STEM brings magic of 'Frozen' to life at Proctors

Benita Zahn
Updated: November 16, 2019 07:56 AM
Created: November 15, 2019 06:46 PM

SCHENECTADY - The magic of theater is enhanced through STEM - and it's on full display at Proctors in Schenectady, where the national tour of "Frozen" officially launched Friday.


They're implementing the creative genius of the director and designers by creating the computer programs that will run the technical side of the show when the curtain goes up.

Built in Schenectady on the Proctors stage, it had to both create the magic of the "Frozen" world in which the show is set but also be transportable as the show will pack up and tour nationwide.

To do that, there are traditional set pieces and flying scenery, but it's all enhanced by the computer-controlled LEDs built into set pieces like the ice legs - which took four months to build.

A video screen filling most of the back of the stage weighs about 6,000 pounds and has 4.7 million individual LEDs.

"You'll see clouds - they're moving, you'll see a sunset happen, you'll see a wintry forest in it sometimes, you'll see shooting stars in it, you see a staircase. I mean when you see the show, this actually creates a world of its own," said Production Supervisor Lisa Dawn Cave.

Computer programs also figure out the timing for set pieces to move on and off the stage and for the moveable lights to track the performers who thoroughly embrace the added dimension the high-tech brings to the production.

"Anytime you get to be a part of a production that's this technically advanced, you can feel the energy from the crowd responding and that obviously helps you dive into the world even easier," said Caroline Innerbichler, who plays "Anna."

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Considering Disney fans first fell in love with "Frozen" when it was released as a movie, the technology had to be stepped up to enthrall the audiences seeing the story unfold in real time.

"We could not create the world of "Frozen" that we're seeing today 20 years ago," noted Cave.

The musical runs through November 24 at Proctors.

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