Chill out with the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s production of ‘Frozen JR.’ at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Sunday and Monday |

Chill out with the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s production of ‘Frozen JR.’ at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Sunday and Monday

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Patrick Willing as Oaken, leads the Oaken Family in a rousing rendition of the song “Hygge” in Vail Performing Arts Academy’s "Frozen JR."
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If you go

What: VPAA’s “Frozen JR.”

When: Sunday, Aug 4., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Cost: $10

More information: Visit or call 970-845-8497 for tickets. To learn more about VPAA and to sign up for the fall performance visit or email

Vail Performing Arts Academy’s powerhouse cast of 60 local youngsters will bring the enchantment of Disney’s “Frozen JR.” to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday and Monday, with performances that are sure to melt the hearts of audiences of all ages.

Vail Performing Arts Academy is one the first theater companies to be granted the rights to the performance, making this production extra-special.

“Frozen JR.” is based on the 2018 Broadway musical and the 2013 Disney film, and brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Directed by Colin Meiring, the show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

“Frozen JR.” chronicles the story of true love and acceptance between princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

“This summer we are very excited to offer a musical that is incredibly well-known and wildly popular,” VPAA executive producer Annah Scully said in a release. “We will present our main cast in two performances on Aug. 4 and will feature some of our understudies in our Aug. 5 performance. We will also invite the little ones (and big ones) in the audience who know all the words (and who sing it daily, especially while riding in the car) to stand and sing along with our cast in a rousing, jubilant finale of ‘Let It Go!’”

Montana Palmer, who plays the older Anna, said, “my character is fun, silly and challenging, which really helps me be a better actress.”

Charlie Strauch has to become Olaf the snowman in a costume that is half human/half snowman.

“Olaf is the coolest character because I get to make something that isn’t alive come to life,” he said. “It’s awesome!”

Jack Pryor plays Prince Hans and creates the plot twist in the show. “I hope to get a huge reaction from the audience,” he said.

Olivia Arseneau is Queen Elsa in Sunday’s performances. She enjoys VPAA and her lead role because, she said, “Elsa is powerful and a serious role to create, but I feel I can meet the challenge because I am surrounded by people who support me.”

And bringing on the comic relief is the Duke of Weselton, played by AJay Bentley, who feels very connected with his character: “He is like me because he is crazy, over the top, and gets lots of laughs,” he said.

“Frozen JR.” will be performed at Vilar Performing Arts Center at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday as well as 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating. Visit or call 970-845-8497. To learn more about VPAA and to sign up for the fall performance, visit or email

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