Students in grades 3-12 encouraged to participate in Disney’s Frozen Jr.

Curtain going up, temperature going down! Area students are encouraged to join the cast and crew of Disney’s Frozen Jr., presented by the Reif Arts Council in collabora­tion with the Grand Rapids Players.

This Theater Education Program guides students in grades 3-12 through the entire theatrical process as they sing, dance and act their way on stage in the delightful production based on the enchanting modern classic.

Registration for participants is open now and rehearsals take place after school beginning Sept. 16. The program culminates with a weekend of performances Nov. 15-17, in the Wilcox Theatre at the Reif Arts Center.

Disney’s Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show 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.

The program is led by Artistic Director Jim Cagle, Education Director Katie E. Smith, Music Director Rachel Coppock, and administered by the Reif Arts Council.

“I am so excited to be part of the directing team for Frozen Jr.,” said Smith. “I have known Jim Cagle for a long time and I always have a blast working with him. He, Josh and Rachel bring so much energy and passion to this program. In addition to doing choreography for the show, I will be focusing on the behind the scenes design and production aspects with our students. This added educational element will be a wonderful compliment to the work the team will continue with the cast.”

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney’s 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 such a charming script for young performers. This show is the perfect opportunity for veteran performers and first-time actors alike to get on stage. The unforgettable characters from the animated film will all be part of the cast as well as many ensemble characters. We need a lot of young performers to make the magic of Disney come to life,” Smith said.

Students who are interested in working behind the scenes, instead of on stage, are encouraged to participate.

“We have a place for everyone in this show! We need young artists who enjoy working backstage or who have skills in design/construction just as much as we need people who like to shine on stage. We are offering a well-rounded glimpse into the world of theatrical production,” Smith said.

Benefits of educational youth theatre are endless, and include critical and creative thinking, problem solving, confidence and self-esteem, physical activity and movement, and social awareness.

Contact the Reif Box Office to register at 218-327-5780. Visit reifcenter.org/theatre-ed for more information. Cost is $120; limited, need based, scholarships are available. 

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