Oakland / Kids First show ‘Frozen Jr.’

The Oakland Center for the Arts and its Kids First Theater Initiative will stage the area premiere of the musical “Disney’s Frozen Jr.”

The all-youth production is based on the Oscar-winning 2013 animated feature “Frozen.” Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” it tells the story of a two sisters, Anna and Elsa. The latter has a dark secret — she can freeze anything she touches, and she can’t always control her power.

After nearly killing Anna in an accident as children, Elsa keeps herself locked away, avoiding her sister in order to protect her. But she has to emerge after her parents are killed and she becomes Queen of the village. A fight with Anna over her plans to marry a visiting prince exposes her powers to the village, and Elsa flees to a remote ice castle where she can’t do any more damage, unaware that she’s trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Anna — with the help of Kristoff, an ice harvester, and Olaf, a bumbling snowman — tries to find her sister and break the frosty spell.

The show features music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and a book by Jennifer Lee. The stage version is in its second year on Broadway and earned three Tony nominations.

The cast includes Alexa McCaughtry, Annabelle Himes, Gene Metro, Connor Pavlicko, Ethan Hess, Nicholas McGoogan, Maia Polewchak, James Matig, Zach Sargent, George Maillis, Carina Garland, Addison Goche, Lena Sofia-Dill, Olivia Garland, Caroline Cappuzello, Xander Comanescu, Cameron Keffer, Abigail Butcher, Addison Earvin, Andrew Babyak, Anya Carvin, Brylee Rutledge, Brooklyn Morgan, Caleb Woods, Cameron Keffer, Carina Garland, Dante Marsco, Dante Pass, Erica Kovach, Nathan Garland, Rachel Lewis, Riley Martin, Sammi Garland, Tori Dunham, Christina Woods, Cayleigh Woods, Lily Sargent and Chloe Klotz.

It is directed by Maureen Donofrio with Donna Downie as musical director and Stephanie Rivera as choreographer.

“Frozen Jr.” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 3 at Trinity Fellowship Church, 4749 South Ave., Boardman. Friday’s opening performance will include a free post-show party with appetizers and desserts.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available in advance online at oaklandcenter.info and by calling 330-406-0606. Tickets also will be available at the door.


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