October 15 7:000 2022
at UWGB Fine Arts Theatre
A new musical adaptation of the classic novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update on an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day.
“Delightfully spunky” with “timeless appeal” (Variety), Freaky Friday features a new book by Bridget Carpenter (Parenthood) and an original pop/rock score by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal). This dynamic story puts a fresh new spin on a “polished, peppy, modern fairy tale” (The Washington Post).
Roles in this production:
Katherine Blake (Female, 40-50) a single mother who runs her own catering business. Overprotective and Type A, she believes she can have it all by doing it all: event planning, designing, and catering her own perfect wedding. Must also portray Ellie in Katherine's body. Strong belter. All Ethnicities.
Ellie Blake (Female, must look 15) - the hero of the story. A rumpled, disorganized "everygirl." She is smart, funny, and passionate about her school's underground scavenger hunt, but sees herself as a "Whats-her-name," and easily forgotten, unlike her "perfect" mom. Must also portray Katherine in Ellie's body. Strong belter. All Ethnicities
Fletcher Blake (Male, must look 8) - Katherine's eccentric son and Ellie's younger brother. He is a budding puppeteer who habitually annoys his sister (but secretly looks up to her). Could be played by either girl or boy. All Ethnicities
Mike Riley/Ensemble (Male 40’s) – Katherine’s fiancé and a contractor by trade. A warm, reliable, easygoing guy. He adores Katherine and her kids. Bari-tenor. All Ethnicities
Adam/Ensemble (Male, teen) love interest for Ellie. Slouchy and scruffy, he is a paragon of adorable cool. Acts as the “List Master” of the school’s annual underground scavenger hunt. Tenor. All Ethnicities
Torrey/Ensemble (20s-30s) – Katherine’s assistant - a high-strung perfectionist. Supporting role-comfortable singing the contemporary/pop musical theatre style. All Ethnicities
Savannah/Ensemble (Female, teen) The villain - brilliant, aggressive, a winner. Dancing a plus. Supporting role-comfortable singing the contemporary/pop musical theatre style. All Ethnicities
Hannah/Ensemble (Female, teen) Ellie’s best friend - intense, emotional, lacks confidence. Supporting role-comfortable singing the contemporary/pop musical theatre style. All Ethnicities
Gretchen/Ensemble (Female, teen) Also Ellie’s best friend - hacker-geek, self-described nerd. Supporting role-comfortable singing the contemporary/pop musical theatre style. All Ethnicities
Wells/Photographer/Ensemble (Male, teen) Ellie’s friend - dorky but not meek, best friends with Parker. Dancer. Featured role-comfortable singing the contemporary/pop musical theatre style. All Ethnicities
Parker/Ensemble (Male, teen) Ellie’s friend - completely average, best friends with Wells. Featured role-comfortable singing the contemporary/pop musical theatre style. All Ethnicities
Ensemble (Any gender 13-50) Seeking teenage and adult actors with fantastic singing voices of all ethnicities to be both ensemble and featured roles including teachers, grandparents, cops, students and others. All Ethnicities
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
A NOTE ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE OF FREAKY FRIDAY
Theatre teaches us many valuable lessons. Teamwork. Mutual Respect. Responsibility. Empathy. And so many other life skills...
Including creative problem-solving. It is this particular lesson we have been learning and practicing and teaching for several weeks now. Specifically, we are talking about our current production of “Freaky Friday”. Recently the show suddenly and unexpectedly transformed into “Somewhat Surreal Friday”, as we lost a primary cast member to unforeseen health issues. All of us at Dare to Dream Theatre wish her a full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with her as she recuperates.
In navigating how to best move forward, we will adhere to the age-old theater axiom: “The show must go on”.
Though we have found ourselves without one of our leads and insufficient time to replace the actor, we have chosen to proceed with this production. Too many actors, staff members, and family volunteers have dedicated too much time to simply cancel the show. We owe it to these people to stage the very best product that circumstances will allow.
While we cannot present the full production we intended, our young actors will share with the community what they have been rehearsing these many weeks. We welcome you to join them as they perform the songs, dances, and scenes they have worked so hard to perform. We are proud beyond words how these young actors have persevered and — to a person — risen to the challenge. Every rehearsal, we marvel at their strength, resilience, and commitment to each other... when throwing in the towel would have been so much easier.
We are calling it an informance. And we will be working to the moment the lights come up to make it a special and unique theater experience for the cast and audience alike.
We invite you to join us in celebrating their dedication and talents. Their stage skills are truly impressive. Who they are as people is even moreso. And to us, that’s what it’s really all about.
The event is one night only. The tickets are FREE. But donations are welcome: https://daretodreamtheatre.ludus.com/donate.php
Onward and Upward,
The Board of Directors of Dare to Dream Theatre