Frozen Jr. is coming live to the stage in Emma Kelly Theatre at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, and four Metterites will play the leading sisters, Young Anna and Young Elsa!

Over 30 local youth actors and actresses are coming together to bring the Disney hit to life in two different productions. 

The first production will be on July 16-17 at 7 p.m. with a follow-up matinee showing on July 18th at 3 p.m. Emsley and Elsa King will be the Frozen sisters during this showing.

Emsley, age 8, will be Young Elsa, and Elsa, age 7, will be Young Anna. They are the daughters of Cortney and Liam King of Metter and the granddaughters of Deborah Johns of Metter.

“Emsley and Elsa have always loved musicals and singing, and I told them about auditions a few years ago for Annie, and they jumped at the opportunity! Elsa was only 5 years old when she auditioned for her first production and walked right in by herself with confidence and sang her song and acted out a scene. She was hooked after that!” said their mother, Cortney King. 

The second production will be on July 23 at 7 p.m. and on July 24-25 at 3 p.m., and Jenna and Chloe Best will be playing the Frozen sisters.

Jenna, age 9, will be Young Elsa, and Chloe, age 7, will be Young Anna. They are the daughters of Jennifer and Clay Best of Metter and granddaughters of Debra and Alan Best of Twin City and Connie and Paul Ewing of Screven County. 

“Chloe and Jenna have always loved Frozen, and when we saw the auditions for Frozen Jr., both girls were excited to audition. This will be their first production with the Averitt Center,” said Jennifer Best, their mother.

Each girl auditioned in early May with a prepared song and had to act and dance. The girls worked hard practicing three nights a week to learn their roles and choreography. 

During the “off” performance for each set of sisters, they will perform in the ensemble cast.

“It is so great to see how much quality instruction they are receiving and how much they are being exposed to such wonderful theatre techniques. Their directors, Robert Cottle, Joey Hukin and choreographer Nicole Deal, are all amazing and really help them to understand what they are doing on stage and how to bring their characters to life. I’m so thankful that we have access to such a wonderful program in our community,” said Cortney.

Jennifer said, “It has been so much fun watching the girls grow in confidence while doing something they both love. My husband and I have enjoyed watching the girls at practice and look forward to seeing them on stage. 

“We are so thankful for the Averitt Center, Mr. Robert, Mr. Joey, and Ms. Nicole. They are so positive and encouraging to the girls. This has been an amazing experience!”

Tickets will go on sale on July 1 and will cost $25 per person. They can be purchased by calling the Averitt Center Box Office at (912) 212-2787 or online at the Averitt Center’s website.

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