Do you want to build a snowman? That might be a little hard in July, but the cast of Youth Education On Stage wants to take you to a magical winter wonderland in their latest musical production.
Y.E.S. is celebrating its 35th year and ending the season with one of its most ambitious shows yet, Frozen Jr. Based on the Disney animated film and adapted from the Broadway production, the show boasts a cast of over 100 children, ranging in age from preschool to high school, sharing the story of Elsa, Anna, Olaf the snowman and a bevy of other unique and funny characters.
The show is directed by Y.E.S. co-founder Jack Dyville and Allayna Stevens, an alumna of the company. Both have been working feverishly for the past few weeks to put the show together, choreographing the various groups of dancers, building sets and learning songs. The directors split the kids into smaller groups to make the task of rehearsing with such a large cast more manageable, with Dyville working with actors onstage while Stevens planned out choreography.
The show follows the same storyline as the movie, Stevens said, featuring many of the fan-favorite songs that audiences look forward to. There are a few slight changes to the show, she added, such as the inclusion of Ukrainian dancing, and integrating more of the Nordic culture into the narrative.
“We kind of made it a little bit more Scandinavian and Ukrainian, because the show is actually based off of Norwegian and Scandinavian heritage,” Stevens told the Williston Herald. “So we wanted to kind of go that route with it.”
“It’s perfect for Williston.” Dyville added.
Dyville pointed out that this production is unique to others Y.E.S. has done previously, as the show has been made available to community theaters to perform while the Broadway production is still on stage, something that Dyville says is a rarity.
“This is the first Broadway show to ever be put into a junior version and is performed concurrently with Broadway,” he explained. “So next week when we’re doing performances here, people will be watching the original in New York City at the same time. That’s pretty special.”
Frozen Jr. runs Tuesday, July 23 to Thursday, July 25 at the Old Armory. Performances are at 7 p.m. on July 23 and 25, and July 24 at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for high school students and seniors, $5 for kids K through 8, and preschoolers are free on a parent’s lap, and $5 if they use a seat. Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Old Armory, located at 320 First Avenue East. Tickets will be available for sale one hour prior to each performance, but are limited, so it is encouraged to reserve tickets as soon as possible.