Marine Park middle schoolers dazzled crowds at two packed shows of Frozen Jr. last weekend, where the decadently-dressed young actors wowed guests with their rendition of the iconic Disney story, according to PS 207’s performing arts teacher.
“It was received so well, we had sold-out houses for both performances,” said Kimberly Simak. “The audience was saying it was one of the best shows, which meant so much with there being such an iconic film for it to be compared to.”
Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical — which uses all the beloved songs from the Disney film, plus additional songs written for the live production — which Simek said she chose to adapt because of the talent exhibited by her students.
“I selected Frozen because I knew that we had a really talented group of students who could not only do the parts justice but also make them their own,” Simek said. “And that’s exactly what they did.”
Simek said she and the play’s 45-member cast made the production uniquely their own by getting creative with props and special effects.
“I think it made it so much more magical because we didn’t have these thousands of dollar set pieces, but still had a really successful production,” she said.
The students in the performance belong to the Fillmore Academy Drama Club — an after-school program sponsored by Millenium Development — and have been rehearsing since September.
The aspiring actors also had some time after the show to revel in their celebrity when they took pictures with their younger peers, who dressed up in Anna and Elsa costumes for the show.