Twin Cities Raised ‘Frozen’ Star Finally Performs For Hometown

Actors often identify with their characters – in part to understand and defend the people they play. But for Caroline Innerbichler, the personal bond with Princess Anna of Arendelle in “Frozen” runs deeper. And it’s not just because of the pandemic.

Anna comes out of the cold store after being frozen in place for some time.

“Isn’t that all of us now?” Asked Innerbichler. “Anna is not clean and polite like the other young nuns I have played. She is frantic and in the moment and sometimes puts her foot in her mouth. It could be considered a character flaw, but it is. is one of the most enchanting things about She’s Completely Honest – an open book, unfiltered. I see myself that way, leading with emotion and sharing my truth. “

Innerbichler debuts at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday as part of the blockbuster Disney nationwide tour. But the Twin Cities native, who cut her teeth in children’s theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Ordway and Guthrie, does it in a roundabout way.

She indulged in the late Ivey Awards, which for years took place at the State Theater across the street, and attending Broadway tours at the Orpheum. Now she’s posing as a Disney-ratified star on stage.

“His is going to feel like my opening night – coming home to Minneapolis, ”she said.

Innerbichler created a cheat sheet for his friends, including walks around the lake, art museums and the sculpture garden.

The musical is based on the 2013 Disney Princesses adventure film starring Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as sisters Anna and Elsa. Frozen Elsa has the power to turn things around in winter. It’s up to Anna to break the winter spell and save the queen.

The film grossed nearly $ 1.3 billion. Innerbichler, then starring in “Fiddler on the Roof” in Chanhassen, went to see the film immediately after a “Fiddler” show with friends, wearing her hair in two red braids with bangs, like Anna.

As Anna appeared on the screen, her comrades turned and looked at her.

Supernatural, she thought.

Maybe it was some kind of a sign, but playing Anna was anything but inevitable. Innerbichler auditioned 14 times before beating dozens of actors to land the lead.

The touring company began rehearsals in New York City in September 2019. The musical kicked off its nationwide tour in Los Angeles with a resounding opening, then headed to Seattle. It was then that things stopped.

Innerbichler was in a hotspot, and not so much in the spotlight.

“Remember the Pacific Northwest is where the pandemic first hit” the United States, she recalled. “We had had a week of performances in Portland. We were really surprised.”

It was not clear on what kind of schedule they would be, as officials believed the disruption would last a few weeks and then months. Some of the cast and crew from “Frozen” who had stayed in hotels and Airbnbs decided to stay put. Innerbichler spoke with her mother from Portland after a week without shows.

“She said, ‘Do you just want to go back to Minneapolis?'” The actor said. “I wanted to go home with my dog, Finna. She’s a miniature Australian Shepherd. She loved the pandemic. ‘Hey, mom is home everyday.'”

The forced shutdown gave him time to think about his life. She could see the similarities between Anna and other characters she had played, like Sophie in “Mamma Mia!”

“Sophie has a goal and is chasing it,” said Innerbichler. “The entire plot and all of the other characters follow suit.”

But unlike Sophie, Anna’s passion is not motivated by romantic love but by concern for family. In fact, it sets Anna apart from other Disney stories.

“She fights for a member of her family and provides unwavering support,” said Innerbichler. “It’s a much deeper story and show than you might expect. That’s what I love about it. Although you can entertain yourself with a lot of Disney magic and tales from fairies, it’s deeply human and very easy to dig. “

But the pandemic break allowed him to ask some puzzling questions.

“I had moments of doubt, like others, my God, am I still good at this?” said Innerbichler.

When she first returned to the stage on August 31, she felt grateful.

“I was like, wait, has the time gone?” ” she said. “It was like riding a bike. My muscle memory took over. My body was enjoying the show and the words started to come out of my mouth.”

She is hoping that her friends and family in her hometown, not to mention the fans, will experience the same joy and pleasure that she had with the show.

“We approached this topic with our hearts completely open and beating to the beat of what this show is all about,” said Innerbichler. “It has been a healing for the public who come to sit and breathe safely with the same community again. I hope it is a healing experience, especially for Minneapolis after the uprising. It was amazingly amazing. moving to see my community coming together in droves to help the homeless. I hope after such a traumatic time it will be a time of rest, healing, fun and magic. Let people laugh and cry and to feel together again in the same room. “

“Disney’s Frozen: The Musical”
Who: Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Book by Jennifer Lee. Directed by Michael Grandage.
Where: Orpheum Theater, 910 avenue Hennepin. S., deputies.
When: 8 p.m. Fri, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sun, 7:30 p.m. Tue-Thu Ends October 20
Protocol: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
Tickets: $ 40- $ 95. 1-800-982-2787 or hennepintheatretrust.org.

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