Let it go at “Frozen Jr.” production

Apr 25, 2023

The public is invited to chill out on Saturday, April 29, at Take A Bow Youth Theater’s performance of “Frozen Jr.”

The show features 42 students from Grades 2 through 8 singing, dancing and acting out the Disney show.

“I think it’s nice because this is my final [show],” said Noah Clark, an eighth-grade student who plays Kristoff. “At the same time, [it’s] kind of sad because I’ve been with this company for four-and-a-half years, so it means a lot.”

Charlie Long, a fifth-grade student who plays Olaf, is also a Take A Bow veteran.

“We did ‘Annie’ and I noticed how fun it was and all the friends I made, and how nice [of] people they are. [So,] the next year I knew I would do “Frozen,”’ said Long.

A love of theater keeps kids like Long returning to each production.

“I really did love theater since I was in kindergarten,” he said.

Other cast members gravitated to “Frozen Jr.” because they can relate to their roles in the show.

“She’s kind of scared to be herself and she has a sister and she really loves her sister, and I have a sister and I really love my sister,” said Mya McPhillips, a seventh-grade student who plays Elsa.

Ellie Delmonico, a seventh-grade student who plays Anna, is happy to have the opportunity to play a variety of roles which she feels make her “a well-rounded actor.”

Taking part in a theater production is something she is grateful to do since her school does not have its own program.

Fifth-grade student Giuliana Gioni plays Sven and her favorite part of being in the show is “the singing and the dancing. The acting is good too but the singing and the dancing is…my favorite.”

“Frozen Jr.” is co-directed by Marianne Oien, a retired music teacher from Dartmouth Public Schools, and Michelle Dreher, the show's choreographer.

The two women enjoy working together and are excited to see the show come together.

“It’s going really well. This is the first time we’ve had such a large cast…the kids are doing really well with knowing all of their lines” said Oien. “It is [a show] the kids all enjoy.”

She is also very excited about the costumes, which she says “are going to be amazing.”

Showtimes are Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Westport Middle-High School Auditorium, 400 Old County Rd. Westport. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance at showtix4u.com/events/takeabow.

For more information, call 508-725-4206 or email takeabowma@gmail.com.