Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
The Post Theater has been cursed to an eternal winter as 28 children, ages 6 to 16, have been hard at work preparing for the Child and Youth Services EDGE! Curtain Call’s production of “Frozen Jr.,” which will be performed there free to the public at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 12.
The show, based on the 2013 Disney feature, follows sister princesses Elsa and Anna. Elsa possesses magical powers that allow her to freeze objects and people, but when she nearly kills Anna and freezes the entire kingdom of Arendelle because of her inability to control the power, she flees.
“She must sacrifice and show true love to save the day,” said Marianne Tennant, production director.
The production features newcomers and veterans alike.
One veteran performer is 11-year-old Amelia Weiss who portrays Anna. Though “Frozen Jr.” is her fifth Curtain Call performance, it is only the second time she’s been cast in a leading role, having previously portrayed Peter Pan in “Peter Pan Jr.” last spring.
“It makes me feel really good that I’m capable of such a part,” Weiss said. “I’ve learned that I can’t always get what I want because I’ve tried out for most of the main parts, and I’ve only gotten two of them. It made me experience a little more of life and learn a good life lesson.”
Weiss said she is portraying a dream role in Anna.
“She’s always been my person, and I’ve felt like I act like her, so it makes me really amazed that I got the part and that this show is what we’re really doing,” Weiss said.
Meg Weiss, Amelia’s mom, said the program has given her daughter a lot of confidence.
“It has given her an outlet for her creativity and enthusiasm,” Weiss said. “She really enjoys it. She’s never really been into sports, but she really loves the arts.”
Eleven-year-old Juliana Parkes, who is also a veteran Curtain Call performer, said this show has been her favorite to work on for one specific reason.
“I like being a man; it is different,” Parkes said of her character, Hans. “I like theater because I like singing and acting, but I also like making new friends.”
Not only does the program allow children the chance to fulfill their dream role like Weiss, or embody characters opposite of themselves like Parkes, but parents agreed that it teaches their children life skills.
“It teaches them teamwork without being in a sport,” said Amber Parkes, Juliana’s mother.
Tracy Martling, mother of 7-year-old Nicholas Martling, who plays the bishop, said the program is beneficial in myriad ways.
“It gives them a little self-confidence, and it definitely helps with their public speaking and being able to speak out and project,” Martling said. “It is such a great opportunity for the kids to get a taste of acting, being on stage, having to listen to direction, follow a part, memorize lines and put on a show in front of the public. It has so many different educational, social and pragmatic skills because you’ve got to be able to interact with other kids and other people.
“Marianne does a great job as a one-woman show keeping (28) children corralled and actually creating something out of it,” she said. “It is amazing to watch it all come together.”
The EDGE! Curtain Call program, currently in its 13th year, is open to military children ages 6-16 who are registered with CYS. For more information about “Frozen Jr.” and the EDGE! Curtain Call program, call CYS at 684-5138.