The Straw Hat Theatre shows ‘Freaky Friday’

A musical version of “Freaky Friday” is the next attraction in Ashtabula’s Straw Hat Theatre summer season.

It features songs by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning duo responsible for “Next to Normal,” and a book by Bridget Carpenter, who has worked on such television shows as “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

The stage version retains the “walk-a-mile-in-my-shoes” message of Mary Rodgers’ novel as a mother, Katherine (played by Tiffany Kiphart), and daughter, Ellie (Jessica Drake), switch bodies and realize just how difficult the other’s life can be. But it also addresses ideas of positive body image, the difficulties of women in the workplace and other contemporary issues.

They have just one day to figure out how they can get back where they belong, but before that, mom has to contend with life at school, including P.E., frog dissections, and coming face-to-face with Ellie’s crush, while Ellie has to handle her mother’s wedding plans.

“Freaky Friday” will be staged 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and July 19 to 21 and 25 to 27on the grounds of the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, senior citizens and military and $11 for children ages 2 to 12 if purchased in advance. Tickets are $17, $15 and $13 the day of the show. Tickets are available online at ashtabulaartscenter.org and by calling 440-964-3396.

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