“Frozen Jr.” sparkles on stage as cast members grow their skills through process


Photo credit: KJ McPherson

Siena Fantini (’27) and Grace Nordling (’28) sing in the Blackbox theater during a performance of “Frozen Jr,” a junior musical version of the 2018 Broadway musical “Frozen.” Performances took place May 19 and 20.

By Olivia Hallinan-Gan, Podcaster

Cast members lined the stage as they belted out classic songs from “Frozen” and danced in sparkling outfits that illuminated the entire audience. “Frozen Jr.” performances took place May 19 and 20 in the Blackbox theater.

Based on the 2013 movie “Frozen,” “Frozen Jr.” follows main characters Elsa and Anna but explores their relationship in-depth. The musical includes both the music from the original movie and added songs from the Broadway production to fit into a one-hour time slot. Students, faculty and friends and family of the cast members had opportunities to purchase tickets prior to the musical.

“‘Frozen Jr.’ is a great way to tone down the story that we all know and fit it into a one-hour time slot with the original songs,” seventh grade cast member Camille Chi said. “I’m so happy that I got to be a part of it because it was a really fun experience. No one was left out, and there wasn’t anyone who didn’t have a line. Everyone had lines and got to be a part of the show. That’s so perfect for school and a musical in general.”

Stage manager Rachel Michiel (’25) said many expect something different when they hear “Frozen” because it was such a popular movie. However, she also said audiences end up loving it because of the personalities of the cast members and the way they are able to bring each character to life.

“Everyone knows ‘Frozen,’ and people have a very set vision of what it was going to look like. They say, ‘Well, in the movie, they did this,’ and that’s not always the case. It’s a stage production, so it’s going to be different,” Michiel said. “Also, they’re such strong characters and such strong personalities, which makes the musical that much more enjoyable. When they get on stage, they’re able to put their personality and infuse it into the lines, which people love.”

Eighth grader Olivia Broock played Elsa in “Frozen Jr.” and said she loves how much she is able to grow within Archer’s theater program.

“I really like how inclusive the entire art program is, but especially in plays and musicals,” Broock said. “Honestly, I was not good when I started participating in plays and musicals, but no matter which levels you start at or how much experience you have, there’s always room to improve, and Archer is providing the tools to help with that.”

Chi believes the theater community is the most inclusive one she’s ever been a part of. She said she loves being around so many people who are so similar to her.

“I’ve seen many communities, and theater is one of the most welcoming,” Chi said. “I’m definitely a ‘theater kid’ because I’m loud and energetic. It’s nice to be able to hang out with people who are very similar to me.”

Broock said it was a childhood dream to play Elsa, and her participation in “Frozen Jr.” allowed her to grow closer to her classmates.

“When I was 6 or 7 I had a ‘Frozen’-themed birthday, and I was obsessed with Elsa,” Brooke said. “It’s amazing to be able to participate in it now and play Elsa, and I’m so glad Archer gave me a space to do so. It’s almost like living out this childhood dream. I also got much closer with classmates, especially Siena, who plays Anna. We became much better friends during the show, and working with her has even helped me improve.”