It is time for area parents to “let it go” once again as The Theatre Company in Bryan opens a two-week run of Frozen Jr. Friday night.
It has been six years since the incredibly popular Walt Disney computer-animated film about Queen Elsa, her sister Anna, the iceman Kristoff and the snowman Olaf. Young fans — and some not so young — of the movie belted out its signature song Let It Go at the drop of a hat. Fortunately, it is a good song — it won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015.
The animated movie was turned into a faithful musical, which appeared on Broadway in early 2018. Frozen the Musical still reigns supreme over the New York theater scene, so it likely will be years before the musical will be available for community theaters to perform. But, Disney has authorized a somewhat shortened version, Frozen Jr., for local productions.
Artistic director Adrian Dobson said, “As soon as it became available, we jumped at the opportunity. Our young actors have been consistently putting on amazing shows every summer with our kids workshops, but the performances are typically just attended by friends and family. With Frozen being as popular as it is, we wanted to be able to share it with everyone.”
It is this delightful version that The Theatre Company will present over the next two weekends. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 15. Because the demand for tickets has been so great, a special Sunday-night performance at 7 p.m. has been added this weekend.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students and $7 for children 7 and younger. Saturday matinees are $15. Tickets are available online at theatrecompany.com/tickets/. Should any remain, they will be available at the box office, which opens one hour before each performance. The Theatre Company is located behind Joann’s Fabrics and Crafts in Bryan’s Tejas Center.
Dobson wisely decided to cast only performers 18 or younger. The Frozen Jr. cast includes Kate Moore, Paige Perrone, Christiana Kocmoud, Maddie Knoop, Georgia Sledge, Lauren Moore, Martin Jimenez, Mary Joy Kocmoud, Lucas Dickson, Bo Cochran, Matthew Winn, Asher Hinton. Macie Steer, Jacob Smith, Molly Morrison, Royce Pine, Ryan Topf, Andrew Holder, Aubrey Jackson, Claire Dunn, Max Cochran, Alan Kocmoud Navarro, Zander Cochran, Lyle Lewis, Deacon Bartee, Josie Bettis, Abigail Burson, Eleanor Garrison-Tate, Bentley Jackson, Aiden Ross and Jacob Trimble.
Others in the cast include Shiloh Bartee, Jaydn Case, Sophia Mershon, Hannah Reynosa, Abigail Quinn, Caden Bettis, Carabelle Case, Luke Cochran, Parker Greer, Gia Morgan, Jonas Motekaitis, Declan Topf, Hannah Topf and Phoebe Bartee.
“It’s been a blast directing them,” she said. “Most of the cast members have known each other for years and have been growing up together onstage.
“It’s so amazing to watch them all grow from one year to the next. We also have some amazing new faces in the cast, and I hope they’ll stick around for years to come as well.”