Bishop Dwenger brings “Freaky Friday” to the stage

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Bishop Dwenger High School student Megan Sheehan will play Ellie Blake in the spring musical, “Freaky Friday.” CONTRIBUTED

By Joshua Schipper
For IN|Fort Wayne publications

Bishop Dwenger High School invites audiences to its spring musical, “Freaky Friday,” May 3, 4 and 5.

The 2018 musical, based on Mary Rodger’s 1972 novel and two Disney films, tells the story of a mother and her teenage daughter who swap bodies. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, the characters come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance and realize the love and respect they share.

The musical will star students Faith Didier as the mother, Katherine, and Megan Sheehan as the daughter, Ellie.

Didier said her favorite part of performing is the connection she gets to create between her character and the audience.

“It feels really good when you know the audience is laughing, crying and engaging with the show and the story you are telling,” she said.

Sheehan said she is looking forward to bringing her character to life.

“(Ellie) is so full of confidence, and she’s a little feisty. When she has to take on the role of her mom, she learns to let her emotions show,” she said.

The musical will take place in conjunction with the school’s Fine Arts Showcase. Student artwork will be on display in the performance area.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Tickets are $6 for students, $8 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating (guaranteed first five rows). General admission is free for children age 4 and younger.

Bishop Dwenger will also offer specials on tickets each night. Friday is family night, and families of 10 or more pay $5 for general admission. Saturday is date night, and students can buy two tickets for the price of one. Date night will also feature a “Freaky Friday” photobooth and musical-themed treats at the concession stand. Sunday is grandparents day, and seniors will be offered half-price tickets.

Each Friday, a clue will be posted on social media with a chance to enter to win two general admission tickets. To learn more, follow @BDChoirDrama on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

For more information, call 260-496-4700 or visit facebook.com/bishopdwengerchoiranddrama.