McKinley Elementary to put on Disney’s ‘Frozen Kids’ virtually

Submitted Photo Fletcher Guilford is the “Bishop” and “Elsa” is played by Bridget Carlsten in the upcoming presentation of Disney’s “Frozen Kids”.

It may be a year late but the McKinley Elementary presentation of Disney’s “Frozen Kids” will soon be streaming online at Showtixu.com

Music teacher Angela Schnaible said the 30-minute musical will be shown at 6:30 p.m. May 20-23 and during matinees May 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.

The cast includes 89 students, but different scenes are being filmed separately and will be edited together to create the finished musical.

Students have been rehearsing for months and some of the lead roles are played by sixth graders who have moved on to other schools but have been allowed to come back to act in the show that had to be called off last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bridget Carlsten, a sixth grader at South Prairie, portrays the frozen Queen Elsa. She said she is “super glad” to be acting in the play she has been rehearsing since January. Earlier this month they were working on filming of the finale. Lead actors often have rehearsed after school.

“I can see my old classmates because we don’t go to the same schools so I hardly ever see them,” she said.

Carlsten, like most kids, is very familiar with the story of Elsa, the magic queen with the power to freeze anything she touches; her loving sister Anna, who sets out on a mission to find Elsa and save her from herself; Anna’s friend Kristoff and his friend Sven the reindeer; and Olaf the Snowman.

“I’ve probably seen it 100 times or more because it’s my brother’s favorite movie,” said Carlsten.

Alivia Kendall, a third grader at McKinley, plays Olaf the Snowman.

“I have really fun parts and I get to sing my own song,” she said.

In last year’s production, she was supposed to be one of the townspeople.

The snowman costume has a few drawbacks, though, she said.

“It’s made out of foam so it’s really, really hot,” she said.

Eli Rose, a sixth grader at Erik Ramstad Middle School, plays Sven the Reindeer.

He said some parts are different than they would have been in last year’s production.

“We used to have this song and I was going to sing part of it last year but we don’t have it anymore,” he said.

Rose said going back to McKinley to rehearse for “Frozen” brings back a lot of memories for him of going to the elementary school.

Isaiah Schmidt, a fifth grader at McKinley, plays Kristoff; Anna is played by Addyson Dodd, a McKinley fifth grader; and the Bishop is played by Fletcher Guilford, a fourth grader at McKinley.

For information on purchasing tickets, please visit McKinley Elementary’s Facebook page or call 857-4615 for more information.

This is a fundraising show for McKinley Elementary. Suggested ticket price is $10 per household, but there are tickets to fit anyone’s budget as the school wants everyone to be able to enjoy the magic. Disney’s Frozen KIDS is presented through special arrangement with and all materials are provided by Music Theatre International.


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