When the movie "Frozen" was released in 2013, it quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon. It was the third-highest-grossing movie of the year, and its soaring anthem "Let It Go" was played on a loop by children everywhere. It went on to become a hit Broadway play in 2017, and the release of its sequel, "Frozen 2," is anticipated in November.
However, area fans do not have to wait until November or travel to New York to get their "Frozen" fix.
ACT2, the youth theater of Artistic Civic Theatre, opens "Frozen Jr." on Friday, Sept. 13, for two weekends of performances.
Like the Broadway musical on which it is based, "Frozen Jr." brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.
The show is directed by Mary McLawhorn, with musical direction by Heidi Long and choreography by Ashlyn Barnett.
If you go
* What: “Frozen Jr.”
* Where: Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga.
* When: 7 p.m. Sept. 13-14, 19-20; 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and 21
* Admission: $16 adults; $14 senior adults; $12 students, ACT members receive a $2 discount
* For more information: 706-278-4796
PRINCIPAL CAST MEMBERS
Young Anna: Hady Adamson
Young Elsa: Marley Kilgore
Anna: Emma Lester
Elsa: Eva Ashcraft
Kristoff: Addison Owen
Sven: Bennett Owen
Hans: Jackson Kersey
Olaf: Kinsley Stephens
"'Frozen' is a story that grew up with our cast," says Barnett. "It resonates with old and young, and the music is so much fun."
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, the musical expands on 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.
As fans of the movie know, "Frozen" is a story filled with magic and special effects. For example, Elsa has powers to create ice and snow, and the sisters create a magical talking snowman named Olaf. While translating these effects to the stage has been a challenge, the directors are excited that they, along with many parent volunteers, have found "creative ways to bring the magic to life."
The production is expected to draw audience members of all ages, and sell-outs are anticipated.
"I'm just excited to bring live theater to a new generation," says Long. "We expect this to be a first experience for a lot of families, including some of our own cast."
For more information: ACTDalton.org.
— Compiled by Susan Pierce