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Get funky with PCPA’s Freaky Friday

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PCPA’s performance of Disney’s musical Freaky Friday brings tons of energy, great acting, and a modern musical to Marian Theatre in Santa Maria until December 23, 2017. Freaky Friday retells the story of the time a mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies the day before the Mom’s big wedding.

 

Ellie (Molly Dobbs) is a young teenage girl who can’t wait to grow up and live life uncontrolled by her overbearing mother, Katharine (Karin Hendricks). Katharine is a hard worker, owning her own wedding planning business with the help of her antsy assistant, Torrey (Rosemary Brownlow). Additionally, Katharine is a mother to her two children, Ellie and Fletcher (Kyle Kuhn), and a soon-to-be wife to her fiancé, Mike (George Walker). Fletcher, an enthusiastic, puppet-loving kid, can’t wait for the charismatic and loving Mike to be his dad. Fletcher’s innocence and adoration towards Mike make both Fletcher and Mike easy targets for Ellie’s unidentified anger. Ellie is at her wit’s end with her family. All she wants is to escape her household, hang out with her friends, and dream of Adam (Jeff Salsbury), the coolest guy in school.

 

Freaky Friday primarily follows the lives of Ellie and Katharine as they separately go about their lives. Ellie and Katharine have a past of not getting along with one another, and with the stress of current events building up, Ellie and Katharine get into a feud the day before the wedding. While fighting over an unknowingly magical hourglass, Katharine and Ellie switch bodies and are forced to figure things out before Katharine’s big day. As the two now have to experience each other’s everyday lives, Katharine has no choice but to go to school for Ellie, while Ellie runs Katharine’s wedding planning business and takes care of matters at home. While at school, Katharine comes to gain a better understanding of Ellie’s personality, friends, and love-interest. Meanwhile at home, Ellie is learning what it is like to be her mother as she deals with her mom’s assistant, mothers her little brother, and plays wedding with Mike. As Ellie and Katharine experience a day in each other’s shoes, they also come to discover unspoken feelings of fear as Katharine is solidifying her relationship status and Ellie is emerging into the daunting world of adulthood.

 

The cast did an outstanding job of engaging the audience in this production. It was apparent that each actor had a clear understanding of their character. After the characters of Ellie and Katharine swapped bodies, it was as if watching two completely different people up on the stage, which was the goal. Karin Hendricks’ (Katharine) mannerisms, voice, and attitude as a teenage girl were hilariously accurate and sure to bring laughter to any age group. The costume shop did a great job of slowly changing Hendricks’ costume–adding leggings, a hoodie, and sneakers. Karin Hendricks and Molly Dobbs (Ellie) were also spectacular in their singing. While all the vocalists were fantastic, Hendricks and Dobbs were the lead singers and definitely stood out in their performances. Rosemary Brownlow (Torrey) had such an intriguing on-stage presence as she played such an energetic and spastic character, bringing comedic elements to each scene she was is in.

 

Of course, the actors could not have possibly achieved this without the director, choreographer, and various designers behind the production. I can honestly say Freaky Friday was a play that greatly stood out to me in comparison to other PCPA performances. Since the play involved the showing of multiple events going on at the same time, there was an arrangement of small sets on wheels at either side of the stage made for quick changes. I had never seen a play done this way, and it really heightened the energy as set pieces swooped off and on the stage.

 

The choreography involved in this play also really blew me away. Specifically during the songs “Oh, Biology” and “Watch Your Back!”–the young cast was featured here, and there was great energy from the cast. This production aroused an array of emotions, keeping the audience constantly hooked and at the edge of their seats. I’m not exaggerating when I say the entire audience gasped and exclaimed shrieks of terror when Ellie kicked over Katharine’s wedding cake.

 

PCPA did an even more outstanding job than usual with Freaky Friday. This play would be enjoyed by any age group and is an especially good family play to see for the holidays, and I think teens and tweens alike would really enjoy this modern fairy tale. Tickets are for sale until the last showing on December 23, 2017 so be sure to purchase a ticket and don’t miss out on this extraordinary performance.

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