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Trollwood’s 2019 Mainstage Musical:


Proudly sponsored by:

Ages: 14 through 2019 graduated senior

Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

Program Dates: May 30-August 2

Cast Auditions: February 24-25

Cast Callbacks: February 26-27

Orchestra Auditions: March 7, 8, 9, & 12

Technical Theatre Involvement:  Register for a Technical Theatre Experience – Scenic class, Technical Theatre – Independent Study, and/or for Technical Run Crew.

Measurement Party: April 5, 6:30 – 10:00pm at Trollwood Performing Arts School

Kick Off Meeting: May 30, 7:00pm at Trollwood Performing Arts School

Orientation: June 5, Marcil Commons

Box Office: Opens June 3

Discounted Group Sales: OPEN NOW for purchases of 10 or more tickets on a single performance night

Tech Week: July 1-3, 5-10

Performances: July 11-13, 17-20, 24-27

Strike: Cast, crew and orchestra members are REQUIRED to attend strike week, July 29-August 2

Production Party: Thursday, August 1

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 17. Registration remains open after this deadline however, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

Fees: See Program Fees page here.

Register: Click here to download registration form.


Artistic Director

The summer of 2019 celebrates Stage Director Michael Walling’s 29th year of service to Trollwood Performing Arts School. Michael arrived at Trollwood in 1991 to teach three levels of musical theatre and the following year he began his journey as the resident director of our musical. Today, as the Artistic Director of the Main Stage Musical, Michael continues to lead the national artistic team to produce high quality professional theatre while inspiring hundreds of our local students through the discipline of arts education. Because of Michael’s continuous dedication to educating the youth of our community, it was announced in 2001 by the mayor of Fargo that from this day on, July 18th would officially be “Michael Walling Day” in Fargo ND. His Trollwood directing credits include: Oklahoma, Two productions of Anything Goes and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Damn Yankees, Crazy for You, Footloose, Les Misérables, Kiss Me, Kate, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wiz, The Music Man, Legally Blonde The Musical, Shrek The Musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Mary Poppins, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Hello, Dolly! and he is currently working on Freaky Friday!

The rest of the MM Production Team is below, alphabetized by last name:


Assistant Stage Manager/Deck Chief

Meagan Brooks is currently studying at Columbia College Chicago with a focus in Stage Management for Theatre. This will be her second year at Trollwood and she is very excited to be back as the Assistant Stage Manager/ Deck Chief. She has previously Stage Managed the following: I’ll Call That Living, Point of V, Shadow Box, Kindertransport and Medea.


Technical Director

This is Dwight’s second summer as technical director with the Trollwood Performing Arts School. Dwight oversaw the build and technical details for Trollwood’s 2018 production of Hello Dolly! His previous experience includes working as the associate technical director at Utah State University, where he earned an MFA in scenic design and technical direction. Dwight lives with his wife in Logan, Utah.


Sound Designer & Audio Director

Christian is a Fargo-native freelance sound designer and audio engineer who has been working professionally in the area for over 5 years. He is thrilled to be back with Trollwood for his second summer! Christian served as the Sound Designer and Audio Director for Trollwood’s production of Hello Dolly in 2018. Selected local sound design credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Titanic, Aida, Grease, Billy Elliot, Godspell, Phantom of the Opera, Putnam County Spelling Bee, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical the Musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, and RENT. Christian is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University.



Michael Estanich is the Artistic Director of the Chicago based dance theatre company, RE|dance group. Since 2009 RE|dance group has been presenting work in nationally recognized dance festivals throughout the United States. In summer of 2016, RE|dance group was invited to present its seminal duet Abbot & Viv at the New Dance for Asia International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael is also a Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He teaches modern dance, composition, dance pedagogy, movement analysis and dance history. He earned his MFA from The Ohio State University and his BFA from Denison University. His creative research currently examines ideas of space, architecture, landscape and habitation often resulting in dances supported by sculptural environments. Michael’s professional performance credits include Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Cerulean Dance Theatre, Rebecca Rosen, Melanie Bales, Bebe Miller, a reconstruction of Mark Morris’ choreography All Fours, and Susan Marshall’s ARMS. He is the North Central Regional Director of American College Dance Association (ACDA). Michael has been a part of the Trollwood Performing Arts School dance faculty since 2006, serving as the department chair since 2010, and the choreographer for the Mainstage Musical since 2015.


Master Carpenter

Trevor Flocco is thrilled to be working as Master Carpenter for Trollwood this season. He grew up doing theater in Pennsylvania and is now a Utah resident. For the past several years he has worked on scenery at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuacahn, Lyric Repertory Company, Cape May Stage, and The Great American Melodrama (TGAM). He spent the last year at Utah State University (UST), teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Technical Director, where he also completed his MFA in 2017. Some of his favorite projects include construction of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Tuacahn),Treasure Island (USF), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (USF),  designing Twelfth Night (UST), Time Stands Still (UST), Baskerville (TGAM), and technical direction on Big Fish (UST), Anna Karenina (UST). His portfolio can be found at trevorfloccodesign.com. He looks forward to marrying the love of his life at the end of the summer!


Props Master

Jacob Foster is new to this stage but previously propped at New Jersey Repertory Company for their main stage and the West End Arts Festival. He was at Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, VT) propping such productions as ONCE and The Mousetrap. Previously, A Christmas Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and Moonlght and Magnolias at Mill Mountain Theater (Roanoke, VA). For two summers he called Totem Pole Playhouse (Feyetteville, PA) home with Judith Ivey as one highlight. In 2017 Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Auburn, NY) let him prop two Youth Theatre tour productions, including Girl Who, a brand new musical in a choose-your-own-adventure style. Other Venues: The Hippodrome State Theatre (Gainesville, FL), The Station Theatre (Urbana, IL), and Central Piedmont Community College Summer Theatre (Charlotte, NC).


Carpentry Instructor/Carpenter

Matt is eager to begin his first summer working as a Carpenter/Instructor with the Trollwood Performing Arts School.  He’s currently based in Helena, MT, where he lives with his radiant, patient and absurdly supportive wife Kaci.  He holds an MFA in Scenic Design and Technology from the University of Montana (UM), where he enjoyed the privilege of working on the US Exhibit for the 2011 Prague Quadrennial in Prague, Czech Republic.  Since then he’s worked extensively as a technical director and scenic designer for Grandstreet Theatre (GST) in Helena, MT and served as a teacher and technician for the Helena School District.  Some of his favorite projects include designing and building James and the Giant Peach (GST), designing The Cherry Orchard (UM), and most recently designing and building Figaro for Helena’s Capital High School Theatre Department.  His portfolio can be found at https://www.gibbonsdesign.org/


Stage Manager

Jordan “J.J.” Jones (Stage Manager) is thrilled to join the Trollwood Performing Arts team for Freaky Friday! She has had the pleasure to work with some remarkable companies in the past few years such as Crane River Theater Company, Chamber Theatre Productions, and Omaha Theater Company. Some of her favorite projects have been The Little MermaidThumbelinaHairsprayLegally BlondeOklahoma!Tuesdays with Morrie, and her touring show Encore!. J.J. is currently located in Birmingham, AL working as the Assistant Production Stage Manager in the Wright Center at Samford University’s campus.


Orchestra Director

Sue Jordahl has been a part of the Trollwood family filling multiple roles for more than 20 years. Sue is delighted to work as the Trollwood Performing Arts School Pit Orchestra Director for the sixth year.   Previous work with the Pit Orchestra includes being the lead keyboardist and a mentor since 1995.  Sue has been part of the Trollwood faculty where she has taught classes for both Trollwood Academy and Totally Trollwood Academy, as well accompanying dozens of Trollwood Academy classes over the years.  Sue holds a Master of Education degree from NDSU, where she is also active with the Gold Star Alumni Band. Currently, Sue is an instructor at West Fargo High School where she teaches band and is very involved in the musicals put on by the school. She also participates in the pit orchestras of other area high schools as the keyboardist, most recently Fargo North. In addition, she has served as the director for the West Fargo Community Band and is the organist/keyboardist and hand bell director for her church. During the school year, Sue plays percussion with the Lake Agassiz Concert Band. Sue’s entire family has been involved at Trollwood over the years, as her husband, two children, and son-in-law have all been members of the Trollwood Pit Orchestra and her children are Trollwood alums, as well.


Costume Stitcher & Wardrobe Crew

Lydia Kabzinski is ecstatic to join the Trollwood Performing Arts team for Freaky Friday! She is a junior  Theatre student from Morehead State University, in Morehead Kentucky. Prior show credits include: Terra Nova, Little Shop of Horrors, and Afflicted: Daughters of Salem. She is very excited to have had the opportunity to Costume Design for the world premiere of Snipe Hunters Circus this year. This will be Lydia’s first summer with Trollwood and she is excited to be a part of the summer team as a stitcher/wardrobe crew member.


Scenery & Lighting Designer

Jack Mehler has designed lighting and scenery for theatre, dance, opera and corporate events for over twenty years based in New York. He was the 2013 recipient of the Korean Musical Theatre Award for Lighting Design of the year (the Korean Tony) for Rebecca and the 2012 recipient for Elisabeth. Notable recent projects include Marie Antoinette for EMK International in Seoul, Billy Elliot for Ogunquit Playhouse and premieres for The Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, and Ballet Memphis. His work for TPAS began in 1996 with the scenery design for Guys and Dolls and he has designed scenery and/or lighting for 20 TPAS productions. He was an owner’s consultant for the Trollwood New Home which opened in 2009. His work has also been seen with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Cleveland Play House, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Manhattan Theatre Club, Northshore Music Theatre, Seattle Rep, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Paper Mill Playhouse, The WPA Theatre and many others. Jack lives in Bronxville, NY with his wife Marquerite and their children Patrick, Ben, and Katherine.

Kyle Nesler

Production Manager

Kyle Nesler is a recent graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a minor in Theatre. There, he had many unique opportunities, such as performing with International jazz groups and directing a choir at the State Penitentiary. A musician and educator by trade, Kyle has had many enriching experiences in theatre. He started acting in high school, and eventually found his way to Trollwood, where he acted in Shrek the Musical and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Once in college, he branched out and filled many roles off stage and backstage, including technical direction and music direction. Before Trollwood, Kyle has worked with the Gooseberry Park Players (Moorhead, MN) and Dakota Stage Ltd. (Bismarck, ND). Kyle is passionate about arts education, and is grateful to work with a company that educates local youth on such a grand scale.


Costume Designer

Jason is very happy to be joining the team at Trollwood for his second summer as the costume designer for Freaky Friday. Jason made his Trollwood debut as the costume designer for Trollwood’s 2018 production of Hello Dolly! Jason’s other professional design work includes co-designing costumes for The Medora Musical, in Medora, North Dakota since 2014. He has also designed costumes for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Commonweal Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Citadel Theatre Company, Cortland Repertory, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, as well as others. In addition to design work Jason has constructed costumes for Barrington Stage Company, Drury Lane Theatre, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jason serves as Associate Professor of Theatre in Costume Design at Indiana University South Bend. He received a BA from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.

Erin Roe

Rehearsal Accompanist

Erin Roe is a Minneapolis-based musician. She works as a private piano and voice teacher, pianist, and organist throughout the Twin Cities. She is an active solo performer and also works regularly with choral and chamber ensembles. Erin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Piano Performance.


Costume Shop Manager

Becky just completed her third year as Costume Shop Supervisor at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. In March, Becky directed the MSU production of “The Snipe Hunter’s Circus”, an original script.  Last summer, she participated in MSU’s production of “Einstein’s Dreams” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Also at MSU, Becky designed “Little Shop of Horrors”, for which she received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Commendation for design.  Shop supervision for shows there include “Tartuffe” “Ghost: The Musical”, “Terra Nova”, “Afflicted: Daughters of Salem”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Einstein’s Dreams”, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, “The Giver”, “Twelfth Night”, “Pajama Game”, and “See How They Run”, and the annual university Gala and music program’s Madrigal dinner.  Becky was the staff costume designer at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO, for six years, designing over twenty shows, and directing three.  While at SFCC, Becky received KCACTF commendation for direction of “This Is Not A Pipe Dream”, several commendations for costume design and twice had designs featured in the costume parade at closing ceremonies.  Her costume design credits also include Ozark Actor’s Theatre in Rolla, MO, productions “Annie Get Your Gun”, “The 39 Steps”, and “Damn Yankees”, in addition to supervising the costume shop.  Becky’s past credits include running away with the circus, where she was a wardrobe supervisor for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and designer for RBBB Clown College.  She has an MFA in Costume Design from Western Illinois University.


Master Electrician

Matt is a 2018 graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where he earned his BA in Theatre. He began his work as an entertainment lighting technician his freshmen year in college and served as the Master Electrician for over 10 productions at school and in the community theatre scene. Matt also works as an over hire lighting technician for IATSE Local #76, and in May 2018 he received the UIW George Burnette Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre. When he is not working, Matt enjoys writing music, visiting comic book stores, and hanging out with friends. Last summer Matt served as the Lighting Technician for Trollwood’s production of Hello, Dolly! and is very excited to serve as the Master Electrician for Trollwood’s 2019 summer musical, Freaky Friday!


Vocal Director

Eliza Snortland is the director of choirs at White Bear Lake Area High School-North Campus where she conducts five choirs, assists two others, and vocal directs the musicals. She recently completed her graduate studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. While pursuing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting, she also directed the NAU University Singers, co-directed the NAU Chamber Singers, and chorus mastered two lyric theatre productions. Prior to moving to Arizona, Eliza conducted 6th-8th grade choirs at Central Middle School in White Bear Lake, MN and sang with the semi-professional ensemble, Magnum Chorum, based out of the Twin Cities. For the past six summers, Eliza has served as the vocal director for the Mainstage Musicals at Trollwood Performing Arts School. She is a former Trollwood student and was the vocal student leader for two summers. Eliza is also a graduate of Saint Olaf College, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education. She sang and toured nationally with the St. Olaf Choir and served as the alto section leader. When she is not conducting choirs or vocal directing musicals, Eliza enjoys arranging choral music, cooking, and planning her wedding!


Lighting Technican

Adam is a BFA Technical Direction student at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. Prior show credits include Assistant Technical Director for Arsenic and Old Lace, and Assistant Scenic Designer for Peter Pan at King Philip Regional High School, Scenic Run Crew for Harvey and electrician for Poison of Choice at Salem State University. This will be Adam’s first summer working with Trollwood and he is very excited to work as the Lighting Technician for Freaky Friday!


Lighting Director

Katie Whittemore is new to Trollwood this summer and is very excited to be a part of the team. She recently moved to NYC, where she works as a freelance lighting designer. Katie also served as the Master Electrician for ACT of CT’s production of Working. Before moving to the city, Katie was the Lighting Supervisor at North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts for two years, where she had the pleasure to serve as Jack Mehler’s associate on multiple productions. Katie’s other work includes lighting designs for multiple new works in NYC and community theatre and collegiate performances around Massachusetts. She received her BFA with a concentration in Lighting Design from Salem State University in 2016. While in school she received the 2016 Creativity Award, as well as the KCACTF Region One Lighting Design Award.  She now lives in the Washington Heights area with her husband Corey and their two cats.   katiewhittemoredesign.com


Lead Cutter

Makayla is a theatre student at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Her focuses are in Costume Design/Construction and Acting. She is excited to be part of the team for her first summer at Trollwood. Prio show credits include Assistant to the Costume Designer for Underpants, Assistant to the Costume Designer and Hair/Makeup Designer for Stupid F*****g Bird, and Costume Designer for Into the Woods. When she isn’t working in the costume shop or in rehearsals, Makayla loves to spend time with her nephews and cat.


Charge Artist

Courtney Winkelman is excited to return to Trollwood Performing Arts for her second season. She is a freelance scenic artist based in Chicago, IL. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Technology from Auburn University and has completed a scenic painting summer intensive at Cobalt Studios. When she’s not in the theatre painting, she is selling her art on Etsy and re-reading Harry Potter. Theaters she has worked for include: Chicago Scenic Studios, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Victory Gardens, Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Gift Theatre, Porchlight Musical Theatre, Auburn University, De Paul University, Springer Opera House, and First Tech. She would like to thank her parents and sister for all their support over the years. War Eagle.

JOIN US AT THE MAINSTAGE MUSICAL JULY 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 2019

Trollwood Performing Arts School is proud to announce its 2019 Mainstage Musical, Freaky Friday! Newly released, Trollwood is excited to bring this classic story of a mother and daughter magically swapping bodies and, as a result, learning what life is like by spending a day in each other’s shoes, live to the Bluestem amphitheater. Filled with numerous positive messages for every age, this humorous musical is sure to entertain all who attend. Trollwood’s production of Freaky Friday is proudly sponsored by Bell Bank.

The composer duo of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, who brought to life the exciting score for Freaky Friday the musical, have long lists of musical theatre credits to their names. This team won awards for their work on both Next to Normal and If/Then. In addition, Tom Kitt was the orchestrator, arranger, and music supervisor for SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway musical. He was also the orchestrator for American Idiot. Brian Yorkey is know for his work as a writer and producer on “13 Reasons Why”.

Synopsis from Music Theatre International: The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films (and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres), features a book by Bridget Carpenter – the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” – and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, 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.

Auditions will be held February 24-27, 2019 for the Cast. Students may sign up for one of the audition time slots occuring on February 24 or 25 by calling Trollwood at 218-477-6500. Callbacks for dance, singing, and acting will take place on February 26 and 27. Orchestra audition dates are March 7,8, 9, & 12, 2019. Sign up for a 15 minute time slot on any of those days. All auditions are open to students currently in grades 8 through 12. In addition, students may participate as a run crew member or technician by registering for summer programs beginning in January.

A free audition workshop will be held at Trollwood on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm to help prepare students for cast auditions.  Please call Trollwood at 218-477-6500 to sign up.

Group Sales are open now for purchases of 10 or more tickets on a single performance night.

For individual ticket sales, the Trollwood Box Office opens June 6, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Freaky Friday is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684.

Freaky Friday Book by Bridget Carpenter, Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Based on the novel Freaky Friday by MARY RODGERS 
and the Disney films.

Young Performer Auditions for Trollwood’s Freaky Friday 

Position for the 2019 production of Freaky Friday have been filled. See you next year!


Prerequisite: By Audition. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of all training opportunities available. Please consider the Trollwood Academy & Trollwood Conservatory roster of classes as you plan your summer.

Rehearsal: Monday–Friday rehearsals, May 31-June 26, meet 4:30-9:15pm; June 27, Sun Celebration times TBD; June 28 meet 9:00am to 5:00pm. Saturday rehearsals: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 meet 9 am – 4 pm. Tech Week rehearsals daily July 1-3, 5-10 day and evening rehearsals, schedule TBA. (Rehearsal schedule may vary as other details for summer are confirmed. Please reserve Sundays throughout June as alternative rehearsal dates may need to be added once other events are booked in the amphitheater.

Monday, July 1 – Tech Week begins

Cast members have responsibility to the Mainstage Musical and must attend ALL scheduled meetings, rehearsals and performances between May 30–August 2.

NOTE: It is discouraged to miss any rehearsals. After three excused absences, the additional days of rehearsals missed directly affects the amount of responsibility you will be given in the Mainstage Musical. Approval for an excused absence must be secured in advance through the submission of a written request and requires the approval of the Mainstage Musical Artistic Director.

Mainstage Musical cast participants must register for one period of a Trollwood Academy class or at least one session of Trollwood Conservatory. Otherwise, cast members must register for one period of Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience class (June 5-27, available periods 1-4).

Performances: July 11-13, 17-20, 24-27.  Showtime: 8:30 pm each night.

Strike: Cast members are REQUIRED to attend strike July 29 – August 2.

Production Party: All students are invited to celebrate their success at a production party, August 1, 7:00 pm, Marcil Commons, Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem.


All cast position for the 2019 production of Freaky Friday have been filled. See you at the show!


Top Reasons to Join the Orchestra…

  • Meet new friends from all around the region as you rehearse and perform the musical accompaniment to the Mainstage Musical
  • Improve your skills as a musician
  • Learn how to perform in a musical style you may not get to experience otherwise
  • Connect with many of the region’s finest musicians
  • Demonstrates your commitment to music/performance for post-secondary education recruiters
  • Master Classes with professional musicians—give you an opportunity for association and advanced teaching not readily available to high school students
  • Be part of 100+ students all working toward the goal of making an extraordinary performance!
  • Best of all—it’s FUN!

As an orchestra member at Trollwood you will work hard to provide the musical framework that creates a really great musical show, but you’ll also make life-time friends and memories while you laugh and play (as in ‘have fun!’), and create wonderful music!

Our evening rehearsal schedule allows you to have a day job, take Trollwood classes, Summer School, or just hang out with friends, so you CAN “have it all” this summer!

Mainstage Musical Instrumentation

All Band and Orchestra Instruments; this includes:

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass
  • Drums and Percussion
  • Keyboard
  • Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn, and Euphonium
  • All Woodwind Instruments

Prerequisite: By audition

Auditions:  March 7, 8, 9, & 12.  Contact Trollwood Performing Arts School at 218-477-6500 to schedule your audition time.

Rehearsals: Orchestra rehearsals are May 31 through June 28, 6:00-9:30 pm, Monday–Friday, Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem.

Saturdays and Sundays during June are not scheduled at this time; however, additional rehearsal time may be scheduled as necessary.

Daily evening rehearsals with the cast begin Monday, July 1, Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem.

Conflicts must be submitted at audition. It is possible to miss limited rehearsals and still perform for shows at the director’s discretion.

Tech Week: Daily evening rehearsals, beginning Monday, July 1, including Saturday and Sunday, through July 12

Performances: July 11-13, 17-20, 24-27

Strike: Orchestra members are required to attend strike, July 29 – August 2.

Production Party: August 1, 7:00 pm, Trollwood at Bluestem, Marcil Commons

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 17. Registration remains open after this deadline. However, a $25 late fee will be assessed.


Freaky Friday Pit Orchestra Audition Information

All orchestra positions for the 2019 production of Freaky Friday have been filled. See you next year!


Safety Practices: All technical theatre study work is carried out using strict safety practices. Therefore, students must complete safety instruction on the care and use of all hand and power tools, equipment, and materials prior to being allowed to use them. Students will be expected to use hand tools, power tools and machines, electrical equipment, computers, paint, chemicals, foam, and other construction materials appropriate to the area of study as part of their coursework.

Any student who abuses or misuses any Trollwood tools, equipment, or materials will not be allowed further access to the item, which may affect their ability to complete required coursework and thus may be dismissed from the program.

Students are required to wear safety gear (protective eye wear, ear protection, etc.) and follow safe operating procedures for all tools, equipment and materials used at Trollwood.

Foot Wear: Proper footwear must be worn during all technical theatre classes and work or construction sessions to ensure maximum safety for participants. Proper footwear consists of closed toe and covered heel shoes, and may include athletic shoes, boots, loafers or street shoes. Proper footwear should form to the foot and not be “loose,” nor allow for movement of the foot inside the shoe. Sandals, flip flops, open-backed, and some slip-on shoes are not adequate footwear for technical theatre classes and work sessions.


This year we have 4 options available for our technical theatre students. Choose the program(s) that’s the best fit for you and sign up for the corresponding option on the Trollwood Registration Form.

Technical Theatre Class – Scenic (Geared for ages 11-15; however, all ages are welcome to registrer)
Prerequisite: None
June 5-27, Trollwood Academy class/Totally Trollwood Academy Elective, available periods 1 & 3.

Get hands on experience in technical theatre!  This course will give you the opportunity to better understand technical theatre and grasp the concept of teamwork as the backbone of any successful theatrical production. Class participants will receive training and guidance from a skilled instructor.

To sign up, check the box marked “Technical Theatre Class – Scenic” under the Trollwood Academy or Totally Trollwood Academy section of the Trollwood Registration Form.

Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience
Prerequisite: Previous tech experience
June 5–June 27, Trollwood Academy Class, flexible schedule

Students work side by side with our staff of theatre professionals in all the areas of technical theatre needed to mount the show. Choose your area of interest from Costuming, Lighting/Sound, Set Building/Paint/Props, Hair/Makeup, and become a part of the team!

To sign up, register for one or more periods of Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience in your chosen area on theTrollwood Academy section of the Trollwood Registration Form.  There is also an option to do Mainstage Musical Tech Independent Study during after school hours.  You will meet with the instructor/professional artist-technician of your chosen area to determine your personalized, after school study schedule.

Mainstage Musical Run Crew
Prerequisite: Previous tech experience
July 1, 2, 3, 5–August 2, during Mainstage Musical tech week and performance schedule

Running crew members are students who operate equipment and carry out various technical theatre functions of the Mainstage Musical during performances. Team members’ running crew roles are determined by department heads, who consider the student’s dedication to learning, their performance throughout construction sessions, and their ability to handle responsibility. Running crew members work in the following areas:

Wardrobe crew assists with quick changes during the performance and manages costume care.

Lighting crew is responsible for running lights for the show, to provide mood and spirit to each scene.

Makeup/Hair crew transforms their peers with new faces and hair styles.

Props crew assists with the management of the props during the run of the show.

Set crew is responsible for executing scenic shifts during performances.

Sound Reinforcement crew assures the audience can hear all the performers.

To sign up, check the box marked “Mainstage Musical Run Crew” under the Trollwood Academy section of the Trollwood Registration Form. Please indicate your area of interest.

NOTE: If you are interested in being on a Technical Run Crew, it is strongly recommended that you also sign up for either “Technical Theatre Class – Scenic” or  Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience”. See details previously posted on this page.

Check back periodically throughout the summer for documents relevant to Mainstage Musical participants.

All current forms and resources can be found here.


The Mainstage Musical offers cross-curricular arts education and training to high school students.  It also provides valuable performance experience and unique, differentiated instruction tailored to the needs of every student.  The multiple curricular areas and applicable standards and benchmarks are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks are addressed in every opportunity, but a significant number of standards and benchmarks within multiple disciplines are represented.


Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

9-12.1.1. Sing with expression and technical accuracy.
9-12.1.2. Sing music written in four or more parts, with and without accompaniment.
9-12.1.3. Sing in small ensembles with one student per part.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance (Orchestra only)
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

9-12.2.1. Perform on an instrument, alone and in small and large groups.
9-12.2.2. Perform with expression and technical accuracy on a string, wind, percussion, or classroom.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

9-12.3.1. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonizing parts.
9-12.3.2. Improvise rhythmic and melodic variations.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

*This standard is not applicable in Mainstage Musical

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

9-12.5.1. Know how to read a score of up to four staves.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

9-12.6.1. Know the uses of the elements of music in the analysis of compositions representing diverse genres and cultures.
9-12.6.2. Understand technical vocabulary of music.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

9-12.7.2. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic qualities.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

9-12.8.1. Know how artistic elements and processes are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts.
9-12.8.2. Understand the ways in which the principles and concepts of various disciplines outside the arts are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

9-12.9.2. Know sources of American music, the evolution of these genres, and musicians associated with them.
9-12.9.3. Know various roles that musicians perform and representative individuals who have functioned in each role.


Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.

9-12.1.1. Know elements of dramatic literature.
9-12.1.3. Understand the impact of choice of medium.

Standard 2: Acting
Students use fundamental acting skills.

9-12.2.1.Understand the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters found in dramatic texts from various genres and media.
9-12.2.2. Know various classical and contemporary acting techniques and methods.
9-12.2.3. Know how characters as an ensemble communicate with audiences.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

9-12.3.1. Use technical elements to design a production plan for a scene or play.
9-12.3.2. Perform publicly and house management duties.
9-12.3.3. Manage a technical element of a scene or play.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students understand drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

9-12.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence the theatre.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

9-12.5.1. Understand the relationship between production elements and the director’s interpretation of the playwright’s script.
9-12.5.2. Understand the relationship of background research for a production to the audience’s comprehension and enjoyment of the production.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

9-12.6.1. Use Understand how drama influences the development of creative thinking skills, critical thinking skills, and social skills throughout one’s life.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how elements of drama are used in similar and distinctive ways in various arts.
9-12.7.2. Know the ways in which drama influences other disciplines.
9-12.7.3. Know the ways in which other disciplines influence drama.


Standard 1: Movement Elements
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

9-12.1.1. Use appropriate technique in dance.
9-12.1.2. Know complex steps and patterns from various dance styles and traditions.
9-12.1.3. Understand the importance of using various complex time elements.
9-12.1.4. Understand the principles governing combinations and variations in a broad dynamic range.
9-12.1.5. Understand why it is important to project in dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

9-12.2.1. Understand the importance of structures and forms of movement.
9-12.2.2. Understand the use of improvisation to generate movement.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

9-12.3.1. Understand how movement choices are used to relate abstract ideas and themes in dance.
9-12.3.2. Understand how interpretation of dance can be influenced by personal experience.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

9-12.4.1. Establish a set of aesthetic criteria for evaluation.
9-12.4.2. Formulate and answer aesthetic questions.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

9-12.5.1. Know the similarities and differences among various contemporary theatrical forms of dance.
9-12.5.2. Know dance pioneers as an index to the artistic and social values of civilization.
9-12.5.3. Understand how dance and dancers are portrayed in contemporary media.
9-12.5.4. Know the traditions and techniques of classical dance forms.

Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.

9-12.6.1. Know how lifestyle choices affect dancers.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between dance and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how dance is similar to and different from other disciplines.
9-12.7.2. Know how technology can be used to reinforce, enhance, or alter dances.