Can a princess, a mountaineer, a reindeer and a snowman save a kingdom from perpetual winter? Audience members will soon find out when Sleepy Hollow Middle School students perform Disney’s Frozen Jr. this weekend. SHMS is one school in a select group chosen to put on this show. Director Peter Royston is grateful. “I think it is because the kids are so good,” he said. “They are invested, and I think Disney sees that.” Royston also said he is proud how the students have taken ownership of the production. “It is kid-centered. Children are the choreographers, they brainstormed ideas for the set design. They have taken on leadership roles.”
Eighth-graders Olivia Direnzo and Alicia Carvalho-Evans share the role of Elsa. “Elsa is a modern day strong, independent woman and I love playing her and being a role model for other kids,” said Carvalho. Direnzo said, “This show transports you into another world and getting to play a character like this is such a great opportunity.”
The students grew up watching the movie Frozen and they are excited to be a part of this live stage production. “We dressed up as Anna and Elsa. We sang the songs,” explained eighth-grader Isabelle Murphy who plays Olaf. “We just lived Frozen and we loved it.” Fellow eight-grader Christopher Tolentino shares the role with Murphy and said, “No one would expect you to want to be a Disney cartoon character, but I really wanted to be Olaf and just being here is a wonderful experience.
Royston would like to thank the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, the administration at SHMS, The Foundation for The Tarrytowns and the Performing Arts Boosters for their support.
Frozen Jr. opens Friday at 7pm in the Sleepy Hollow High School auditorium. A matinee will be performed on Saturday at 11am. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.