Who: Miya Corpstein stars as Queen Elsa in BEAT Children’s Theatre’s “Frozen Jr.,” a youth version of the tale based on Disney’s 2018 Broadway musical. The production opens Friday at Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Drive, in Bend, and features two full casts.
The “Sven” cast performs at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and the “Olaf” cast at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Corpstein, 17, is a member of the Olaf cast, and has appeared in 30 productions since her first BEAT show at age 8, including playing Annie in “Annie” and Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” Tickets are $15, $10 for students 18 and under, at tickettails.com.
Q: What drew you to theater?
A: My brother did theater when I was little, and I went to go see one of his plays. I decided I wanted to try it.
Q: What was your first show?
A: It was called “Stefanie Hero.” I was a baby dragon. It was really fun.
Q: What do you like about playing Elsa?
A: I like playing Elsa because it’s a role I’ve never really played before. She is so powerful, but she decides to hold it inside. And I feel like this show has great character development with Elsa. At the beginning, she’s very reserved and anxious, but in the end she becomes more confident and it allows for her to express herself through her magic. And I think that’s really cool.
Q: It’s a pretty big cast. It’s 40 people?
A: Yes. And then there’s another cast with another 40.
Q: Does it feel like a lot of people?
A: Not really. I’m kind of used to it. I’ve been in shows with, like, 75 people, so this feels pretty normal.
Q: What other plays do you have coming up?
A: I’m doing “Into the Woods” with Summit Theatre in February. I’m playing Little Red Riding Hood.
Q: Do you hope to study theater in college?
A: Yeah. My dream school is NYU. I’m trying to decide a career path right now, but I’m leaning toward musical theater.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin