Mikey Hensley (left) as a student, Chynna Birkmire as Savannah, and Kevin May as Riley (right).

Freaky Friday: a New Musical

Mikey Hensley (left) as a student, Chynna Birkmire as Savannah, and Kevin May as Riley (right).

Mars Hill University’s Theatre Arts Department is honored to premiere Disney’s “Freaky Friday: A New Musical” both in North Carolina and as the first collegiate production.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, February 21-23, 2019, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, February 24. Also included in the performance schedule is a school matinee February 21 at 12 p.m.

The new musical is based on the beloved 1972 Freaky Friday novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. It features a script by Bridget Carpenter, co-executive producer and writer of 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.”

The plot concerns an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies, then have just one day to put things right again. It is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, characters 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.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students with student identification, and free for Mars Hill University students and staff. Tickets may be purchased online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1005579. For more information, contact the box office at (828) 689-1389 or at boxoffice@mhu.edu.

The next production from the Mars Hill University Theatre Arts Department will be “Jack Tale, The Appalachian Folk Tales,” including workshops with the famous self-taught Appalachian folk artist Charley Frye and tours to Western North Carolina schools.

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