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Wake Forest students to stage ‘Freaky Friday’

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WAKE FOREST — It’s going to get a little “Freaky” in Wake Forest the next few weeks.

Wake Forest Renaissance Arts Productions will present “Freaky Friday: The Musical” March 28-30 and April 4-6 in the Wake Forest High School auditorium.

Next week’s opening shows are the culmination of months of hard work for Wake Forest High School students and theater staff as they have prepared relentlessly for the performances.

According to Wake Forest High School Theater Artistic Director Marie Jones, Wake Forest will be the first North Carolina high school to perform the show.

“They’re enthusiastic and they work so hard and they want to be excellent,” Jones said. “They are highly driven to succeed and they want to produce the work that they can share with an audience.”

The musical for “Freaky Friday” was released by Music Theater International in August 2018 with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, based on the popular novel by Mary Rodgers. The musical will follow the same storyline as the 2003 film, which featured an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swapping bodies ahead of the mom’s wedding.

Jones said there will be two different shows during the two weekends which is why she encourages audience members to check out both productions. She teased that teachers, administrators, parents and local celebrities will make cameo appearances.

Jones said everyone involved in the production has put countless hours into preparing, which began in December, to ensure that “Freaky Friday” will captivate theatergoers. She added despite the time put in by everyone that has been part of the production, she wishes there was more time for everyone to perfect their craft.

“These kids come to school at 6:30 in the morning, they work all day, they have homework, some of them have jobs ... .

“So they are grasping every minute to polish and perfect the story.”

Tickets are currently being sold online on the Wake Forest High School website and will be available at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The box office can be reached at 919-554-8611, ext. 23735.