Ethan Brun, 14, played the character Kristoff in the recent Fairbanks production of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” On Saturday, Ethan and 27 other cast members head to Healy to present a free two-hour workshop for all ages and their final performance.
“This is going to be fun,” he said. “My first time going. I can’t wait.”
The cast performs under the umbrella of Fairbanks Academy of Children’s Theatre. The academy teaches classes for kids ages 5 through 18 all year long. The classes include stagecraft, show choir, improvisation and musical theater for all levels. The goal is to produce family friendly musical theater productions for kids or with kids.
“We strive to give children a positive theater experience, in the audience or on stage,” according to the academy on its website.
Last year, this group brought its “Mary Poppins” production to Healy. Their most recent performance, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.,” just finished a successful run in Fairbanks, with many shows selling out all seats.
“We are so excited to bring this show to Healy and allow the kids, in that area, to enjoy such a popular production,” said director Jennifer Wienke. “We love being able to offer a free workshop for youth of all ages with the cast, and they get to participate in the final number. Our FACT kids get so excited to work with other kids and share their craft. “
Everybody pitches in to make these productions come to life. Most of the actors, and their parents, help with painting sets, props, backstage and with tech, Wienke said.
“We couldn’t do this without the team we have and the wonderful families,” she added.
The cast of 28 are all ages 10 and older, except for two 7-year-olds, and they are all excited to bring the show to Healy.
“It’s going to be the greatest feeling in my life,” said Vella Handy, 7, who plays Baby Anna.
Healy is home to the Motion Sensors Dance Troupe, which puts on a musical production once a year, that includes students of all ages. In 2020, the group will present “Hansel and Gretel.”
“I think Healy has performing arts but showing them something new with our theater company will open their eyes to theater experiences outside their community,” said Kylie Haas, 15, who plays Anna.
Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” will take place at Tri-Valley School’s multi-purpose room. The 1-3 p.m. workshop is free. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Buy tickets at bpt.me/4352965 or at the door.
Watch for a character meet-and-greet after the show.
“We are really excited to perform for the kids at Healy,” said Miranda Reynolds, 16, who plays Queen Iduna.
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