Frozen JR

From left, Hannah Boothe as Sven, Branton East as Hans, Hunter Bond as Kristoff and Piper Waters as Anna rehearse one of their scenes in “Frozen JR.” Monday at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The production is scheduled for July 19-21.

More than three dozen youngsters will hit the Krider Performing Arts Center stage July 19-21 to present Disney’s “Frozen JR.” — based on the 2018 Broadway musical.

The production has been in rehearsal since early June.

Performances are at 7 p.m. July 19-20 and 3 p.m. July 21. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $10 for premier seating and $5 for students/children.

The show will bring Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage and features all the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. 

According to the director of the KPAC production, Brooke McCord, this is a story of true love and acceptance between sisters. “Frozen JR.” expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. 

When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

“With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, ‘Frozen JR.’ is sure to thaw even the coldest heart,” McCord said.

“I’m very excited this production is now to be in Paris.”

The KPAC cast, with some playing more than one part, includes David Troutman as King Agnarr, Juliet Romines as Queen Iduna, Joceyln Romines as the young Anna, Briley Medlin as the middle Anna and Piper Waters as Anna.

Likewise, the young Elsa will be played by Aubrey Bonar, with the middle Elsa played by Finley Homesley and Abby Webb as Elsa. 

Others in the cast include Wyatt Jones as Pabbie, Zoe Pouliot as Bulda, Hunter Bond as Kristoff, Hannah Boothe as Sven and Branton East as Hans. Olaf is being played by Keaton Roberson, the Duke of Weselton by Olivia Wyatt and Oaken by Garret Gallion.

There are six townspeople: Ella Seaton, Townes Boyd, Anna Hefner, Katelyn Buie, Ayla Gooch and Faith Hutson.

The snow/summer chorus is Elliana Myren, Peyton Mowell, Mason Smith and Naomi Daniel. There are also five hidden folk: Madison Melton, Jaqueline Medbury, Mattie McCormick, Monique Gray and Homesley. 

The castle staff includes Lindy Young as the housekeeper/cook, Kyle Stanton as the butler, Stacey Smith as the handmaiden, Vincent Capazzo as the steward and Braxton Wilson as the bishop. There are seven members of  Oaken’s family: Gabby Lucas, Jorden Johnson, Caroline Callahan, Anna Hefner, Juliet Romines, Boyd and Medlin. The two guards are David Troutman and Boyd. Other members of the production crew include Boothe, stage manager; McCord, Boothe and Josh Randle, choreography, assisted by Boyd and Hefner; and Hefner, costume designer, assisted by Ally Hefner.

The set designer is Isaac Gish, with sound by Nathan Miller. McCord is assisted by Anna Daigle as makeup designer.

“When ‘Frozen’ was released it was an instant Disney classic and everyone in the theatre business knew it was only a matter of time before a stage adaptation was released,” McCord said.

“Frozen” takes place in Norway and the KPAC production includes a variety of Nordic culture and folklore, including Elder Futhark runes and Nordic folk dance.

“Of course, there’s  a lot of snow,” she said. “If the heat has got you beat, I can’t think of a better solution than cooling off with Anna and Elsa next weekend at the Krider Performing Arts Center.”

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