Skyridge High earns first-in-Utah ‘Frozen’ musical rights

Nov 15, 2023, 10:25 PM | Updated: 10:47 pm

LEHI — Each year, Disney gives one High School in each state the rights to put on Frozen the Broadway Musical. For the first time in Utah, Skyridge High School took the stage after winning a competition.

John Brown, director and theater teacher said the application process was hard, and there was a lot of competition.

Behind Skyridge’s Frozen performance, he believes when you pull back the curtain, there’s a touching story of students working together to make it happen.

“It’s not just one element that goes into making a program,” Brown said. “It’s that sort of environment. it’s that sort of culture that the entire community breeds that enables us to do something like this.”

Brown said it goes way beyond the kids on stage and behind the scenes. Support for this production goes as high up as the Lehi mayor, the city, and community leaders that made it all possible.

And the turnout of opening night was huge.

“Yeah it looks like we’re going to sell as many, if not more tickets than we’ve ever sold before,” Brown said.

“I think our department has earned this with a community of loving each other and helping each other out,” said Caleb Southwick, who plays Kristoff.

Caleb Southwick (Kristoff) and his castmate playing Sven in Skyridge High School’s production of “Frozen the Broadway Musical” (KSL TV)

His castmates feel the same kind of community connection, and to their characters. Mia Shoebinger, who plays Anna, Ellie Sabin, Elsa, and Carson Long, Olaf, made similar comments.

The lead cast of Skyridge High School's production of "Frozen the Broadway Musical". (KSL TV)

The lead cast of Skyridge High School’s production of “Frozen the Broadway Musical”. (KSL TV)

“We had an opportunity to really change the hearts of people,” Long said.

“It means so much to me. I’ve loved Frozen ever since I was a kid, and I’ve always resonated with Anna. Just her spunk and her attitude and her love for others,” Shoebinger said.

“I couldn’t do without of the cast, the ensemble. They’re amazing,” Sabin said. “Literally, the amount of times that I’m running backstage that it’s them that’s carrying me.”

Ellie Sabin, a Skyridge High School Student, playing Elsa in the school's production of 'Frozen the Broadway Musical'. (KSL TV)

Ellie Sabin, a Skyridge High School Student, playing Elsa in the school’s production of “Frozen the Broadway Musical”. (KSL TV)

Likewise, the romance with Anna and Kristoff, played by Ethan Etringer, even has a deeper meaning to him.

“Not really knowing what love means to him. And then finally meeting Anna and getting to know what love truly is and what it means to him personally. It’s just amazing. It’s beautiful,” Etringer said.

And love is something that the villian in this play can understand, or at least if you ask him backstage.

“It’s a type of love that everyone deserves and needs in their life.” Southwick said.

Mia Schoebinger (Anna) and Caleb Southwick (Hans) in Skyridge High School's production of "Frozen the Broadway Musical".

Mia Schoebinger (Anna) and Caleb Southwick (Hans) in Skyridge High School’s production of “Frozen the Broadway Musical”. (KSL TV)

The cast proved the love they have for each other and their community is the element that makes a great show, and a once in a high school opportunity a reality.

Frozen runs through Nov. 20th at Skyridge High School. Tickets can be found here.

Mia Schoebinger (Anna) and Ellie Sabin (Elsa) and castmates. (KSL TV)

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Skyridge High earns first-in-Utah ‘Frozen’ musical rights