This past weekend, Westminster Community Charter School was proud to present Frozen Jr. to their friends, families, and teachers. Frozen Jr. is a story about the sacrifice and love between two sisters and it took exactly that to bring this story to life! Our cast of thirty-two fifth through eighth grade students, a student assistant, and one WCCS veteran worked tirelessly to bring this show to fruition. Their efforts and passion to finish what was started three years ago was inspiring to witness, not to mention the sheer depth of their individual and collective talent.
Prior to the pandemic, Frozen Jr. was well underway but with the abrupt school closures in 2020, our students had to leave behind everything they worked so hard on. Fast forward to the present, with the help of committed staff, bold artists, and dedicated technicians, our new cast took to the Westminster stage which had seen no life since May 2019. We were excited to invite back sixteen former students that were part of the original cast pre-pandemic to see the show come to life.
Beyond the excitement of the sets, lights, costumes, and music, at the heart of our musical production is community. Our school community has been committed to supporting our students in a space where they can explore their imagination, develop critical thinking skills, and build confidence. We remind ourselves often – we are students first! Our student actors worked hard to maintain academic excellence and conduct themselves in a dignified manner throughout their school day.
The hard work of school staff, who worked tirelessly for our students was exhibited by the kindness shown to the people around them. This shows that we too could rid the world of the “cold” that is in the hearts of people and replace it with the warmth of love. We are inspired to dream a little harder, believe a little more and to share the love that is within all of us.
Here are what a few of our performers had to say about their experience...
“I enjoy building bonds and I love the hard work that comes from pushing people to be better.”
Jayda H., Student Actor
“The musical gives me a chance to be part of something great!”
Jaraca L., Student Actor
“I joined the musical to finish what I started and even though I am in a different role than when I started, I am so glad I am able to be part of it.”
Tyrell E., Student Actor
“I like participating in the musical because it gives me a sense of responsibility and helps me to not procrastinate about things in my life.”
Jaevien H., Student Actor
When I do the musical it’s like all of my problems and worries are put aside and I can just be myself and have fun with the people who make me smile and laugh.”
Anari B., Student Actor
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