“That’s what I was going to say!”
The repeating theme of the show – Love is an Open Door.
What is Frozen – Live at the Hyperion?
Elsa’s ice castle.
This is a live-action (plus some screen effects) retelling of the story of Frozen.
There are some practical set dressing and effects (doors, a stunt with the sled in the wolf chase scene, the ice castle stairs, Elsa’s dress reveal, etc. – although the last requires a bulky, unflattering outfit being worn for the first half of the show), but it most often uses electronic screens to show the “magic” happening and change the “sets”. However, the digital sparkles may quite delight the young Frozen fans in the theater.
The stage appears surprisingly small for the space the theater provides, which makes the story feel physically enclosed instead of expanded. And it looks somehow less evocative of its setting compared to the previous Aladdin – A Music Spectacular show held here. This is probably due to the extensive use of the screens rather than actual sets – it is very reminiscent of the background and setup of the former temporary Frozen Sing-Along and it is almost like having bits of the movie running in the background of the play, which distracts from the performances – and at times caused a bit of motion sickness to watch. (If you’re sensitive to this, I’d suggest looking away from the screens when they start moving quickly.)
But you do get to see almost the entire film recreated in this show.
Who are the performers?
The trolls try to help Kristoff and Anna as Olaf and Sven look on.
A fairly large cast of all the main characters of Frozen (Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Hans, Duke of Weselton, puppeted Olaf and Sven, trolls, etc.) are here along with background characters/dancers.
The roles of Anna and Elsa are actually double-cast in this show, meaning one set of actresses portray the young Anna and Elsa, while another set portray the adult incarnations. I’m not quite sure why this was necessary as both sets of performers are adults.
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