'Disney's Freaky Friday' comes to WeGo Drama stage

Wego Drama at West Chicago Community High School continues its 2022-23 season with "Disney's Freaky Friday," a new musical adaptation.

Based on the novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, this musical comedy is a sure crowd-pleaser.

On the day of her wedding, Katherine Blake magically "switches" bodies with her teenage daughter. Hijinks follow as they have to cover not being themselves.

After spending time in each other's shoes, mother and daughter learn a great deal about each other.

It is the perfect culmination of the Wego Drama season theme of "Discover Who You Are."

Junior Sentia Irakoze, who plays the daughter, states, "The body switch story is so fun to play; it allows me to be multiple characters."

Additionally, Elizabeth Hurley continues, "It is full of such joy. At its heart is a family. It is a great story that everyone really should see."

Junior Alex Bradley states, "This show is actually deep, too. The lyrics keep making me think so much about life and the world we live in today."

And Mariah Varnado adds, "I love singing these songs and dancing up a storm. It really is a great one to bring the whole family to!"

From left, Jocelyn Ramirez, Bo Dragosh, Ella Moffatt, and Elizabeth Hurley rehearse a scene for Wego Drama's new production of a new musical adaptation of Disney's "Freaky Friday." Courtesy of Wego Drama

The company of actors and crew for the show includes:

• From Carol Stream: Alex Durkin, Arson Gutierrez, Sarah Larimer, Alysa Solomon, and William Wenberg;

• From West Chicago: Mariana Acosta, Stephanie Alfaro, Noemi Amaro, Michael Angeles, Issac Argomaniz, Kenya Bahena, Leo Barrientos, Alex Bradley, Lucas Brown, Wil Cooper, Cristina Correa, Emmanuel Cruz, Pamela Cruz, Chris Garcia, Danais Gomez-Garcia, Sentia Irakoze, Kayliana Koeune, Matthew Krysinski, Ali Manspeaker, Michaela Miller, Karidja Monjolo, Milly Mora-Zarco, Leah Nika, Chris Nunez, Edgar Oropeza, Romina Pietanza, Kaitlyn Pilon, Jocelyn Ramirez, Jack Riconosciuto, Vincent Ross, Sam Rutledge, Ryley Salazar, Nancy Sanchez, Justin Vazquez, Ja'Nyah Villa, Kai Weems, Dayan Zenteno, and Connor Zentner;

• From Wheaton: Luca Fantozzi;

• From Winfield:, Bo Dragosh, Carolyn Fleming, Elizabeth Hurley, Avery Moffatt, Ella Moffatt, and Mariah Varnado.

Mark Begovich directs the Wego Drama production with technical direction by Christopher Jensen, musical direction by Brandon Fantozzi, choreography by Nancy Bocek, crchestra direction by Marissa Janiszewski, costumes by Kim Maslo, and hair and make-up by Jaime Elza.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, April 27-29, at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago.

Tickets are $8 or $5 for students.

Assigned seating tickets are on sale at Tickets will also be available at the door.

"Disney Freaky Friday, A New Musical," with music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey and book by Bridget Carpenter, is produced through special arrangement With Music Theatre International (MTI), New York, New York.

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