Jindalee resident in WA debut of freaky body swap musical

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Fletcher played by Lewis Wagstaff of Jindalee annoying his teenage sister Ellie played by Gemma Hanh.

JINDALEE resident Lewis Wagstaff is getting ready for a freaky Western Australian premiere, playing Fletcher in the popular musical Freaky Friday. 

 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 could not 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,” Ms Shaw 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, Ms Shaw has worked with Blak Yak, KADS, Playlovers, Roleystone, Stirling and Kwinana Theatres and is currently president of the Independent Theatre Association. 

 Ms Shaw 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,” she said.  

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

 Freaky Friday plays at 7.30pm at Stirling Theatre, Morris Pl, Innaloo on April 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6 and 7 with a 2pm matinee on May 1.

Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BUQHN