ANNAPOLIS — There will be actual real live people / It will be totally strange / Wow, am I so ready for this change! / For the first time in forever / There’ll be music, there’ll be lights / For the first time in forever, I’ll be dancing through the night!
The lyrics to “For the First Time in Forever,” a beloved Disney song from Frozen, have never been so appropriate, and Children’s Theatre of Annapolis is pleased to announce that its production of “Frozen Jr.” will open on Friday, June 4. This enchanting modern classic brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage and features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the original Broadway production.
“Frozen Jr.,” which was originally scheduled for May 2020, was postponed three times before rehearsals began again in earnest this past March. The production features 26 local young performers, ranging in age from 9 to 16. Mackenzie Currie, 16, of Arnold and Mia Rinehart of Annapolis star as Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, respectively, with Brennen Atkinson, 15, of Annapolis playing the role of Kristoff and Ryan McCandless, 15, of Annapolis performing as Prince Hans. Jeremiah Gilbert, 13, of Glen Burnie brings reindeer Sven to life, while Anna DeMarco, 10, of Annapolis performs as the lovable snowman Olaf.
“Like the rest of the world, CTA was hit hard by the pandemic, as we closed our doors for nearly a full year, incurring incredible financial losses,” said President Kelsey Casselbury. “Our theater felt so devoid of life, but we’re thrilled to be mounting our first musical production since November 2019 — with a number of COVID safety precautions in place, of course. If there was ever a magical musical to close out our minimalistic 2020-2021 season, Frozen Jr. is it!”
“Frozen Jr.” is directed by Michelle Bruno, music directed by Laura Tayman and choreographed by Jason Kimmell. It opens Friday, June 4, and runs through Sunday, June 13. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. CTA is currently selling tickets at 75% capacity, and all audience members (along with cast and volunteers) are required to wear a mask when in the facility. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under, seniors and military with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at CTA.ticketleap.com.