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Posted on: July 21, 2023

AECT Announces Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” to Open Next Weekend; Introduces New Artistic Director

Frozen Jr. against an icy blue background

EAST LANSING, Mich. — All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) invites community members to attend its summer performance, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” The musical will be performed over two weekends, beginning next Friday, July 28.

Performances of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 28 and Friday, Aug. 4, as well as at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 and Aug. 5 and 6. The performances will be held in the Albert A. White Performing Arts Theater at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road. 

Tickets for Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” are $8 for youth (17 and under) and $12 for adults (18 and older). Community members can purchase tickets by calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0 or going online to Tickets can also be purchased in person at ELHCC, 819 Abbot Road.

AECT is also pleased to announce that Nina Crumpton has been hired to serve as the organization’s new artistic director. Crumpton began her AECT career as a parent volunteer and has served as the AECT costumes crew head since 2017. She has taught costume design and construction for more than 20 shows. In the summer of 2021, Crumpton began the new AECT puppetry guild crew, bringing together skills from costumes, props and acting. She has also served as a lead counselor for AECT summer drama camps. Previously, Crumpton worked in special education for Holt Public Schools. 

“We are so excited for the selection of Nina as the new artistic director of All-of-us Express. She brings a broad amount of theater expertise to this position,” said East Lansing Parks, Recreation and Arts Program Coordinator Kathleen Miller. “Over the years that she has been involved in AECT, Nina has honed a diverse set of skills that will benefit all of our young performers.”

Over 80 community members from the mid-Michigan area are participating on the cast and crews of this production. AECT began in 1989 as a theater for children by children. In 2009 the theater merged with the City of East Lansing. This fall begins AECT’s 35th season. 

Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” is a story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Anna and Elsa. It is full of magic, adventure and plenty of humor that promises to thaw even the coldest heart.   

Production of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” is generously sponsored by Jackson, Ingham County Hotel/Motel Fund, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) offers young people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. AECT brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of hundreds of youth from throughout the region.      

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