January 17th, 2021

St. Francis production of ‘Frozen Jr.’ features involvement of 150 students

By Bobinec, Greg on March 5, 2020.

St. Francis Junior High is presenting the musical “Frozen Jr.” which opens this evening and running until March 15. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The performing arts department at St. Francis Junior High School is gearing up for 24 performances of its production of “Frozen Jr.”, which starts this evening and runs until March 15.

With the play rights of “Frozen” recently being released, directors and organizers of the show quickly jumped on the opportunity to be the first group to bring the musical theatre production to southern Alberta.

“I think our audience is going to be pretty excited,” said St. Francis director Dino Caputo. “You are going to see a lot of Elsas and Annas in the audience, for sure.”

The large cast of actors, singers and dancers have been working for months to bring the box office hit movie to the stage in Lethbridge, and Caputo says the level the students perform at is high quality, leaving audiences impressed by the young students’ skills.

“We have all of our theatre students, so about 150 students involved,” says Caputo. “People will be entertained by an hour and a half of entertainment, and it is pretty neat to see when you lay the platform for kids this age and the magnitude, it can be spectacular. When you come and see our shows, we are a professional show put on by junior high kids. One thing that we strive for is excellence.”

The process of putting the production of “Frozen Jr.” together has been in the works since September when auditions began. Organizers say that they have already started working on next year’s production, before “Frozen Jr.” has even hit the stage.

“We start the process in September,” says Caputo. “The teachers and colleagues and I are already starting on next year’s production right now, while finishing up this one as well so it is a year-long process for sure when you see the set and everything and all of the time and volunteer hours that go into this. It just shows how special of a school St. Francis is.”

“Frozen Jr.” will take place from today to March 15, with evening shows at 7 p.m., and matinees at 2 p.m., in the gymnasium at the school. Tickets for the show are $15 each and can be purchased at the school or online at eventbrite.ca.

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