Pictured is the cast of “Frozen Jr.” Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Pictured is the cast of “Frozen Jr.” Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
“Frozen Jr.” isn’t much different from Walt Disney’s “Frozen,” just shorter.

Warsaw Community High School is presenting the musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a VIP meet-and-greet from 6 to 7 p.m.; and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with a VIP meet-and-greet from 1 to 2 p.m.

In an interview Monday afternoon, WCHS theater teacher and director Melany Morris said the reason “Frozen Jr.” is shorter is because “‘Frozen’ is still on Broadway so they released ‘Frozen Jr.’ so amateur groups and school groups can do it. It’s the same story, just shorter, and there’s some featured songs like ‘Monster’ that are only on Broadway. It’s not going to be in the ‘Frozen Jr.’ production.”

According to a synopsis of the musical on www.mtishows.com, “A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, ‘Frozen Jr.’ expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, ‘Frozen Jr.’ is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!”

Regular tickets are $6 for students and $8 adults. Tickets with the VIP experience are $10 for students; adults get into the VIP experience for free if they’re accompanying their student. Tickets are available through the WCHS Performing Arts Center box office or online.

On the VIP experience, Morris said, “We’re doing something cool this year, we’re trying it out. We’re doing a VIP experience before both shows. We’re actually sold out for our Saturday show. We’re limiting it to 60 per VIP event.”

As of Monday, she said they still had some tickets available for Friday’s VIP event.

“Essentially, the little ones can come in. They can meet Elsa, all the characters. We’ll have photo booths set up, face painting, snacks and crafts. They get to spend time with the characters before the show,” Morris said.

She said what makes “Frozen” such an iconic show is the music, characters and it’s one of the more recent Disney stories where it’s not a love story between a princess and a knight in shining armor who comes and saves her.

“It’s about sisters and family. I think that resonates with people now. It’s not the knight in shining armor traditional fairy tale anymore,” Morris said.

The musical is being put on by the WCHS children’s theater class.

“This show is student produced. I direct it within the class, but students sign up for this class and then they auditioned for the show. They didn’t know we were going to do ‘Frozen.’ They just came in and I was like, ‘Hey, we’re going to do ‘Frozen.’ They were very excited about it,” she said.

The entire set is student designed and built. Students are behind the lights and sound. A student choreographed it, and another student decided on the costumes.

“It’s all a really big student collaboration,” Morris said. “It’s just a cool experience for the students to get to work on this.”

There’s 15 students in the class and there’s 10 students backstage on crew.

“We’re also trying something new. Previously, children’s theater class would have never performed for the public. But I want them to get that experience as a performer,” Morris said.

On Wednesday, 900 elementary school students were brought into the WCHS PAC to see the show for free. She said that’s part of the theater department’s outreach efforts. Also to make the show more accessible to the public, the ticket prices were reduced.