Worth Melting For Starlight’s ‘Frozen Jr.’ brings winter to Phoenix
By Laura Latzko
he fi lm 2013 “Frozen” enthralled audiences young and old with its catchy music and central storyline of sisterly love. The musical version sends a similar message of the importance of family and presents many of the same characters. The Starlight Community Theater will present “Frozen Jr.,” an abbreviated version of the Broadway musical, from Friday, August 23, to Saturday, September 7.
Adapted from the fi lm by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Jennifer Lee, the full musical opened on Broadway in March 2018. In the show, Elsa can create snow and ice but must hide her magical ability from others, including her sister Anna. Although they are close when they are little, this power ultimately endangers Anna and puts a strain on their relationship. During Elsa’s coronation, she is no longer able to hide who she is and is forced to flee. In the process, she brings a permanent winter to her town. With the help of ice seller Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven, Anna goes on a journey to help her sister. Also central to the story is a love triangle between Anna, Kristoff and Hans. The show has popular songs from the fi lm such as “Let It Go,” “Love is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “In Summer.” It also presents new songs such as “Dangerous to Dream” and “Hygge.” Directed by Nathalie Velasquez, the production will have a cast of 34 youth, ranging in age from 5 to 17. Many of the actors hail from North Phoenix and Anthem, but some youth travel from West Valley cities such as Buckeye and Goodyear for four rehearsals a week. In the show, three actresses have been cast as Elsa and Anna at different ages. Many of the cast members grew up watching “Frozen.” Velasquez says for the actresses playing Elsa and Anna, the roles are meaningful. “I think it’s pretty much any young girl’s dream to be Anna or Elsa. Every girl wants to be a princess. Just being able to play the role in our production I believe is a dream come true,” Velasquez says. Jesse Reed, left, as Elsa and Paige Schmella as Anna in Starlight Community Theater’s “Frozen Jr.” (Photo by
Nathalie & Co.)
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