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Hamilton thespians working hard on ‘Frozen Jr.’

October 17th, 2019 development
Hamilton thespians working hard on ‘Frozen Jr.’


The 22 year theater and director veteran at Hamilton High, Christina Vail, said there’s a simple reason she chose the Disney musical “Frozen Jr.” for the students’ next big show.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to connect with the community,” she said, as she, the cast and the crew spend the final weeks before the show, Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 7-8, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 2.

And Vail brings years of experience, in both community and professional theater companies, to bear on the production, which is in rehearsal, since Aug. 19 and commands a great deal of work not only by the student thespians but the crew as well.

The latter is busy getting down the technical requirements, making costumes and creating a magical set – all on a tight budget.

“The technical requirements are intense,” said Vail, who holds masters degrees in curriculum and development as well as in theater production and design. “We are trying to make it look like magic is happening on the stage on a high school budget.”

Vail, who was drawn to theater because she saw it as “an opportunity for camaraderie and self-expression,” said the Hamilton stagecraft class is providing the muscle for the costumes and set design.

As for the actors and actresses, Vail promises they will bring to the audience “an entertaining performance that reminds them of the movie but gives them some new aspects to the story.”

The show is all the more challenging for Vail as a director because, while many students have returned this year from being in the performing arts program last year, “four of the five largest parts went to students that are brand new to our musical cast.”

Vail also is the theater and technical sponsor of the Urban Lemmings Improvisation Team Club and the schools’ speech and debate club.

“Frozen Jr.” tells a story of true love and acceptance between sisters. It expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

Admission is $7 for presale at the Hamilton Bookstore and $10 at the door.

Choreography is directed by Daniel Milbauer and vocal director is Vance Acker.

The large cast includes Jessica Wastchak, Raven Harris, Jaide Montefour, Karisma Kim, Carolina Peralta, John Ormsby, Austin Lee, Colby Raskin, Ty Humphrey, Quincy Cowans, Isabel Alsamit, Samantha Crandall, Nicholas Moriarity, Jacob Blair, Nick Jefferson, Matthew Hermann and Lauren Craig.

Also performing are cast members Aryan Eksambe, Kristiana Corona, Xavier Valdez, Garrett Lindsey, Griffen McClendon, Jamie Baumegarther, Donovan Bowling, Alyse Negroni, Ellie Barker, Melanie Harvill, Shreya Tripathi, Sanjana Ramakrishnan, Neela Bullock, Nyjah Saddler, Justin Yi, Lindsay Dussault, Nathan Cowan, Alyssa Fabio, Tabitha Graf, Jana Dragovic and Emma Brown.

Stage management is under Reiley Nymeyer and Sophie Aprotosaoie-Kardos.

The crew includes Abby Flanigan, Noah Halcomb, Nick Hemersbach, Cameron Longtin, Rylan Cox, Andrea Flores-Pena, Jay Domadia, Taylor Wickham, Annabell Gambino, Arthur Huynh, Conner Onishi, Aiden Fry, Cole Kimball, Tabby Graf, Cole Tacey, Haley Kavanagh, Lincoln Johnson, Alex Price, Tyson Schmidt and Dylan Crespo.

The crew also includes Griffen McClendon, Makenzie Williams, Izzy Viker, Robert Rangel, Maxine Kruse, Jesse Kidd and Lindsey Pham.