Freaky Friday the Musical

music & lyrics by TOM KITT 

book by BRIDGET CARPENTER

based on the novel by MARY RODGERS & DISNEY FILMS

directed by VANESSA PORTEOUS

ABOUT THE SHOW

One Act Musical  |  Rated 6+  |  Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

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 based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, 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.

This new one-act musical is 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

DIRECTED BY: Vanessa Porteuous

MUSICAL DIRECTION BY: TBA

CHOREOGRAPHED BY: AMBER BISSONNETTE

Vanessa is a director, dramaturg, educator and arts leader based in Calgary, Alberta. This is her first time working at Storybook Theatre, though she has been there as an audience with her son! She was Artistic Director of Alberta Theatre Projects from 2009 to 2017. In 2019/2020, she directed the world premiere of Between Us at Handsome Alice Theatre, and the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors for Calgary Opera. Some favourite work includes: Bronte: The World Without and Christina, the Girl King (Stratford Festival); The Humans (Theatre Calgary); To The Light (Alberta Theatre Projects),  Gracie (The Belfry, ATP); Charlotte’s Web, Red, and You Will Remember Me (ATP), The Penelopiad (ATP, Arts Club); The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan and Pinocchio  (The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, tours); When That I Was (The Shakespeare Company), and The Syringa Tree (ATP twice, Thousand Island Playhouse). Vanessa is the recipient of two Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Direction.

COMMITMENT SCHEDULE

Please review the Rehearsal and Performance Schedule prior to making this commitment. Conflicts may be accommodated and considered during the rehearsal process. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL PERFORMANCES.

NOTE: SCHEDULES ARE BASED ON THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL OF DATES AVAILABLE AND WHILE NOT ALL DATES WILL BE CONFIRMED AVAILABILITY MUST BE MAINTAINED FOR SCHEDULING FLEXIBILITY.

CALLBACKS

To be held LIVE via Zoom. To be considered, auditioners MUST make themselves be available for the entire callback time. Details will be included in the invitation when sent.

August 16, 2020 – 10am to 6pm

REHEARSALS

September 7 to October 8, 2020

Sundays – 2:30pm to 10pm
Monday to Thursday – 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Saturdays – 2pm to 10pm

 

TECH WEEK

October 10 to October 15, 2020

Saturday & Sunday – 1pm to 11pm

Tuesday to Thursday - 6pm to 11pm

 

PERFORMANCES

October 16 to November 7, 2020

Tuesdays to Thursdays

9am CALL - 10am SHOW

Wednesdays to Fridays

6pm CALL – 7pm SHOW

Saturdays

1pm CALL – 2pm SHOW

6pm CALL – 7pm SHOW

Sundays

1pm CALL – 2pm SHOW

Mondays

Off

CHARARTER BREAKDOWN 
AGES: 10+ 

Some cast will play more than 1 character

Ellie Blake (F)

Our hero – 16, smart, funny; baggy, rumpled clothes; messy hair that hasn't seen a comb today, or yesterday

Age: 16 to 20

Vocal range: Alto

Katherine Blake (F)

Ellie's mother - 40s, decisive, lovely, punctual

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range: Mezzo

Fletcher (M)

Ellie's little brother - 10, naïve, eccentric, obsessed with magic

Age: 10 to 15

Vocal range: Tenor

Mike (M)

Katherine's fiancé - confident, handsome, kind

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range:  Tenor

Karl  (M)

Ellie's best friend - confident, funny

Age:  15 to 20

Vocal range: Baritone

Monica  (F)

Ellie’s best friend – cautious, afraid of just about everything

Age:  15 to 20

Vocal range: Mezzo

Adam  (M)

The Listmaster - a paragon of adorable cool

AGE: 15 to 20

Vocal range: Tenor

Savanna  (F)

The villain - brilliant, aggressive, a winner

Age: 15 to 20

Vocal range: Soprano

Kitty  (F)

The accomplice - daft but vicious, accompanies Savannah everywhere

Age: 15 to 20

Vocal range: Mezzo

Torrey  (F)

Katherine's sous chef - a high-strung perfectionist accompanies Savannah everywhere

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range: Mezzo

Danielle (F)

Down the Aisle journalist - polished, grimly cheerful

Age: 20 to 40

 

Dr. Ehrin

School principal - test-obsessed, overworked

Age: 40 to 60

 

Mr. Blumen (M)

Biology teacher - a cynical lifer

Age: 40 to 60

 

Mrs. Luckenbill (F)

English teacher - empathetic

Age: 40 to 60

 

Senor O'Brien (M)

Spanish teacher - pugnacious

Age: 40 to 60

 

Ms. Meyers (F)

Gym teacher - extremely intense

Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range: Mezzo

 

Officer Kowalski (M)

Police officer who never received sensitivity training

Age: 40 to 60

 

Mrs. Time (F)

Antique shop proprietor - apathetic, doesn't much like teenagers

Age: 30 to 60

 

Louis (M)

Down the Aisle photographer - seen it all, loves his job

Age: 20 to 40

 

Ensemble

 
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