Submitted by Sheila Mehta-Green on behalf of the JGMS Theater Department
The John Glenn Middle School Performing Arts Department presents “Frozen JR.” – opening on Thursday, March 30. The show will run through Saturday, April 1 in the JGMS Auditorium.
“Frozen JR.” is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, written by Jennifer Lee. It brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage.
The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
“Frozen JR.” is a story of true love and acceptance between sisters; it 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.
Some of the cast members shared what they enjoy most about the roles they are playing. Eighth grader Emma Cohen, who plays Elsa, enjoys the challenge of expressing different emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, and joy throughout the performance. Eighth grader Aiden Green, who plays Sven, is having fun exploring the comedic and physical side of acting to best portray Sven’s silly and trusted companion role.
Learning how to “get into character” takes practice. Gavin Derderian, an eighth-grade student who plays Hans, spent time attending and researching other performances of “Frozen JR.” to help him bring life to his character on stage.
Seventh grader Isaac Poulter plays Olaf and has been practicing how to get people to laugh during his singing number, “In Summer.”
Jasmine Antriasian is an eighth grader who plays Anna. She feels Anna shares some similar characteristics such as being optimistic, energetic, and caring about people and this has helped her develop her portrayal.
Sixth grade student Mark Jean is an ensemble member and enjoys taking the songs that he grew up listening to and now being able to perform them for people to enjoy.
Being part of the JGMS Theater program helps cultivate friendships and provides learning and leadership opportunities. Joseph Choi, an eighth-grade student playing Kristoff, enjoys the community of friends he has developed during the last three years of being in JGMS theater productions.
Eighth-grade student Lauren Kociubes is the Lighting Manager. She appreciates that there is an opportunity to learn a new skill and mentor other students. Last year, she was the Lighting Apprentice for the “Disney High School Musical” production at JGMS. This year, she has the opportunity to mentor other crew members on how to light a show. She enjoys making the stage “come alive” with lighting.
Another eighth grader, Olivia Lewis is one of the Costumes, Hair, Makeup Managers. She shares that this is her first time backstage in a leadership position. She loves working with her crew to figure out all the creative pieces to bring the show together. Olivia really appreciates the supportive community where everyone is trying to bring out the best in each other.
The production team is led by Director Aidan Tatar and includes Music Directors Lauren Hart and Natan Wythe; Choreographers Jennifer Buckley and Stephanie Busa; Lighting Designer Benjamin Kline; and Technical Director and Set Designer Katrina Faulstich.
Lead and named cast members include: Jasmine Antriasian as Anna, Emma Cohen as Elsa, Joseph Choi as Kristoff, Aiden Green as Sven, Gavin Derderian as Hans, Isaac Poulter as Olaf,
Molly Gould as Young Anna, Maggie Harte as Young Elsa, Ella Dadah as Middle Anna, Emma Sayles as Middle Elsa, Asalie Brosgol as Queen Iduna, Om Jarecha as King Agnarr,
Teresa Silver as Pabbie, Veronica Decerbo as Bulda, Steven Sandler as Oaken, Kieran Heid as Bishop, and Sylvie Denny-Brown as Weselton.
Ensemble cast members include: Kyle Ayres, Reena Bao, Abby Bourret, Asalie Brosgol, Mikaylah Cardosa, Eleanor Chao, Zivah Chessman, Jupiter Crowley Moore, Ella Dadah, Valentina Dardon Ponce, Violet Denny-Brown, Mia Falco, Ilse Franklin, Jacob Giglia, Molly Gould, Jacob Halloran, Maggie Harte, Kieran Heid, Janet Hopkins, Hazel Humble, Maya Husain, Ruiqi Hsu, Om Jarecha, Mark Jean, Scarlett Johnson, Veda Keny, Karis Kime, Sadie King, Shalom Kuhns, Vivienne LaBranche, Jamie Lin, Zoe Lister, Taylor Lykins, Mary MacDonald, Madeleine MacMaster, Nina Melfi , Morgan Messinger, Arianna Michaud, Kaitlyn Munsie, Ilham Ndagire, Grayson Oates, Felicia Pellegrino, Maybelline Rivera, Hannah Sandler, Emma Sayles, Farah Semy, Adam Silver, Yuzuki Sumisaki, Robert Thomas, Marcy Venuti, Porter Venuti, Evelyn Walton, and Acadia Zorn.
And nothing happens without the backstage crew: Lighting Manager: Lauren Kociubes, Lighting: Ryan Zhu, Tatum Langway, Katherine Cheng; Sound Manager: Airane Sweetland; Sound: Cauan Oliveria, Cedric Last; Stage Manager: Matthew Stevens; Stage Crew: Annaliese Randazzo, Gabe Favalora, Owen Brough; Costumes, Hair, Makeup Managers: Olivia Lewis, Daisy Bhatt; Costumes, Hair and Makeup: Shaeleigh Williams, Zoey Kauffman, Keira Pandya, Mahi Busa; Prop Managers: Abby Titlow, Claire Zhang; Props: Gabby Cresta, Faith Kiwa, Abby Emerson, Iris Yin, Platon Gorkavy; Set Design Managers: Sophia Hovnanian, Jayden Mael; Set Design: Emily Zhao, Mane Arzuryan, Ayah Rizk, Griffin Baron, Colin Liu, Owen Doherty, Sheryl Justin, Mila Maricic, Cindy Yuan, Jeremy Grossman, and Jacob Neale.
Disney’s “Frozen JR.” is appropriate for all audiences. The show runs 60 minutes with no intermission. Concessions will be sold after each show by POMS. The Saturday matinee performance will feature a meet and greet with Princesses and Leads: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, Hans, and Olaf before the show from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the JGMS auditorium.
Purchase tickets now: www.showtix4u.com/events/23538. Tickets are $10 and a streamed show is available for purchase for the Friday, March 31 performance. The online box office will close two hours prior to each performance time, but tickets will be sold at the door if available.
Disney’s “Frozen JR.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.