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ArtsNashoba Announces a Season of Songs, Rhymes, and Lots of Good Times

ArtsNashoba is celebrating another year bringing arts to kids and kids to the arts. Now in their seventh season performing at Lawrence Academy in Groton,the youth theatre troupe will be taking on two blockbuster favorites the recently released Disney’s Frozen JR and the well-known Seussical.

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t become familiar with Disney’s Frozen in recent years.  After the phenomenal success of the feature film and the subsequent musical run on Broadway, this enchanting modern classic has been released and ArtsNashoba is one of the first companies in the region to present it! Disney’s Frozen JR is based on the 2018 musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. 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!

Auditions for Disney’s Frozen JR will take place September6 at 4:00 p.m. and September 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church (UCC),220 Main Street in Groton.  Rehearsals will be held Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  The production, directed by ArtsNashoba’s Artistic Director Sharon Bisantz, will be held November 22, 23 and 24, 2019 in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Academy.

Coming in the Spring of 2020, some Seuss will be on the loose in the colorful musical classic, Seussical. Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr.Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination, Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkusto the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical also provides wonderful creative opportunities for individuals with set, lighting and costume design aspirations. Julie Ann Govang joins Bisantz on the Director’s team for this production which will audition December 6 at4:00 p.m. and December 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the UCC. Starting January 3, 2020, rehearsals will run Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4: 00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Performances run at Lawrence Academy on March 27-29, 2020.

Though ArtsNashoba’s “region has a focus on Groton, Ayer, Shirley, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell and Westford, the organization has no boundaries and welcomes youth from all communities to participate. ArtsNashoba is a place where ALL kids fit in, and are kept in a safe, judgment-free environment.  Ages 8 through 18 are encouraged to come to challenge themselves, to present wonderfully entertaining productions, but most of all - to join in the fun!  For more information about upcoming opportunities, visit ArtsNashoba online at www.artsnashoba.org.

Also, each of us has been touched, in some way, by a friend or family member with special needs or a diagnoses along the Autism spectrum. ArtsNashoba is honored to offer opportunities adapted for this special population, their families, their educators and caregivers.  For more information about ArtsNashoba’s Autism/Special Needs programming and performances, please email ArtsNashoba President Bonnie Marchesani at bonnie@artsnashoba.org.

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