(Alexandria, MN) Parents of young kids everywhere have heard the song "Let it Go" many times. The movie version of Frozen has been played on more backseat DVD monitors than nearly any other Disney show, but there's just something about seeing the musical version, live in the theater.
Disney's Frozen, Jr. opens up this week at the Andria Theatre. It features 55 young actors, hundreds of handmade costumes, three new songs (only available in the musical version), visual effects and lighting that are almost worth the price of admission alone, and a real uplifting spirit that downtown Alexandria so desperately needs right now.
Director Dave Christman talks about the need for that right now.
Dave also recognizes many of the extra efforts that went into the show. One of the obvious "above and beyond" displays was the costuming.
Mya Santelman is once again a very charming and endearing character in her role as the adult Princess Anna. She says that it's a fun opportunity because she feels this character hits pretty close to home.
The young actresses who portray young Anna (Anniley Lambrecht, Savannah Auran) and young Elsa (Addy Auran, Lucy Gustafson) are endearing. The role of adult Elsa is played by Taylor Yeats of Brandon. This is her first Andria production, but hopefully not her last.
Someone who has seen many roles through both the Student Theatre Project, high school productions and regular Andria shows is Isaac Kent. He says the role of Kristoff is a little more challenging for him.
Emily Staples is a fantastic comedic addition to the cast. She is Olaf. In addition to her great theatrical instincts you can hear her excellent singing voice in her song "Summer". There are many more great moments and performances, but you are encouraged to see it in person. Tickets are very close to sold out, but it is worth checking into. Ticket information can be found at this link.
The official description of the musical is as follows:
When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip.
- March 5th, 6th, 7th and 12th, 13th, 14th at 7:30pm
- March 8th and 15th at 2:00pm
The Andria Theatre is located at 618 Broadway Street in downtown Alexandria.
To hear the full conversation with Christman, Santelman and Kent shared on KXRA-AM's Openline on February 28th, click on the audio link below.