Big Sky Broadway presented Frozen Junior to a sold out audience over the weekend. PHOTO COURTESY JOHN CHADWELL & OWEN GITCHELL

It’s good to be bad

Villains vs. heroes in Disney’s Descendants

Big Sky Broadway is the place to be this August 20th and 21st, when Big Sky’s first and only children’s theater company, now in its 11th year, presents Disney’s Descendants.

This popular new Disney franchise was first a Disney Channel movie and tells the story of the descendants of beloved Disney heroes (and less beloved villains) who are now in high school. It’s good versus evil when Beauty and the Beast’s son decides to extend an olive branch to the kids on the Isle of Evil and invite them to attend school at fancy Aurodon Prep.

“Big Sky Broadway has an incredibly high return rate,” says producer Ace Beattie. “So many people come back year after year to see their favorites.”

For instance, this year look for Frieda Fabozzi, a four-time BSB veteran, in a primary role as Mal (daughter of Malificient) in Saturday’s show. “It takes a lot to put together a big production and throughout the whole two weeks it is awesome to see the whole play come together and everyone work together,” Fabozzi says. Her counterpart will be Ruby Lammers, with other long term BSB favorites in primary roles including Addie Malonowski, Eva Mitchell, Olivia Kamieniarz, Miles Romney, Alex Redmond, Dylan Efferson, Elise Daughtery and Henry Flach, Ursula Blyth, C. Coleman, Hazel Buotte, Sidney and Thomas Trulen, Claire Hoadley, Elisa Daughterty and Aubrey Farr.

Once they enter high school, many BSB veterans move into staff roles in the production, including Libby Flach as Assistant Director, Ace Beattie as Producer and Luke Kirchmayr as Tech Director. Logan Barker, Annel Garcia, and Max Romney. “Our staff program is key to our success. The younger kids love working with the older ones and the older kids love staying in touch with the program. They also learn such valuable skills,” said co-founder and Executive Producer Barbara Rowley.

John Zirkle, Barbara Rowley and Klaudia Kosiak--founders of the program 11 years ago, remain at the helm joined by Big Sky’s dance teacher Jennifer Waters and vocal director Sarah Mitchell.

This year’s season has been Covid-impacted with the middle grade show, Descendants, moving to August for a three-week season of Junior show followed by Descendants.

You can purchase tickets at https://warrenmillerpac.org. Last week’s show of Frozen sold out.

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