by Floyd Collins. Both productions took place at the Fremont Community Theatre. She is extremely excited to be working with such wonderful people this semester. “I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.” – Kevin Malone, The Office

 

Gage Hill is a freshman musical theatre major from Clyde, Ohio. In the past, he has performed in shows at both Clyde High School and Bellevue Society for the Arts. He has been in Seussical the Musical, Guys and Dolls, End of the World (With Prom to Follow), High School Musical, The Wedding Singer, Game of Tiaras, and Beauty and the Beast. He is excited to be performing again and able to bring people to a different world while ours is kind of crazy.

 

Paige Hood is currently a Junior at Heidelberg University where she is a Pre-Med and musical theater double major. Freaky Friday will be Paige’s 7th performance for HU Theater. Paige studied voice and theater at the Beck Center of the Arts for 10 years. Paige’s past performances include Cinderella (Cinderella), Pippin (Fastrada), Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks ), The Music Man, Macbeth, Mamma Mia!, The Penguin Tango (Gomez), Cabaret (Texas), and Oedipus (Jocasta). Paige is also a National Anthem performer and has performed at Progressive Field, Lake Erie Crushers Stadium, 4th of July Avon Lake Celebration, and the Ohio Fallen Police/Firefighters Memorial. Paige was lead vocalist for The Frats rock band, finalists in the 2017 Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Rock Off. Paige is thrilled to be performing in Freaky Friday and would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support. 

 

Garrett Hummel is a sophomore transfer student who is majoring in theatre at Heidelberg. This is Garrett’s first production here on the Gundlach stage, and he is very excited for everyone to see the end result. Garret enjoys singing and acting, and hopes to make a career out of it someday.

 

Lo Erin Jackson is a Senior Musical Theatre major, completing her undergraduate degree this semester. She will begin Heidelberg’s MBA program in January of 2021. Originally from Columbus, some of her favorite credits include 9 to 5 (Judy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), and The Secret Garden (Lily). Previously at Heidelberg, she has played Jo March in Little Women, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and Rosie Mulligan in Mamma Mia!. Lo is involved in many groups on campus, such as Zeta Theta Psi, Rho Eta Delta, and Alpha Psi Omega. She is so grateful that she gets to perform in this fun and empowering show as her final role in the program. Lo would like to thank the entire Heidelberg theatre community, especially Stephen and David, for their support and love over the past four years.

 

Natalie Joritz is a freshman musical theatre major and is thrilled to be making her Heidelberg theatre debut! Originally from Garfield Heights, Ohio, Natalie has been a theatre kid all her life. Previous stage credits include: Pippin (Manson Trio Dancer), The Addams Family (Morticia), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Violet Beauregard). Her love goes out to her friends and family for all their support, the creative team for the countless hours of hard work put in to make this production wonderful, and her castmates for always inspiring her to be better. Enjoy the show!

 

Lexi Lang is a freshman who is double majoring in Musical Theater and Education. In the past, she has participated in the Saginaw Choral Society, Thespians, Philharmonic Orchestra, and she co-founded the ASL Club at her high school. She has also been in 18 productions and is excited to be in her first one at Heidelberg.

 

Jack Mills is a freshman here at Heidelberg University. He is majoring in musical theatre, and plans to pursue acting and music in the future. Freaky Friday is his first show and it has been an amazing journey working on this production. Jack is really excited to work on future shows and continue to be a part of Heidelberg’s theatre program. Special thanks to Stephan and David for their dedication to the department. 

 

Kamryn Mohney is an accounting and musical theater double major at Heidelberg University. Kamryn is a second year student and debuted on the Gundlach Theatre stage as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret as a freshman. Another role Kamryn has enjoyed while being at Heidelberg, is Medium Allison in Fun Home. She is a part of the Hei-Notes here on campus. Kamryn would love to thank her friends and family for all of their support. Kamryn has been involved with theater since the seventh grade and is delighted to continue her journey at Heidelberg.

 

Jadon Muniz is a freshman this year at Heidelberg University. He is majoring in Musical Theatre as well as Business. Joan is so excited to be a part of this amazing production with all these amazing people. He would like to thank Stephen and David for being so amazing during the production process. He would also like to thank his parents and brother for their constant love and support.

 

Ben Neiberlein is a freshman at Heidelberg, majoring in theatre. He is cast in the ensemble and understudying for the roles of Parker and Wells. Last year, Ben attended Theatre Academy through his high school working on Almost Maine, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Imaginary Invalid. He also was a member of Young Actors Studio in Hudson, OH where he played Sweeney Todd in their production of Sweeney Todd, Dracula in Count Dracula, and Harry in Mamma Mia!. He would like to thank Elyse Romano for getting him started in theatre.

 

James Ogle is a musical theatre transfer student from Henagar, Alabama. James' show credits here at Heidelberg include: Weird Sister 3 in Macbeth, Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Victor in Cabaret, Orcus in She Kills Monsters, among many others. James would like to thank his family for their support and love.

 

Solana Petrone is a Sophomore Musical Theatre Major from Lakewood, OH. She is very excited to be understudying the two female adult tracks. Solana has previously appeared on the Gundlach Theater Stage in Cabaret (Kit Kat Dancer/Trumpet), Oedipus (Chorus), and Lysistrata (Old Woman). Additionally she has performed in Little Women (Jo March), 1776 (Abigail Adams), and Mamma Mia! (Rosie) in outside productions. She is so pleased to be back on the stage and so grateful for this department for making theatre work during this crazy time. 

 

Ben Pollizi is a sophomore musical theatre major and is so excited to be back on the Gundlach stage! He was last seen on stage as Steve in She Kills Monsters. He is so incredibly thankful to be able to perform in this show with an amazing group of people, and for being able to put on a production during these uncertain times. He hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Taylor Richardson is a junior Theatre Acting and English Writing Major with a Theatre Education Minor. This is her ninth show at Heidelberg University. She could have been seen most recently as Myrrhine in Lysistrata, Mrs. Alexander in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and in the ensembles of The Music Man, Mamma Mia!, and Oedipus. She hopes you enjoy the show and thanks you for your continued support of Heidelberg University Theatre!

 

Sam Rickard is a Freshman at Heidelberg University. She is double majoring in Theatre and Education, with a minor in Spanish. In this production, Sam is part of the ensemble and also on the production team, focusing on hair and makeup. She has been acting since she was 8 years old and is very excited to be involved in Heidelberg’s Theatre Program. Sam hopes to be in many more shows to come!

 

Elias Rousculp is beyond excited for this opportunity to perform during this uncertain time. He would like to thank his parents for their undying love and support. He would also like to thank Stephen, David, and Dr. Dusdieker for working tirelessly to make sure that each and every one of their students are receiving a world class education despite the pandemic. 

 

Julia Schaefer is a first year double major in English and Theatre from Grafton, Ohio. In high school, she was seen as Morticia in The Addams Family, and The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. She also worked as the choreographer for Midview High School’s production of Into The Woods. Special thanks to her new Berg friends and faculty for making her first semester so fun!

 

 

 


Carolyn G. Schutte is a freshman double major in Spanish and English Writing. She is from Rossford, OH where she attended Maumee Valley Country Day School. At Maumee Valley, Carolyn was active in multiple productions, most notably playing Jenny Hill in Big Fish, Jennie Mae in Diviners, and Queen Gynecia in Head Over Heels. She wants to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their support and encouragement throughout this process.

Meet the Production Team

Jason Belanger is a currently-nomadic music director and pianist from Fayetteville, NY. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2018 with BA’s in Drama and Psychology. Since then, he has been seen across the country touring with Spamalot the Musical (Keys 2/Asst. Cond.), interning with the Muny in St. Louis and Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, and working on various projects in NYC. Huge thank you to Stephen and David for their tireless work and endless kindness, and much love to his family and Chris!

 

David Cotter previously served as the Managing Artistic Director of Town Hall Theatre, the only theatre in Dayton, Ohio, exclusively presenting work for young audiences. While at Town Hall Theatre, David oversaw the redevelopment of the education programs, developed programming for adults with special needs, and created and implemented a facilities upgrade plan for the theatre which included new lighting, sound and audience seating upgrades. David was the Director of Education at The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, N.Y. where he oversaw a $3.2 million education collaboration program that focused arts integration and collaboration with students in the Syracuse City School District. In addition, he oversaw programming that included the Rock Camp experience, programming for adults with special needs and communications training for graduate and doctoral students in the medical fields. David is a certified music educator in Ohio and New York and spent time in the middle school classroom. David is a frequent presenter at conferences, which include the Southeastern Theatre Conference, American Alliance for Theatre Education, Florida Theatre Conference and Tedx. He is an avid musical theatre performer, director, and music director.

 

Caira Goldstein is a Senior at Heidelberg University. She is a Musical Theatre major. This is her first show where she is an assistant director and would like to thank Stephen and David for giving her this opportunity. She was previously in Fun Home, Lysistrata, Oedipus Rex, Macbeth, The Music Man, Cabaret, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, and A Grand Night for Singing. She also performed in the masterclasses of Tom Cippulo and Jeff Blumenkrantz here at Heidelberg. Caira thanks you for supporting our program and hopes you enjoy the show! 

 

Lauren Gronsky is a Sophomore theatre production major and is excited to be sound board operator. In her free time, she is a part of the marching band and honors program. Lauren would like to thank her family for always supporting her and coming to all of her shows.

 

Isaac Hulbert has always loved doing work behind the scenes, making costumes and props. He has always loved cosplay, comic books, movies, and especially plays, and musicals. Now Isaac is doing something that he hasn't done before, he is so excited to be managing all of the props for this show for the first time.

 

Kenzie James graduated from Heidelberg University in 2018 with her BA in English Literature and a minor in Theater, and again in 2019 with her MBA. During her time at Heidelberg she was cast in numerous productions including lead roles as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Lil Bit in How I Learned to Drive. 

 

Kenzie has worked as a dance captain and choreographer for Heidelberg for several years, most recently choreographing the Spring production of Mamma Mia!, the School of Music and Theatre Summer Camp productions of 13 The Musical, and Matilda. Last summer she also choreographed numbers in Titanic for the Ritz Players of Tiffin, and Rock of Ages for Fremont Community Theatre. 

 

Kenzie is currently entering her last year of studies for an MFA in Acting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She is grateful that she is able to return as a guest artist to the stage that started her career, and would like to thank the theater department for welcoming her back home with open arms.

 

Jordan Kline is a junior here at Heidelberg. Freaky Friday is her fifth show here in Gundlach. Jordan’s past shows include The Music Man, Mamma Mia!, Oedipus, and Lysistrata. For Freaky Friday, she is working on the light board. 

 

Jasmine Ridler is a junior Theatre and History double major. She is overjoyed to be the Assistant Music Director and understudy for Ellie. She has recently received praise for her performance in HU’s production of Cabaret as Fraulein Schneider. Jasmine plans to return to the stage as Deb in HU’s winter musical, Elf. She would like to thank Stephen Svoboda and David Cotter for their belief in her and passion for helping her grow. She would also like to thank her partner Em Swain for their support. 

 

Hannah Schoen is the assistant costume designer for Freaky Friday. She is a junior musical theatre major. Since coming to Heidelberg, she has been involved in The Music Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Penguin Tango, The Greek Plays, and She Kills Monsters. Hannah has also been involved in the community choir. She has done wardrobe in the past for Cabaret and was involved with Alpha Psi Omega’s haunted house. She hopes to continue to learn more about acting and costume design in the future here at Heidelberg. Thank you and enjoy the show!

 

Stephen Svoboda is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Heidelberg University, where he teaches coursework in acting, script analysis, musical theatre direction, play direction, theatre history and criticism. He is responsible for curriculum and course development in The School of Music & Theatre as well as being responsible for the artistic and programmatic development of Gundlach Theatre. He served as the Executive Artistic Director of the Redhouse Arts Center from 2011-2016. Previously, he served as the Executive Artistic Director of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. While at the Redhouse Arts Center, Stephen developed unique partnerships with a variety of organizations throughout the state, including a multi-million-dollar contract with the Syracuse City Schools that made The Redhouse the regional leader in arts education and integration. In addition, while at the Redhouse he created a repertory company of artists, designers and community members that enabled him to produce, in a typical year, over 16 productions, 300 classes and cultivate relationships with communities typically underserved by arts including urban youth and families and adults with disabilities. Prior to working in regional arts centers, Stephen taught at the University of Miami, where his students and colleagues ranked him as one of the best teachers in the College of Arts and Sciences. He created a BFA in Playwriting and Directing track that focused on developing young dramatists through devising, growing, and staging new works, while celebrating the great diversity of student voices.

His play, Odysseus Died from AIDS, was developed in Miami and received its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival, where the production was awarded “Best Ensemble.“ Odysseus Died from AIDS was published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2005, by the New York Theatre Experience, and received its international premiere in 2007 in Athens, Greece with a subsequent production in Seoul, South Korea in 2008. In March 2011, the Red House production of Odysseus DOA had a limited engagement run at Theatre Row Studios in NYC. Odysseus DOA had its regional premiere in 2012 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, where the production was awarded “Best Play in Connecticut” by Broadway World. The Penguin Tango, premiered at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival in The Actor’s Playhouse. The production was awarded “Best of the Festival” and extended as part of the Fringe Encore Series in the Lion Theater at Theatre Row. It was recently revived and revised on the Redhouse stage as part of the 2014-2015 season. Reconstructing Mama, a new musical written with N. David Williams, premiered Off Broadway at The Theatre Row Studios in August 2006. Stephen works internationally with The Harambe Project to help do HIV/AIDS education and prevention and orphan care throughout Africa.

 

Nick Talion is a sophomore at Heidelberg and is so excited to return to Gundach for yet another production! This is his first time ever being an assistant stage manager, but he has been in previous productions here at Gundlach such as Cabaret (Ernst), Lysistrata (Cinesias), and She Kills Monsters (Miles). He would like to thank his friends and family for all the support and for helping him make it this far, as well as the entire cast and the directors for making this show a memorable one!

 

Taylor Whitright is a second-year Theatre Production and Early Childhood Education double major. She is excited for her second production as stage manager at Heidelberg University. Her first production at Heidelberg was in the costume department for Cabaret. Last spring, she was stage manager of her first college production, She Kills Monsters. She would like to thank not only her close knit family, but also Linda D. Jackson and Benjamin Chaffee, Jr. for their continued support and inspiration in pursuing theatre arts. 

 

Theron Wineinger is a New York-based scenic designer. He is delighted to make his debut with Heidelberg University. Recent Designs: Sylvia and The 39 Steps (Summer Repertory Theatre, CA), The Giant Hoax (Theatre Row, NYC), Aida and Billy Elliot (Weathervane Playhouse, OH), A Man’s World (Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Carnegie, KY). BFA in Scenic Design from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Winner, USITT’s Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award. Instagram: @theron._ and Website: www.TheronWineinger.com

Heidelberg University School of Music and Theatre

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Tiffin, OH 44883

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