“Come see the show.”
That’s Bangs High School graduate Erika Owen’s advice when talking about the Disney musical “Frozen Jr.” at the Lyric Theatre.
Owen is among the cast that will be performing the show this weekend as part of the Putter and Roxie Jarvis Kids Theatre Workshop, for students in grades 7 through just-graduated seniors. A group of younger students will perform “Peter Pan” in three shows Aug. 2-4.
“Honestly, this might be one of the best shows that I’ve been involved in, even at Bangs, because everybody as a whole is really, really good,” Owen said. “It’s going to be great.”
“Frozen” is directed by Bangs High School theatre teacher Billie Harvey. Showtimes for “Frozen” are:
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26
• 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27
• 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28
According to the Music Theatre Internationsal website www.mtishows.com (Music Theatre International):
“Frozen” is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. “Frozen” is a story of love and acceptance between sisters. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the bond of sisterhood in a play loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor, the website states.
The Lyric Theatre summer workshops draw students from multiple school districts, so students who don’t normally act together are cast mates.
And that works out fine for Owen and fellow cast members Kaedon Robertson, an Early High School junior, and Carlee Richardson, a junior at Brownwood High School. The three stayed around for an interview after a recent rehearsal.
“It’s cool to learn everybody’s traditions, said Owen, who plans to attend Weatherford College and hopes to become an ultrasound technician. Owen said she’ll try out for plays at the college.
It’s a chance to get reacquainted with friends from other schools — friends they made in previous summer workshops but don’t get to see during the school year, Robertson said.
They also get to see the different styles the other students learn from their theatre teachers at their schools, Robertson said.
Robertson said Harvey is “very artsy and has a contemporary style.”
“Miss Lee is very traditional and uses past techniques,” Richardson said, referring to Brownwood High School theatre director Shannon Lee.
Harvey and Lee may have different styles but both have enjoyed enormous success at their respective schools.
“It’s different learning how to act with somebody you don’t really know or people you haven’t really acted with before,” Richardson said. “It’s a cool challenge that gets you out of your comfort zone. It’s really cool to work with different people and see how they schedule things differently or block things differently.”
Richardson is gaining experience as a choreographer, although she’s not the choreographer for “Frozen.” Kenedi Deal, another recent Bangs High School graduate, has that job.
Richardson said she borrows ideas from other choreographers that she’ll use in her own work.
And being a choreographer herself, Richardson said, “makes it easier to pick up what they’re trying to explain. I know what they’re trying to portray.”
The three also enjoy passing on their knowledge to younger actors, and it’s fun to talk to younger children who come to see their shows.
“I feel like we all have a kid that we look at and say ‘that was me,’” Robertson said.
Tickets are available on the Lyric Theatre website, www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com
The show is “perfect for date night,” Owen said.