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Love will thaw a frozen heart!

Superior Arts Youth Theater to present Disney play

The cast is seen rehearsing for Superior Arts Youth Theater’s production of Disney’s “Frozen, Jr.,” which opens Thursday at the Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University. (Photo courtesy of Nicholas Conroy)

MARQUETTE — With a cast including more than 70 local youth, the Superior Arts Youth Theater will present “Disney’s Frozen, Jr.” at Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre from Thursday through Sunday.

Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, “Frozen, Jr.” brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life.

The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, “Frozen, Jr.” expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. SAYT’s production is directed by Jill Vermeulen, with choreography by Emily Burbey and Gracie Fries, music direction by Sara Parks, and stage-managed by Aubrey Wolck.

A sensory-friendly performance of “Frozen, Jr.” designed to create a supportive environment for children and adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues, and their friends and families, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Slight adjustments to the production for this performance include the reduction of any jarring sounds or lights, dim house lights that remain on during the performance, and quiet and activity areas staffed with specialists in the lobby for those who need to leave their seats during the performance. The sensory-friendly performance is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Marquette County.

“Frozen, Jr.” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and at 1 p.m. Sunday at Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now: $15 for adults and $9 for students. Tickets are available online at tickets.nmu.edu (there is a print at home option), by phone at 906-227-1032 or in person at any NMU ticketing outlet, including the Berry Events Center, University Bookstore, Superior Dome or the Forest Roberts Theatre.

SAYT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan that seeks to provide young people ages 3-18 with high quality educational, performance, and technical theater opportunities. Learn more about SAYT by visiting saytheater.org or liking Superior Arts Youth Theater on Facebook.