Freaky Friday: The Show Must Go Back On!

Excited to Be Back

April 13, 2021: Gross Catholic’s Dux Esto Drama Club was proud to present the Disney Musical “Freaky Friday” last weekend. After a year and a half of no live productions, students, staff and the community were excited to finally be back in the theater.

What we did at Christmas Time

At Christmas time, Drama made the decision to do a fully virtual performance. Everything was prerecorded, every musician sang alone, the sound was all compiled and then presented to the Gross Catholic community through a virtual performance streamed on You Tube. Ms. Jackson, Director of Theatre Arts and Vocal Music, stated “While we learned a lot, we really missed being in person and so we got the courage to attempt an in-person performance.” Consequently, when the Spring Musical came along, we were very exited to try it live.

Freaky Friday Adaptations

Adapting to the current situation, actors remained masked at all times during rehearsals and actors socially distanced as well. Everyone created “pods” within the production so that possible exposure could be contained. The cast wore clear masks when performing for audiences, but remained in cloth masks until the final dress rehearsal.

“The pandemic was an opportunity for us to use the Marianist Charism of Education for adaptation and change. The beauty of collaborative art is that we can always pursue a new way of creating and it is influenced by everyone in the room. Being able to create a live theatrical production after such a period of fasting from so many things that we love, I was reminded how much we need the arts and how grateful I am that we are able to start creating again.” Ms. Jackson


About Gross Catholic

One of Nebraska’s premier private schools, Gross Catholic High School is a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through academic excellence in the Marianist tradition. Recognized locally for its outstanding education, welcoming atmosphere, competitive sports programs, engaging activities, robust faith, and boundless service work, Gross Catholic has energized the Omaha area for over 50 years. Gross Catholic recently received the KVSS Radio Superstar School Award and the Omaha World-Herald Omaha’s Choice award for private schools.

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