Freaky Friday (Disney's)
This 2018 stage adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ often-filmed body-switching comedy is greatly enriched by its contemporary updating, and by the wonderfully rich score created by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Pulitzer Prize winners for Next to Normal). When a mom and her teenage daughter magically inhabit each other’s bodies for a day, each discovers unexpected things about the other. A surprisingly nuanced look at love, loss, and parenting, Freaky Friday is available in both a two-act version suitable for standard audiences, or a shortened one-act version which is geared more for a younger crowd. The set, props, and costume package designed by MTWichita works with either.
Freaky Friday features a sleek and inventive design by J Branson, which is effective for either the full two act version of the show, or the one-act edition based on the TV film. The scenic package utilizes a series of two-sided rolling units which take the action into all the various locations required by the script. These paneled units are shifted in full view by actors in each scene. Hard furniture is rolled into place to complete each picture. Minimal flying units augment a few scenes, but can also be tracked onstage or pushed on.
Offstage space: Hard fly units / rolling units actor motivated
Number of Trucks: * 1- 53’ air-ride
# Line sets used: 12
Portals: 4-(1-hard / 3-soft)
Load-in crew: 4-carps / 2-elecs / 2-props / 3-fly
Load-in time: 8+ hours
Show crew: 2-carps / 2-elecs / 2-props
Fly crew: 2
*See Space requirements for Logistic Requirements
Supported cast: 20-principals (10 & 10) / 9-female / 5-male / 19-teens
Shipping: 2- hampers
Principal size range: Female-0 to 12 / male-boys 12 to 48
# Ensemble Bottoms: N/a
# Ensemble Tops: N/a
Props include two identical hourglasses; the first lights up and changes color (by remote control), and does not break apart; the second hourglass does not light up, but does break apart at the center. Package also includes all furniture for kitchen including working cabinets, bedroom closets, school lockers, rolling biology tables, principal’s office furniture, gymnasium equipment, small rolling automobile interior, wedding reception tables, bus stop and bench, living room furniture, and various assorted hand props and set dressing for all scenes.
Offstage space: Minimal
# of road boxes: 1 + inside rolling units
Specialty Items: Magic hour glass (whole and broken)
Individual items for rent: None
# of drops: 5
Types of goods: Drape fabric / muslin show drop
Size range: Full stage
The Wichita production was performed against a full-stage LED screen, with projected images designed by Michael Commendatore completing the picture for all locations, including several animated sequences, most notably in the Act Two scavenger hunt around Chicago. The show can be performed without these projections, or the images can be used either as front-projected or rear-projected images.