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This summer, Fuse will host a multi-week workshop where kids 7-12 will learn all aspects of how to put on a musical, culminating in a performance of Disney’s “Frozen KIDS,” a 30-minute adaptation of the 2018 Broadway show and 2013 hit film. The production features all of the songs from the animated movie, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez. “Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the meaning of true love. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite Frozen songs such as “Love Is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “Let It Go,” as well as wonderful new songs from the Broadway production.”

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As an essential aspect of our commitment to equity and excellence in theatre arts training, FUSE kicks off what we hope will be an annual tradition:
 

"The Multi-Gen Mentorship Initiative"

 

 

What does that mean, exactly?

 

We believe in the concept of "each one, teach one," the principle that skills should be passed down and shared. That's how the idea of our "Multi-Gen Mentorship Program" came about.

Kids' early experiences in theatre should be about having a ton of fun and also about learning the craft of theatre-making....

We feel strongly that every child deserves proper training, and that the skills they learn through this process will carry them through life with personal power, interpersonal competence, poise and the ability to meet challenges with grace, character and perseverance.

Under the supervision and guidance of FUSE Founder/Artistic Director Lara Morton and direction by Keona Gomes, the Frozen Kids Creative Team will be comprised of New Haven-area college students majoring in Theatre Arts, Music Education and Design & Technology/Media. They bring their youth, their diverse backgrounds, their passion and their acquired knowledge and skills to the table to create an electric, growth-oriented, youth-centered atmosphere for our cast.

 

Through the dedicated and conscientious support of our team, young performers will learn, thrive, grow, and see themselves reflected in the faces of our Creative Team as the next generation of artists and community leaders.

 

Won't you join us this summer? We so look forward to meeting you.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Keona Marie Gomes is a New Haven resident who started her study of Theatre Arts under the instruction of Ms. Morton while attending middle school in NHPS. A 2021 graduate of Co-operative Arts & Humanities High School, Keona is a rising sophomore at the University of Hartford, studying Pre-Law and Theatre Arts. She has distinguished herself as a playwright, spoken word poet, director and performer, having "opened" for Tony and Olivier Award winner Alan Cumming at Long Wharf Theatre's Grand Gala to a standing ovation at the age of 13! In high school, she wrote and directed a full-length play, which was produced on the Co-op stage. She apprenticed at NXTHVN and is now leading their initiative to expand theatre arts programming in their newly renovated black box theatre. She is a true community leader, and a phenomenal example of an empowered young woman who has taken in everything that the New Haven arts education system has had to offer. At FUSE, we see in her a shining, limitless future, and that is worth supporting and investing our resources in.

Please enjoy this gallery of Keona's evolution as a New Haven Public Schools-educated artist:

We chose her because we honestly could not think of a better role model for our young cast. Keona Gomes is 100% game to pass the torch to the talented children in the Greater New Haven community. Keona says, "Let It Go?.... Let's GO!"

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is hiring!

Are you a college student (or highly qualified rising high school senior) who would like to join the 'Frozen Kids' creative team this summer? We are NOW accepting resumes and letters of interest for exceptional students of theatre, music, design, dance, technical theatre and media/technology for a six week PAID part-time commitment. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and deeply passionate about the performing arts, comfortable and enthusiastic about working with children, willing to submit vaccination records and be fingerprinted for a thorough background check, and can demonstrate strength in more than one area of theatre production (ex.: Music Director/Social Media Manager, Choreographer/Stage Manager).

 

Please email us at Fusetheatrect@gmail.com for more information or to submit your resume/letter.

FUSE Theatre of CT, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the promotion of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility. We uphold the highest standards of mutual respect in all that we do, and we have a sincere desire to build a theatre company truly representative of the beautiful diversity of our little-big state!

So, you wanna build a snowman with us this summer? Here's what you need to know.

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Essential Program Information & Resources

Enrollment begins May 1st, 2022 and ends when 30 children are enrolled -or- June 30th, whichever comes first. Deposits of $100 are required to hold your child's space in the program (refundable up to 30 days prior to program start date, forfeited thereafter). Children will not need to audition prior to the program start date; there are no cuts. We will cast during the "Virtual Show Prep Period"(see below).

Virtual Show Prep Dates*: July 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

During this period, our creative team will get their cast ready to hit the ground running when we assemble in person starting July 25th. 

On the agenda for virtual prep period:

-- Introduce warm-up routine (stretches, vocal exercises and tongue twisters)
-- Theatre Games 
-- Casting (kids will audition vocally by singing :60 of a song from the show and readings from the script audition sides below)
-- Learning all ensemble musical numbers on Discord
-- Full cast read/sing thru on Discord on July 14th.

 

FUSE Rehearsal and Performance Calendar

 

In-Person Program Start Date: Monday, July 25th

Program End Date: Thursday, August 11th

Rehearsal Days/Times: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. (three weeks)

Performance Dates/Times: Friday, August 12th at 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Rehearsal Location: Gateway Christian Fellowship, 129 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven, CT 06516 (yourgateway.com)

Performance Location: (tentative) NXTHVN,169 Henry St.
New Haven, CT 06511

Ticket Costs: $15/adult $10/student & seniors

Tuition Cost Breakdown (max enrollment 30 children**):

9 hrs of virtual rehearsal period from July 5th-July 14th (Tues-Thurs) $90

48 hrs of in-person rehearsal fromJuly 25th-August 11th (Mon-Thurs) $360

Materials Fee (costume, scripts, etc.): $100

Family Video Fee + Professional Photography: $35

Total Program Cost: $585.00

Optional After-care ( 1:00-3:00 p.m. $100/week or $35/day)

 

Tuition Assistance Program:

FUSE will never turn ANY child away from our programming. We will work with you to make this program affordable for your family, so please do not hesitate to enroll for financial hardship reasons. There will be a place on the application to request a discreet one on one call with our financial officer to work out a custom solution for you.

*Virtual Show Prep: During this period, our cast and creative team will get to know one another, play fun games, learn about theatre basics (stage direction, etiquette, etc.), read and discuss the script, listen to the music, hold individual auditions and callbacks for lead roles. This is to prepare the kids for an intensive in-person production period of 12 days (M-Th, 9-1) in which to rehearse and present their show.

**This production experience is intended primarily for children in grades 2-6. (ages 7-12) However, younger siblings (ages 5-6) may be included on a case by case basis. Please inquire about this option by emailing us at fusetheatrect@gmail.com

ATTENTION 'FROZEN KIDS' CAST MEMBERS:

Get ready to read script "sides" and sing songs from the show for featured characters on July 7th:


Pabbie, King Agnarr, Bulda, Queen Iduna, Young Elsa
 

Olaf, Anna, Kristoff

Middle Elsa, King Agnar, Queen Iduna, Middle Anna

Anna, Hans

Anna, Elsa

08_Do You Want To Build A Snowman
00:00 / 03:07
17_In Summer
00:00 / 01:43
10_For The First Time In Forever
00:00 / 02:36
12_Love Is An Open Door
00:00 / 02:02
14_Let it GoDisney Youth Vocalist
00:00 / 03:44

'Frozen Kids' Registration Form

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I will need aftercare ($35 daily or $100 M-Th)

CREDITS: FROZEN KIDS

Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Book by Sara Wordsworth

 

Frozen KIDSis based on the 2018 Broadway production of Frozen, directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney TheatricalProductions.

Original Broadway Orchestrations by Dave Metzger

Original Broadway Music Supervision and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus

Additional Broadway Dance Music Arrangements by David Chase Frozen KIDS.

Music Adapted and Arranged by Madeline Smith Frozen KIDS.

Script Adapted by Sara Wordsworth

COPYRIGHTS: Disney’s Frozen KIDS. Performance Tracks © 2018Music andLyrics © 2013, 2018 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI) /
OnlyFor Now, Inc. (BMI), Administered by Seven Summits Music (BMI) /
Five Hundred South Songs (SESAC) /
 Boosey & Hawkes Inc. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission. Script and all othe rFrozen materials

 

© 2018 Disney. Unauthorized duplicationis prohibited by law. Frozen KIDS. and Disney’s Frozen KIDS. are trademarks of Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Broadway Junior, Family Matters, and ShowKit are registeredtrademarks of Music Theatre International. All rights reserved.Unauthorized duplication and use is prohibited.

'Frozen Kids' is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (mtishows.org)