"Frozen Jr." expands upon the story and the relationship between the sisters as, when faced with danger, they discover not only their hidden potential but also the powerful bond of sisterhood.
The actors, who make up two complete casts that alternate, range in ages from 10 to 17, with a combined 67 performers.
"Getting to be a part of 'Frozen Jr.' is wonderful because everyone is so talented and supportive," said Cooper, a junior at Amador Valley High, who plays Hans. "I cannot wait for people to see this fantastic show."
Andrew Mondello returns as director and vocal director. The production crew includes Amy Tilson-Lumetta, choreographer; Ronnie La, stage manager; Isla Griston, assistant stage manager; Daria Perkova, costumer; and Sika Lonner, set design rendering.
For the first time, the troupe is partnering with the Las Positas College Theater Arts Department's career technical education program to build the sets. Students Mike Rinaldi and Karl Haller worked on this production.
"Theater gives me an opportunity to express myself, surrounded by people I love and trust," said Jenna Besh, a freshman at Foothill High, who plays King Agnarr. "The fact that we start with 40 kids in a room and end with a full-fledged production is just mind-blowing to me ... You can tell everyone's No. 1 goal is creating the best show possible."
Pleasanton recreation coordinator Mark Duncanson, who oversees everything, shared her enthusiasm.
"I think I have the best job in Pleasanton coordinating our children's theater program," he said.
The shows run Dec. 13-22; Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; youth 3-18 years old, $5. Go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.
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