The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy presented
“Frozen Kids” October 23-24 at CHCA’s Lindner Theater
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Directed by Mara Wright with Technical Direction by Jim Jung, the talented cast, featuring 43 students ranging from Grades 4-5, took part in this delightful show. NOTE: Tickets are available to watch the Live Streaming Show November 21, at 7 p.m. Click here to get your tickets.
This fanciful and heartwarming stage adaptation of the celebrated animated film joined Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of the favorite characters as they embarked on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love.
Adapted for young performers, the musical included favorite Frozen songs such as “Love is an Open Door”, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, and “Let it Go”, as well as wonderful new songs from the Broadway production. The musical proved that “some people are worth melting for.”
The roles of Anna and Elsa were performed by three actors each, representing the various ages of the sisters. Aubrey Butrum (Young Anna) and Lucy Ashbrook (Young Elsa) were adorable as they portrayed the bond between the young sisters. Abby Snell (Middle Anna) and Aniston Southern (Middle Elsa) continued the story well, showing the girls grow up amid “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”. Jenna Achterberg (Anna) and Sofia Theiss (Elsa) were equally fantastic as they carried the roles on for the majority of the show. Achterberg’s strong vocals and dancing were a delight as she moved the story along with Kristoff (Cameron Polen), Sven (Reid Blythe), and Olaf (Claire Ballish). Theiss showed fine acting and vocals, especially in her solo of “Let it Go.”
Also a delight to watch was Kitan Aina as The Duke of Weselton (not Weaseltown!) and Noah Rosenfeldt as Hans. Paxton Bostater did a wonderful job in his roles as King Agnarr and Oaken, leading the joyful “Hygge” with the Oaken family.
In the show’s playbill, Director Mara Wright shared her thoughts of the life lessons that can be taken from the show:
“Family is important. Treasuring your family is very important. You might not agree with some of the things your family might say or do, but it’s important not to allow that to affect your relationship with them.
Be unapologetically you. Elsa was never part of the popular club. What makes you different is often the same thing that makes you unstoppably powerful, unique, and amazing. When you realize that you should keep being you, you automatically become a more beautiful person, just as Elsa did.
No one is an island. We can’t do everything on our own and sometimes, asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak; it simply means you are not going to let your ego stop you from achieving your goal.
Dream big. It might sound crazy, but the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are often the ones who do.
Some people are worth melting for. There’s never been a better motto for friendship. Look around you and choose which people in your life are worth melting for, and then be ready to melt for them.
Love can change the world. If everyone would sacrifice some of their time and exhibit love and kindness to the people around them, we could rid this world of the ‘cold’ in the hearts of people. Replacing it with the warmth of love is something that can potentially change the world.”
Leading with Mara Wright was Assistant Director Anna Brink and Music Directors & fellow CHCA faculty members Della Enns and Emaline Allen. CHCA Fine Arts Director Mona Summers shared, “It is so wonderful to have live performances on the Lindner stage again. Thank you to our Frozen KIDS director, Mara Wright, and assistants Anna Brink and Della Enns for their work preparing our students so well. The students were great, and they had so much fun performing! Thank you, also, to our Technical Director Jim Jung and all our parent volunteers who make the theatre experience possible for our students.”
Wright added, “We were thrilled to be back in the theatre for a live show! The kids did a fantastic job, and I am so proud of all their hard work. You can still watch our music, Frozen KIDS, by purchasing a streaming ticket to watch in November. Thank you to all of the many volunteers who made this show happen in the midst of a pandemic.”
Bravo to all for outstanding performances!
Get your streaming tickets to watch live on 11/21/20 at 7:00 p.m.