SAF’s Young People’s Theater: “Frozen JR.,” 5/6 – 5/8!

SAF’s Young People’s Theater: “Frozen JR.,” 5/6 – 5/8!

Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater continues its 23rd season with the elementary school production of “Frozen JR.” The production is live at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, 2022, 6 p.m. nightly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for children 18 and under. Lap children are free. Tickets are $1 more at the door to encourage people to buy in advance. For tickets and more information visit or call 970-728-6363 ext. 4.

Note: Every night, ticket purchasers will get the chance to meet Anna, Elsa and Olaf (talented high school performers) and have photo booth pictures taken of them and emailed to parents/guardians. The meet-and-greet takes place from 5-5:30 p.m. on the SHOW Bar patio. The  cost is $5 per child, and includes a small Frozen charm.

Directed by Leah Heidenreich, “Frozen JR.” stars 23 elementary school children in grades 3-5.

“When the pandemic hit, YPT’s elementary level programming really came to a halt. Getting to create a musical with these kids is a big deal not only for me, but also for these amazing young people who had to spend nearly two years behind a computer screen. Getting to come together to create art is something I don’t think any of us will ever take for granted again, and I sense that gratitude from the kids, too. I wanted to choose a show that would really get them excited, and obviously there isn’t a show as exciting to be a part of for children today as ‘Frozen.’”

“‘Frozen JR.’ is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production,” Heidenreich shares.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, “Frozen JR.” expands upon 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. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, “Frozen JR.” is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

“I’m so excited for the community to see what these young thespians have accomplished. ‘Frozen’ is no easy feat of a musical and they have tackled the material with absolute delight. It’s going to be such a special weekend of performances!”

Cast of Characters (in alphabetical order):

Louie Bartell: Hidden Folk/Snow Chorus
Avalynn Bensch: Young Elsa/Snow Chorus
Theo Brooks: Prince Hans
Brielle Geissler: Cook/Townsperson/Summer Chorus
Ivy Billings: Middle Anna/Snow Chorus
Leo Deppen: Olaf
Ryan DiFiore: Weselton/Hidden Folk/Summer Chorus
Lila Goldberg: Butleress/Townsperson/Summer Chorus
Zuzu Gorraiz: Sven
Declan Grady: King Agnarr/Snow Chorus/Summer Chorus
Simon Guest: Bishop/Hidden Folk/Summer Chorus
Miles Hemphill: Kristoff
Molly Hynes: Townsperson/Hidden Folk
Cora Krasic: Bulda/ Townsperson/Summer Chorus
Jaye Mahoney: Housekeeper/Townsperson/Hidden Folk
Magnolia Mahoney: Queen Iduna/Snow Chorus/Summer Chorus
Luke Niehaus: Steward/Townsperson/Summer Chorus
Barrett Prince: Elsa
Camille Skinner: Young Anna/Snow Chorus
Briana Thorbahn: Middle Elsa/Snow Chorus
Sylvia Trn Dalton: Anna
Josie Ward: Townsperson/Hidden Folk
Liam Young: Pabbie/Townsperson/Summer Chorus

Joining Heidenreich behind the scenes are Buff Hooper in set design; Tommy Wince in lighting design; Colin Casanova in sound design; and Traci Baize in costume design.

Sheridan Arts Foundation, more:

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the CCAASE, Colorado Creative Industries, the Telluride Foundation, the Johnson Family Foundation and Just For Kids Foundation.

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