LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Passaic Valley High School theater department will be presenting "Freaky Friday" this weekend.

"We are honored and excited to be a part of the Disney Theatrical Licensing Pilot Program," said director Jennifer Shue. "The pilot program chooses a select group of schools throughout the country to mount a production of a Disney musical before it is released to general licensing. We are thrilled to be one of the first schools nationwide to produce the brand new musical version of Disney’s modern fairy tale, 'Freaky Friday.'"

The show will be performed Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m., Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.pvstheater.com or at the door.

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"Freaky Friday" delivers a contemporary musical comedy with sharp wit, rousing tunes and a deeply emotional core. Its book is by Bridget Carpenter ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights") and has an original pop/rock score by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey ("Next to Normal," "If/Then").

The students and staff at Passaic Valley are extremely enthusiastic about the show.

 
"This has been a very exciting time for PV Theater," Shue said. "We are so happy to be one of five in the country putting this show on the stage. It has been very challenging in all aspects. Because this show hasn't been produced yet, we are all going on our own creative juices." 
 
Rob Lavagno has created a set that revolves 360 degrees. The staff includes Maggie Letsche, assistant director and costumes; Mike Deluccia and Pia Vanderstreet, musical directors; Jenny LeProtto, choreographer; Nick Marmo, lighting designer; and Alexa Arrabito,hair and make up.  

The cast line up includes Annie Challice, Gabi Volonnino, Alex Papasavas, Marc Garcia, Aaron Nieves, Gabby Rose, Trinity Hines, Mia Preziosi, Gabby Cielo, Mark Huggins, Alexandra Paese, Andre Papasavas, Michela Speller, Chris Perez, Chanelle Garcia, Rachel Irizarry, Camryn Frey, Evan S, Nick Iacovo, Brooke Berrigan, Ashley Povolo. Stage managers are Eden O’Connor, and Sophia Ayoub.

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Passaic Valley alumni Jess LeProtto took part in the workshop for "Freaky Friday" and has acted as the creative consultant throughout the the entire pre-production process.
 
Last week the students performed at the Bucks County Theater Festival and won Best Production and Best Actress for both Gabi Volonnino and Annie Challice. They have also been invited back to attend and perform at the Best of the Fest on May 6.