The Chester County Youth Theater Camp proudly presents Disney’s Frozen Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday, June 25 and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Freed-Hardeman University’s Loyd Auditorium. Golden Circle Tickets in the first eight center rows are $15 for adults and $12 for children. General admission tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Chester County elementary fine arts programs and Chester County Youth Theater. Individuals may buy tickets online at fhutickets.com or pay at the door.
Frozen Jr. marks the two-week camp’s fifth summer production where students learn stage production, play structure, character development, stage directions, choreography, and music.
“Each year I’m impressed by the students’ work ethic and commitment to the production and to each other,” Becky Hartle, Chester County Youth Theater Camp director, said.
“Students gain confidence and strengthen talents and return year after year ready to challenge themselves all over again. I always urge them to understand that the process is just as important as the product as we create our strong theater family each show.”
Sisters Ella and Emma Noles are returning for their last year of theater camp this summer. The sisters have been involved since the beginning.
“You learn how to be an actor and how to be a part of a team that works together that puts on an amazing show. I have enjoyed getting to play unique characters and building my confidence to perform. I am thankful for Mrs. Becky and her crew for helping me grow and for making theater camp a great experience,” Ella said.
“I have had a blast at theater camp. It is truly a unique and fun experience. Many memories are made, and long-lasting friendships are formed. I not only learned more about theater, but I also learned more about myself,” Emma said.
Fifth-grader Caleb Rogers is a first year camper learning the ropes.
“I have learned that a play requires cooperation. Sometimes things change and we need to go with the flow. I have really enjoyed working with the other campers. Everyone brings their own blend to the scene and makes it great!” Caleb said.
Following its first production of Lion King in 2016, the Chester County Youth Theater presented Aladdin Kids, Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit, Willy Wonka Kids, Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone, Beauty and the Beast Jr., Wizard of Oz and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Online Edition.
The 2020 production of Frozen Jr. was rescheduled due to Covid-19 and for this year only, 10th-grade students are participating.
“This year’s production is special for all of us as we say goodbye to some of our campers who have been with us since the beginning. They will always be a part of our theater family,” Hartle said. “This whole experience is transformative not just for the students, but for me and my team as well.”