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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 9:50 am

OCEAN CITY – Holiday magic will be captured in two musical spectaculars this weekend. 

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” a revival of a longtime holiday tradition for the theatre company on Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, Friday, Dec. 20, Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22. 

Disney’s “Frozen, Jr.” a shortened version of the Broadway musical, “Frozen,” is Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15.  The Broadway musical is based on the popular 2013 Disney movie of the same name.  

This show is performed by third to eighth-grade students.   

“Lights, Camera, Christmas!” is an energetic medley featuring music from holiday movies, including “White Christmas,” and “The Polar Express.”

Some of the songs include “Man With the Bag,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Extraordinary Merry Christmas,” a Grinch medley, and many more. 

There is also a toy medley with cast members dressed as ballerina dolls, Barbie and Ken dolls, toy soldiers, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. 

In one special scene, Santa Claus may make an appearance. 

Elizabeth Worley, a choreographer and performer in “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” said this is the first holiday medley show the GOCTC has done since 2014.  

“It will be a little something for everyone,” she said, adding it is very family-friendly.

“I think people will just leave smiling, happy.  It’s one energetic dance number, one after the other, with some beautiful Christmas ballads thrown in there,” she said.

In addition to the variety of songs, the show includes several styles of dance, to more classic styles to 1930s-inspired choreography, to high energy numbers.  

Audiences should come to “have an enjoyable night with tons of sparkly costumes, great Christmas music and fun for the whole family,” she said. 

Zach Letty, another cast member, described the show as a Rockettes-style musical revue. 

The show includes 24 songs, with well-known classics and some songs people may not have heard of, according to Letty. 

“It brings Ocean City together as it’s something the community looks forward to sort of bringing the spectacle of a Broadway Christmas show to Ocean City,” he said. 

“Frozen, Jr.” follows the relationship between royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, as Elsa struggles to control powers that allow her to create snow. 

Elsa isolates herself from her sisters after accidentally harming Anna.  Years later, she flees after being named queen and struggling to control her powers, while Anna sets out to find her. 

For Kate Michel, 12, who plays Elsa, her favorite thing about the movie is that the movie is kid-friendly, but has a strong message. 

“It’s about you don’t have to hide who you are to please everyone else, and how two sisters who’ve never seen each other don’t always get along but they both get along at the end because Elsa and Anna both show their true selves,” she said. 

“You have to trust your gut inside and do what is right,” Mia Patermo, who plays Anna, added.    

Performances of “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” are Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 to $18. 

“Frozen, Jr.”  will be performed Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.  All performances are held at the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. To purchase tickets, see https://ocnj.tix.com.

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