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Cast and crew of the Frozen musical sleighs their way into rehearsals

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Sixth grader Zoe Boyd and Delaney Maiorana are front and center during a rehearsal of “Let the sun shine on” for Frozen.

We can’t hold it back anymore! Rehearsals for this year’s school musical, Frozen, are in full swing at Edison Intermediate School (EIS). Unlike our fall drama Puffs, the musical combines songs, dialogue, acting, and dancing. As put by Mometrix, “In a very general sense, a musical tells a story with song and even dancing, while a play typically sticks to spoken dialogue. However, a musical has a play within it, because of the scripted dialogue.” 

The musical is based on the Oscar-winning film, telling the story of two sisters – one who is isolated with a mysterious secret and the other who is a journey to save her.  Frozen is a classic and nostalgic fairytale. Interestingly, Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, with an engaging plot and catchy soundtrack. Quite like the movie, the Frozen musical will have well-known characters such as Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Hans, and Sven.

“When Mr. Markowski and I sit down and discuss what shows we’re going to pick, we always think of the talent that we have in the grades and what would benefit everyone. Frozen was a perfect fit for this year’s musical because it goes very well with our study body, and it is something that gets the community excited, whether you’re eighty years old or an infant,” Director and Drama teacher Mr. Altmann shared.

Many believe that the cast is outstanding this year, bringing the characters together with depth. In particular, seventh grader Gavin Salerno as Kristoff expressed, “This will be a total success. These are some of the best performers, and it’s a great cast overall.” 

Students in EIS get a chance to work together during rehearsals for the musical. Most days after school, they spend their time learning different songs and dances for hours. Eighth grader Corabelle Martin as Elsa added, “The musical is a really fun way to get closer to my theater friends.” 

Several cast members love the dancing aspect of the musical. Eighth grader Norah Cabral as Young Anna explained, “I enjoy dancing more than singing because I have done it for longer. I joined the musical for dancing, but I improved on my acting and singing too.”

Many members of the crew are also thrilled for the show. Lights manager and ELA teacher Ms Jessica Ciampa stated, “We are spending a lot of time on specifically the ‘Let it Go’ scene for the lights. We are looking into lights that look like snowflakes that you might see during the holidays that shine onto their house. There will be a lot of special effects. I know that one of our light crew members, Steven, is very excited to show off his lighting knowledge.”

Moreover, there will be many elegant costumes in this musical. Costume Director and History teacher Mrs. Jacqueline Messinger described, “There’s going to be traditional costumes like what you would see in the movie for Anna, Elsa, and other leads. The biggest thing we are working on right now is the transformation scene when Elsa changes her costume on stage.”

Brace yourselves for a musical that will freeze your worries away!

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