Concord Children’s Theatre presents ‘Frozen Jr.’

  • Finn Ladue (center) as Olaf the snowman with the “Summer Chorus,” (from left) Keira Waldron, Nathan Baylus, Caleb Anderson, Gavin Johnson and Aubrey Anderson. Courtesy of Community Players of Concord

  • The cast and crew of “Frozen, Jr.”

  • Caleb Jackson and Erin Varley as the King and Queen of Arendelle, with Elise While and Holly Keenan as young Elsa and Anna.

  • Evelyn Duggan (right) and Madison Barton as Elsa and Anna. Courtesy of Community Players of Concord

Published: 10/2/2019 6:31:49 PM

The Children’s Theatre Project of The Community Players of Concord presents Disney’s Frozen Jr. Featuring a talented cast of 38 youth ages 9 to 17, directed by Karen Braz. The show is is the young actor’s version of the wildly popular Disney animated film and Broadway musical. It tells the tale of Princess Elsa, her struggle with her magic powers, and how the unrelenting love of her sister, Anna, saves them both. All the story’s well-known characters join the fun, including Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, Prince Hans, Olaf, the magical snowman and the many inhabitants of the magical kingdom of Arendelle.

Frozen was a fantastically popular movie that premiered in 2013, smashing box office records for animated films and garnering myriad awards, including Academy Awards for best animated feature film and best original song, and multiple Golden Globe, Grammy Awards and more. It was later adapted for the Broadway Stage where it premiered in 2018. The shortened Jr. version of the musical includes many of the movie’s best known songs, including “Let It Go,” “Fixer Upper,” and “In Summer,” while adding a few extra songs for good measure. This Children’s Theatre Project (CTP) production presents all of that toe-tapping music (and actual toe tapping, from a talented group of tap dancers), and a story familiar to many children and their parents, given the tremendous popularity of this Disney favorite.

The CTP production is the area premiere of Frozen Jr. and was a huge draw for young auditioners. Many tried out, including a good number of high school-aged actors, that director Braz said she found she could have cast the show twice. Alas, that was not a viable option. Braz knows there is a lot that audiences will like – definitely the music, dancing, comedy and drama, plus many colorful characters, including a royal family, a visiting prince, magical trolls, an “almost talking” reindeer and an enchanted snowman who thinks he loves summer.

Braz also says she finds that kids appreciate the characters and their personal stories, which make the themes of self acceptance, loyalty and selfless love ring loud and strong.

“I think many kids can really identify with Elsa, who struggles to come to terms with who she really is,” Braz said. “And we all can admire and learn from Anna’s loyalty and unflinching love for her sister, even when she doesn’t understand at first why her sister is shutting her out. It’s that kind of ‘true love’ that ultimately saves them and their world, not the fairy tale kind of ‘true love,’ ” Braz continued. “Parents in particular tend to like the way this show both enjoys and cuts through many of the typical fairy tale tropes.”

Braz’s veteran team includes a music director, producer, at least four seasoned costumers, set and lighting designers, props managers, a choreographer, a dance captain and assistant dance captain, stage manager, assistant stage manager and more. It takes a village to bring the Kingdom of Arendelle to life. With all this buzz, it’s clear that the Concord City Auditorium will be a magical place when Frozen Jr. takes the stage on Oct. 18 and 19. In fact, Olaf the snowman guarantees it.

There will be two performances only, so don’t miss it! Shows will be Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15, with a $2 per ticket discount for purchases prior to Oct. 16. Information and tickets are available at communityplayersofconcord.org or by contacting nhdm40@comcast.net or 344-4747. The Concord City Auditorium is located at, 2 Prince St. in Concord.




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