After winning a national competition last year awarding Hahnville High School (HHS) Theatre the exclusive Louisiana rights to present Disney’s Frozen: The Broadway Musical, the school recently announced it will be featured for its outstanding theatre work on a segment of ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) late next month.
With the 10th anniversary of the Frozen movie’s theatrical release approaching, GMA plans to air a newscast detailing the competition and has chosen to feature Hahnville’s Frozen production, which begins its run at HHS later this month. A small production team from GMA was on Hahnville’s campus this past week to record interviews, rehearsal footage and theatre class coursework for the upcoming segment, scheduled to air on November 27.
“Theirs is the premier high school production of Frozen, The Broadway Musical, and Hahnville Theatre is the only program in the state of Louisiana to produce this show,” Joshua Martin, St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ Coordinator of Gifted, Talented and the Arts commented. “It’s an incredible honor, but also no surprise they earned it.”
On Friday, Kylie Mire and Kyah Polly, the students portraying Anna and Elsa in the HHS production, met and had a discussion with Lauren Marchand for the GMA segment. Marchand is the winner of The Broadway League Foundation’s 2023 Jimmy Awards, the equivalent of the Tony Awards for high school students and starred as Elsa in New York’s The United States of Frozen production. Marchand will perform live on the segment to air on November 27 with backup vocals provided by a recording of HHS students.
The newscast’s upcoming broadcast promises to give HHS theatre students and staff opportunities to display their talents well beyond the local stage to GMA’s national television audience. On-camera interviews were recorded for the segment with teacher Megan Harms, and students Sophie Treuting and Kaylee Parfait.
The earlier national competition known as The United States of Frozen: Love is an Open Door Contest granted exclusive rights in September 2022 to present Disney’s Frozen The Broad Musical in each state and select territories. HHS was one of just 52 schools throughout the United States selected for the honor, being the only school in Louisiana chosen to present the musical.
Applicants participating in the 2022 competition were asked to demonstrate how they will use their production of Frozen to strengthen their school community, provide outreach to underserved groups and support inclusive and diverse theatre programs.
“I’m reminded constantly how fortunate our school district and community are to have such blockbuster talent in our staff and students, and I’m thrilled to see that talent on display with Hahnville High School’s next theatrical production,” Martin said.
Production of HHS’s Frozen: The Broadway Musical will run October 26 thru October 29 at Hahnville High School, featuring a cast and crew of over 60 Hahnville High students, led by theatre faculty Lucas and Megan Harms.
For tickets to the show, visit www.hahnvillehs.booktix.net.