By Miriam Rixon
The fall play, ‘Freaky Friday’ has powerful themes based on current social conversations, showing the audience empathy.
“We wanted to [show] stories that would put an emphasis on people who had to learn in different ways what it was like to be another person,” said Jeff Frame, show director and professor of communication studies. “‘Freaky Friday’ is a story that does that, [with] the two main characters switching places and learning empathy and what it means to really listen to each other. It’s unique in that way.”
The musical ‘Freaky Friday’ will take place in Benson Auditorium from October 29 through November 7. Its the first show in “Season 180 degrees” which is about trading places. The shows this year will focus on walking in someone else’s shoes by having characters’ lives get flipped so they have more understanding.
‘Freaky Friday’ was originally a comedic children’s novel written by Mary Rodgers, published by Harper & Row in 1972. In it, the two protagonists, a mother and daughter, switch bodies and must learn how to navigate life in each other’s shoes. It has been adapted in several films and theatrical productions since.
The cast and production team are following Trevecca’s Covid-19 protocols.
“We have understudies and swings for this production,” said Melody Marse, a cast member and junior at Trevecca majoring in commercial music. “We do this in case one of us gets sick, or if we have to quarantine and we are not able to be here. [If that happens] then we have our swings who step up and take over any role.”
Tickets are on sale to the public now. Students with a student ID can buy $5 tickets at the door to any show.