The Brass Ring Center for the Performing Arts’ production of Frozen Jr. is a show ‘worth melting for’ this summer.
Director Levi Hawkins, music director Vicki Gelona and choreographer Elizabeth Gelona have put together a production that captures the essence of the Disney film through a group of young actors and actresses— all with voices that will give you chills.
Ellie Veazey’s young Anna and Khloe Sanchez’s young Elsa steal the show with their cuteness in the first scene. “Aww” could be heard throughout the crowd as the two tiny actresses embraced during a musical number about their characters’ backstories.
Young Anna and Elsa’s strong bond is then emphasized as they build a snowman together. Although they have different quirks, which can be seen in little details like Anna giving the snowman a “big, bouncy butt,” the snowman and central theme of the production is built around their love for each other.
However, when multiple tragedies strike where Elsa accidentally hurts Anna and their parents perish at sea, things fall apart.
But what would a production of Frozen be without the classic “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” song that comes shortly after.
The story truly kicks off three years later, where Kylie Cox’s older Anna and Haylie Orr’s older Elsa are getting ready for Elsa’s coronation. The castle doors are open “for the first time in forever,” and maybe it’s because of the special event or maybe it’s because the quality of the two lead’s voices blew them away.
Truly, Cox and Orr belt out some beautiful notes in all of their musical numbers.
Anna and Elsa talk for what also seems like the first time in forever and are getting along pretty well until Anna informs her sister that she is in love with and going to marry a man she met that same day, Prince Hans (William Hall).
This triggers a series of events where Elsa finally has her powers exposed, freezes the kingdom over and runs away.
Things are looking pretty dark as Anna sets off to find her sister, but we get some comedic relief when a very well-cast and humorous Kristoff (Ethan Savage), his reindeer Sven (Seve Sanchez) and the friendly snowman Olaf (David Riddle) enter the stage.
Olaf, a manifestation of the two sister’s love, reminds Anna who he is and puts on a fun and well choreographed number called “In Summer,” sending laughter through the crowd.
The group’s journey to save the kingdom and retrieve Elsa includes many trials, but the tension truly builds after Elsa strikes Anna once more, but this time, in the heart. Anna is told that only an act of true love will save her and because of her misunderstanding of the concept, Anna believes Hans is the only one who can save her.
But as Hans coldly puts it, “if only there was someone out there who truly loved you.” When Anna sacrifices herself to save her sister, she discovers that there is someone who truly loves her: Elsa.
The town is then thawed when Elsa discovers how to use her love and if this doesn’t thaw your heart, I don’t know what will. The young cast promises great talent and puts on a show you don’t want to miss.
The production will be shown June 28 and June 29 at 6:30 p.m., as well as June 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Brass Ring Center for the Performing Arts William Vaughan Theatre. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at www.brassringardmore.com or by calling 580-226-9278.