Students of the Marsh Harbour School of Dance put on two outstanding performances of ‘Frozen’ at the Grace Gym on March 28. The young singers and actors did a remarkable job. They had obviously worked very hard in their preparation, their lines were perfectly recited, their acting convincing and their singing delightful.
Special kudos go to Elaine Pilon who did a tremendous job in training these young people and who had worked tirelessly as director, producer and choreographer. Mrs. Pilon was delighted with the performances and felt that this show was the best yet. In addition to the four previous shows she has produced in Marsh Harbour she has also produced many shows in the other countries where she has lived and worked.
She paid special tribute to her husband, Andre, whom she said she could not have put on the show without. He had single-handedly made all the backdrops and props, working on them five hours every day for the past three months. The backdrops and props included an icy castle, log cabins, giant icicles and even a sled in which characters were moved around the stage.
In charge of sound was Andrew Cartwright and makeup was done by April Parotti.
While Mrs. Pilon felt that this was the best show she had ever produced she admitted that she had also found it the most difficult since she had had to adapt a stage version from an animated film. The production by the Marsh Harbour School of Dance was an adaptation of the well-loved 2013 animated Disney musical film. It is primarily the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna sets off on a dangerous and mysterious journey to bring back her sister, Queen Elsa, who has run into hiding since her magical powers caused an endless winter on her hometown. Anna teams up with rugged mountain man, Kristoff, and his loyal reindeer, Sven, to battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. During their journey she meets many challenges and new friends such as Olaf an adorable talking snowman and a group of mystical trolls.
The beautiful and well-known song, ‘Let it Go,’ is a highlight of the movie and was performed beautifully during this stage production by Mykayla Marshall who was a perfect fit for the part of Elsa.
Her sister Anna was played by Racquel Albury who had a very large part which she also performed extremely well. Both young ladies looked very comfortable on stage and both are blessed with lovely voices which blended well together when showcased in a beautiful duet. It is impossible to mention by name all of the performers and their efforts, but suffice it to say that they all performed their parts, whether large or small, very well. Special mention should be made, however, to Joshua Higgs who brought a delightful touch of humour to the play in his portrayal of Olaf the adorable snowman.
The many trolls, who looked delightful in their red and green outfits with green faces, all seemed to take great delight in playing their parts. “We would love to do it all over again,” they stated afterwards. “It was fun to dress up and have our faces made up and our hair done.”
Following the performance, Elaine Pilon thanked all those who had played a part in accomplishing “a wonderful result ,” and gave special mention to Agape School who, she said, had been absolutely wonderful in every way.