‘Frozen Jr.’ cast members, from left, Mark Almeida as Sven, Felicity George as Anna, Matthew Clark as Olaf, and Jacob Naccash as Kristoff, rehearse the play that opens tonight.

With the release of Disney’s “Frozen 2” in November, a local teen drama group will get the jump on the festivities with a local production of “Frozen Jr.” starting tonight.

St. John’s Drama will perform in the production, based on the Broadway version of the 2013 film. Jim Naccash, the director of “Frozen Jr.”, said that this Is the first time the show is being performed in the Shenandoah Valley.

“‘Frozen’ is still on Broadway, so they don’t allow a show to go to community theater if it’s still on Broadway,” he said.

Naccash said this is the 11th year that St. John’s Drama has been doing main stage productions in the fall. The group’s last show was “A Christmas Carol” in 2018.

“We try to do a musical every other year,” he said. “We had been searching for a show to do ever since ‘A Christmas Carol’ and we found out ‘Frozen Jr.’ was available.”

Naccash said his wife Johanna found out “Frozen Jr.” was being made available for community theaters to perform this year.

“We’re fans of the original movie,” he said. “We’re fans of the songs and the characters.”

Naacash said the show will feature 57 performers, including his two sons.

“They’re very excited,” he said. “It’s fun to see them sing all the songs in the show. People think it’s a show for girls, but it’s a solid story for everyone. It’s a very universally appealing show.”

Naccash said the actors in any of the St. John’s Drama group typically range from ages 13 to 19, but “Frozen Jr.” will feature some younger children.

“Occasionally, like in ‘Frozen,’ we invite young kids to be in the production,” Naccash said. “The story begins with a young Anna and young Elsa. We have attached some very talented young ladies to those roles.”

Naccash said that “Frozen Jr.” will be a little different than the original “Frozen” story, including changes in the sequencing of the story, and additional songs were added.

“One of the new things we added was the number with the Wandering Oakens,” he said. “They’re a family now instead of just a shop. It’s a showstopper.”

Naccash said that he and the performers on “Frozen Jr.” are excited about the upcoming performances.

“It’s a real feel-good show,” he said. “The performance is excellent. It’s a very upbeat way to spend an afternoon.”

The first performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Skyline High School Theatre. Other evening performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Friday, Nov. 15, and Nov. 16. Matinee performances will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 17.

Ticket prices will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and $7 for students and seniors ages 65 and over. A family special admission ticket is available each night for a maximum of $35 per family.

Tickets will be available for sale at the door on the day of the performance.

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