Delta will soon be welcoming the beloved characters of Anna, Elsa and Olaf to the stage courtesy of the Delta Youth Theatre.
The young people's pre-professional theatre company kicks off its fifth season with its fall run of Disney’s Frozen Jr. Performances will take place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 8 at Genesis Theatre in Ladner.
Next spring the theatre group will stage The Music Man Jr. from April 29 to May 3.
“We are excited to be offering two incredibly antithetical shows to our performers and our audiences,” said company co-director Tony Barton. “The Music Man and Frozen are so completely different in terms of style, era, genre and storytelling”
Barton and co-director Tracy Neff are thrilled to be one of the first companies in the Lower Mainland to produce Frozen, Jr., a modern classic from the Disney repertoire that is adored by millions of young fans who know every note and nuance of their favourite characters.
It will feature dazzling song and dance numbers like Do You Want to Build a Snowman, Love is an Open Door and Let it Go.
Delta Youth Theatre has produced two shows per season since its first production of Sondhiem's Into The Woods, Jr. in 2015 with an all-Delta student cast. This year the company's four casts also include young performers from Langley, Richmond and Surrey.
Neff and Barton have also involved guest actors in their productions, including Jim Martens (Elf Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Jr.), and Neal McDonough (Annie Jr., Willy Wonka, Jr.).
A big component of the company's productons every year are hugely popular mid-week school matinees. Frozen Jr. matinees are already in high demand with several shows sold out. Tickets to these shows can only be booked by teachers who should contact the company at 604-417-7748 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Youth Theatre has also added classes in musical theatre and movement to help students grow in their craft and to give those who may not be ready for the big show a place to develop the skills they need.
“We are big believers in process and education,” said Neff, who pursued her own love of musical theatre at the Boston Conservatory of Music where she received her BFA.
Barton, who has his BA in music education from Illinois State University and his MA in Opera from Las Vegas University, backs that up.
“Everyone wants to be in a show, but the students who actually want to learn how to take direction and to gain skills that they can bring to the table are the students we want to work with the most,” he said.
This year the company has retained professional performers Jordan Field and Emma Dotto to head up musical theatre development classes. Both instructors have performed with Theatre Under The Stars and Dotto choreographed Delta Youth Theatre’s Mary Poppins, Jr. stand-out number Step In Time last season.
Tickets to all performances of the 2019/20 season are on sale at: www.deltayouththeatre.com.