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'Frozen KIDS' musical coming to Amador Theater

Tri-Valley youth performers taking to stage this weekend

Cast members of the upcoming Frozen KIDS musical rehearse their lines in preparation for Saturday's performance. (Photo courtesy from the city of Pleasanton)

About two dozen elementary and middle school kids from around the Tri-Valley will be debuting their unique interpretations of the 2013 Disney favorite "Frozen" this Saturday at the Amador Theater.

(Courtesy image)

"Frozen KIDS" is a 30-minute adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical, which was based on the original Disney animated movie. Adapted for young performers, the musical includes favorite "Frozen" songs such as "Love Is an Open Door", "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Let It Go", as well as new songs from the Broadway production.

The play was organized by the Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company, an in-house theater program for youth run by the city of Pleasanton.

Library and recreation coordinator Jeff Zavattero told the Weekly that a total of 24 participants split up into three casts will be performing on Saturday (Jan. 28), with the first show starting at 11 a.m. followed by the 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. showings.

He added that the 2 p.m. show will feature 14 elementary schoolers ranging from ages 5 and 6 years old who are also a part of the Lil Sparks program -- an age-appropriate introduction program to musical theater.

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Zavattero said the process of putting together the show was a quick one as there were only 14 rehearsals -- two of which were auditions -- before the children perform in front of a live audience this coming Saturday.

A Tri-Valley student poses during rehearsals for the upcoming Frozen KIDS musical on Saturday. (Photo courtesy from the city of Pleasanton)

He said that the biggest obstacle during the process was creating a unique experience for each of the three casts, which all had different directors.

"Each show has a different cast and a different creative team, but they each have a unique feel," Zavattero said. "They may be telling the same story, but each team's unique style has a way of producing different moments and interpretations of the script. The team worked together to make it work, but also found a way to make it their own."

Tickets for the musical are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Firehouse Arts Center website. The theater is located on the campus of Amador Valley High School on Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.

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'Frozen KIDS' musical coming to Amador Theater

Tri-Valley youth performers taking to stage this weekend

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jan 24, 2023, 12:05 pm

About two dozen elementary and middle school kids from around the Tri-Valley will be debuting their unique interpretations of the 2013 Disney favorite "Frozen" this Saturday at the Amador Theater.

"Frozen KIDS" is a 30-minute adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical, which was based on the original Disney animated movie. Adapted for young performers, the musical includes favorite "Frozen" songs such as "Love Is an Open Door", "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Let It Go", as well as new songs from the Broadway production.

The play was organized by the Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company, an in-house theater program for youth run by the city of Pleasanton.

Library and recreation coordinator Jeff Zavattero told the Weekly that a total of 24 participants split up into three casts will be performing on Saturday (Jan. 28), with the first show starting at 11 a.m. followed by the 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. showings.

He added that the 2 p.m. show will feature 14 elementary schoolers ranging from ages 5 and 6 years old who are also a part of the Lil Sparks program -- an age-appropriate introduction program to musical theater.

Zavattero said the process of putting together the show was a quick one as there were only 14 rehearsals -- two of which were auditions -- before the children perform in front of a live audience this coming Saturday.

He said that the biggest obstacle during the process was creating a unique experience for each of the three casts, which all had different directors.

"Each show has a different cast and a different creative team, but they each have a unique feel," Zavattero said. "They may be telling the same story, but each team's unique style has a way of producing different moments and interpretations of the script. The team worked together to make it work, but also found a way to make it their own."

Tickets for the musical are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Firehouse Arts Center website. The theater is located on the campus of Amador Valley High School on Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.

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