Audiences will have three chances to see a wide range of talent from St. Charles Parish Public Schools this weekend when middle school students from across the district star in Frozen Jr.
The play will be presented Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center, located at 275 Judge E. Dufresne Pkwy. in Luling.
Bethany Ayuso, the talented theatre teacher at Albert Cammon Middle and RK Smith Middle, said this is the second year that middle schools from across the district have combined to offer a spring show. Unlike last year, Frozen Jr. was open for all middle school students to audition and not just those in talented theatre. The show has a total of 29 cast members and 12 crew members.
“They have been working on this since November and I am so incredibly proud,” she said of the students. “They have put in so much work and so effort.”
Frozen is a story of true love and acceptance between sisters. When faced with danger, Else and Anna discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.
“It is a timeless tale of the love of sisters and family,” Ayuso said. “It’s a beautiful tale of the love between two sisters who save each other.”
Cristina Rivas, now the talented theatre teacher at Destrehan High School, taught talented theatre at Harry Hurst Middle School earlier this year. She is helping to put on the production due to her ties with HHMS students.
“We invite the community to come and experience a night of magic, wonder, and good wholesome family fun,” she said. “Children of all ages are welcome.”
Rivas said the one-hour run time and interactive elements of the show make it perfect for children. She added that the show utilizes the talents of many teachers and students throughout the district. Satellite Center students, for example, helped to make props for the show. Other SCPPS staff members who are assisting in the show include Missy Brezinsky-Schayot, Laura Sullivan, Shelley Keller, and Ryan Bruce.
Tickets to the show are available at lafonartscenter.org.
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