Saturday, April 9th, 2022 - Stirling Theatre

GET ready for a freaky West Australian premiere – the highly-popular musical Freaky Friday is coming to Stirling Theatre.

Based on the Mary Rodgers novel and directed by Kimberley Shaw, the stage show tells a similar story to the four Disney movies of the same name.

Mum Katherine and her teenage daughter Ellie magically find they have swapped bodies but the timing couldn’t be worse, given Katherine’s wedding is the next day and Ellie is in deep trouble at school.

Both are forced to live each other’s lives until they can find a way to swap back again.

“It’s very similar to the most recent Disney film, which was directly based on this musical,” Kimberley said.

“The songs help us get a clearer view of Ellie and Katherine’s thoughts and we also see more of Ellie’s little brother Fletcher and Katherine’s fiancé Mike.

“The main challenge, of course, is directing a teenager playing someone middle-aged and an adult playing a teen.”

Involved in theatre for more than 30 years, Kimberley has worked with Blak Yak, KADS, Playlovers, Roleystone, Stirling and Kwinana Theatres and is currently president of the Independent Theatre Association.

She has several awards to her credit, twice-winning best production and best youth production at Dramafest, the annual state drama festival, and also scoring the best musical gong at the Finley Awards three times.

“I felt I wanted to do something that was light-hearted and fun and, as the mum of three daughters, I found the storyline of Freaky Friday really appealed,” Kimberley said.

“I am also enjoying the opportunity to do a WA premiere.”

Freaky Friday plays at 7.30pm April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6 and 7 with 2pm matinees April 24 and May 1. Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BUQHN.  

Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

 

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freaky1-2: Eilise Phan, left, and Gemma Hanh are appearing in the West Australian premiere of the classic body-swap comedy Freaky Friday.

freaky3: Ellie (Gemma Hanh, centre) on a scavenger hunt with friends Gretchen (Ffion Bishop, left) and Hannah (Ciara Malone) in the musical Freaky Friday.

freaky4: Ellie (Gemma Hanh, left) faces off against mean girls Laurel (Anneka McLennan), Savannah (Paris Ceglinski) and Alexandra (Bronte McLennan) in Freaky Friday.

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Stirling Theatre


Stirling Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote and encourage drama and allied arts within the City of Stirling for cultural, educational and recreational purposes. The community theatre group based in the Innaloo Community Centre near Perth, Western Australia.

The group has been in existence since 1970 and prides itself on the quality of its productions, endeavouring to produce five or six seasons a year. Stirling Theatre also promotes youth theatre activities through workshops, youth musicals and one-act play seasons. It also offers opportunities for community groups to fundraise through charity nights held during a season.

Our history

Stirling Theatre began in 1970 with the amalgamation of Northbridge Repertory and The Intimate Players.

Our original home was in the Old Perth Roads Board on Main Street, Osborne Park, but we were soon moved to the Progress Hall in Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough. Our membership increased gradually and, in 1978, we were given the old Health Administrations Office in the City of Stirling precinct. After much renovation, this became the much-loved Stirling Theatre. Here we stayed, growing in strength and reputation, until Christmas 2000 when we were forced to move. The City of Stirling then gave us the use of the Innaloo Community Centre and equipped us with a new purpose-built stage, greenroom and bio-box, auditorium chairs and evaporative air-conditioning. The job was finished with the installation of theatre lights, sound equipment and stage curtains. We were also given sole use of the office and a storeroom, which became our props room, and a double-meeting room that was used to create a large wardrobe area.

We have been fortunate to receive valuable assistance from Lotterywest on two occasions. In the early days at the community centre, funding was made available for necessary lighting and sound equipment and, in 2008, we received another grant that enabled us to install retractable raked seating. The theatre now comfortably seats 118 people.

There is wheelchair access and two seats reserved for wheelchairs in row A. There is also an accessible toilet. Stirling Theatre is happy to welcome all patrons with disability.


Kimberley Shaw
P: 0421 727 753
W: www.stirlingplayers.com.au

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Freaky Friday, Stirling Theatre, musical, performing arts, premiere, stage, Mary Rodgers, Disney

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