PCT’s “Frozen Junior” is a Hot Ticket

Kristoff (Zeke Dixon) advises Princess Anna (Summer Graham) while Sven (Amara Baranek) and Olaf (Jerec Demmler) listen in. Photo by JAMS Photography

December 7, 2022
By Rachel Scofield
Photos by JAMS Photography

If you want to catch the Pickerington Community Theatre’s (PCT) production of Disney’s Frozen Junior, stop what you are doing and buy the tickets now.  The musical, which began its run December 2, has four more performances this upcoming weekend, and tickets are selling out.

The show, which features all of the songs from the film plus five new songs written for Broadway, has elicited strong responses from capacity crowds.

“We’ve gotten some really heartwarming and spectacular reactions from the audience members, especially the younger ones,” Director Mandy Tuttle said. “When they see their heroes come out on stage, it makes it all worth it.  They think the theater is magic and that these beloved characters are coming to life in front of their eyes!”

In addition to the amazing cast, Tuttle credits the production team with creating a really wonderful experience, through lighting, special effects, costumes and props.

Young Elsa (Nora West) builds a snowman with Young Anna (Wren Dawson). Photo by JAMS Photography

“All of that draws audience members in immediately and holds their attention through the whole show,” she said. “It also helps that it’s a very well-paced, action-packed show.”

Worldwide, Frozen has become an immensely popular franchise. According to imbd.com, the first motion picture made more than $1.28 billion, making it the 16th highest grossing film of all time.  Frozen II comes in 10th on the list by grossing more than $1.42 billion.

Audiences enter the theatre already knowing the characters, which means there is a lot of pressure to get certain things right.

“Olaf needs to look like himself, little touches like the specific crown that Elsa wears, the songs, the freezing effects,” Tuttle said. “There are a lot of heavy expectations when it comes to a show like this, even if the familiarity of the characters is in itself a big draw. Fortunately, we have a very experienced group of theater veterans on the production team to whom magic in not a foreign concept!”

PCT is presenting Disney’s Frozen Junior at the Wigwam Theatre located at 10190 Blacklick Eastern Road NW. Cast B will perform Friday, December 9 at 8 pm and Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm.  Cast A will perform Saturday, December 10 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 11 at 2 pm.

As of publication time, most seats had been reserved with a few singletons here available for purchase.  The Saturday 8 pm performance still had adjacent seats available. To purchase tickets, please visit pickeringtoncommunitytheatre.org.

Olaf (Christopher Schroeder), Sven (Livi Campbell), and Kristoff (Joshua Hammond) worry over Anna (Izzy Vatter) after she suffers an ice blast to the heart. Photo by JAMS Photography

PCT has announced the following shows for its 2023 season: The Foreigner, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, School of Rock and Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Season passes will be available for purchase from the PCT website within the next few months.

Thank you JAMS Photography for the use of your images. To see more photographs from Disney’s Frozen Junior as well as imaged from previous PCT productions please visit the JAMS Photography website.

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