Freaky Friday set for festival centre stage

SHOWTIME: Port Pirie Youth Theatre were busy rehearsing at the yacht club ahead of their performances at the Northern Festival Centre.
SHOWTIME: Port Pirie Youth Theatre were busy rehearsing at the yacht club ahead of their performances at the Northern Festival Centre.

Port Pirie Youth Theatre's production of the fresh and poppy Freaky Friday is set to bring the Northern Festival Centre stage to life.

The cast of 33 children are putting the finishing touches on their work in the musical as they get ready for the performances on September 20 and 21. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the Mary Rodgers novel and hit Disney films, has just been released for amateur groups to perform. It boasts a catchy soundtrack that's sure to have the audience engaged.

The story follows a mother and daughter who are dealt the ultimate challenge when they magically switch bodies and have just one day to put things right again.

Taking up lead roles in this year's performance are Brianna Pisani as Ellie (the daughter) and Lucy Duffield as Katherine (the mother). Director Rennae Vincent-Heylen said this year's production had a boppier soundtrack following on from their performance of Alice in Wonderland last year.

"This has more of a High School Musical type of feel," she said. "Because of the poppy soundtrack, there's quite a bit of choreography."

Renee Martin is taking care of choreography while also serving as assistant director. Scott and Tarina Everett are again serving as musical directors while Natalie Scarman is the technical director.

The production's lead performers, Brianna and Lucy, will mark the final year with youth theatre this year and are set to end their time with the group on a high note. They are among a small group who will bid farewell to the group in a passing of the baton that will see more talent continue to develop.

Lucy said as Freaky Friday was an unknown musical, it was a greater challenge as they were learning unfamiliar songs as well as choreography.

The production is also challenging for the leads in terms of getting into character as the premise of the storyline is about mother and daughter changing bodies. Lucy said it was nervous leading up to showtime.

"Once the curtain goes up, my nerves just go away," Lucy said.

Brianna said it was a good confidence boost for young kids.

Lucy is hoping to go to university next year to study performing arts while Brianna has her eyes set on taking part in the Southern Flinders Players' upcoming production of Mamma Mia.

The pair encouraged people to come along and support Port Pirie Youth Theatre.

"It's a fun and exciting show," Lucy said.


Performance times

Friday, September 20 - 11am and 7:30pm. Saturday, September 21 - 7:30pm.


Adult: $25, Concessions: $22, Students: $22. Group 8+ (Matinee only) $22

Book tickets at the Northern Festival Centre. Box Office - Tuesday to Friday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm and one hour prior to performances