PARSIPPANY, NJ - On the evenings of March 20th, 21st, and 22nd, hundreds of proud parents and Disney fans flocked to Parsippany High School to see the annual musical production by sixth, seventh and eighth graders of Central Middle School. Using the high school auditorium, 130 students, cast and crew, performed their show of “Frozen Jr.”
“Frozen Jr.” is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, which is based on the 2013 movie “Frozen;” a Disney blockbuster that has recently been given a sequel and has captured the hearts of all families through its tale of Queen Elsa, with her ice powers, and her sister Princess Anna, whose heart and bravery is admired in this tale of magic and sisterhood.
“The students always put on a great show,” said Ester Musilli, who is the drama director of “Frozen Jr.” “They work hard and are very talented. And they keep coming back for fun!”
Musilli is the music teacher at Central Middle, and has directed dramas and musicals at both Central and Parsippany High School. And indeed, “Frozen Jr.” was a fun experience for whole group of students, such as 13-year-old eight grader Emily Regalade, who played the role of Princess Anna.
“It’s really fun to play Anna,” said Regalade, who has been acting in plays since she was in the fourth grade. “This musical is similar to the movie, but there’s still space for you to shape and mold your character. I get to make Anna corky and fun. The production itself can be stressful, but I enjoy bonding with the cast, and it always works out and will give us happy memories.”
These happy memories included all the great songs that are associated with the Disney musical, such as “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” “Love Is an Open Door,” and “Fixer Upper.” And best of all, there was the signature song “Let It Go,” sang by Queen Elsa, played by 13-year-old eighth grader Aisha Rehan.
During the performance of “Let It Go,” audience members were given snowflake wands that lit up and waved them as more student cast members filled the stage and seat alleys, wearing bright lights themselves
“My role as Elsa is really cool and fun to play,” said Rehan, who has been acting in school plays since she was in the second grade. “Elsa is all out there with cool powers. At times, rehearsals can be tough, but the crew is very helpful and nice. You ask for something and they help. Therefore, it becomes a really magical production.”
And the spectators felt the magic of “Frozen Jr.”
“I’m happy to see these kids perform, especially since my kids are going into Central Middle School next year,” said Parsippany resident Dana Schwartz.
Township resident Tracy Gordon felt the same way. “I like the amount of kids involved and I love that there’s a pit orchestra instead of recorded music,” said Gordon.“A lot of kids love ‘Frozen’ and this brings the community together.”
And truly, the community of Parsippany-Troy Hills came together, enjoying this classic Disney tale with friends and family.