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Theater review: Casa’s ‘Frosty the Snowman’

Patrick Clanton, left, as Frosty and Stephen Newton as Billy in Casa Mañana Theatre’s “Frosty the Snowman,” which runs through December 23.
Patrick Clanton, left, as Frosty and Stephen Newton as Billy in Casa Mañana Theatre’s “Frosty the Snowman,” which runs through December 23. Casa Mañana Theatre

Singing “Frosty the Snowman” is a familiar refrain during the holidays.

Casa Mañana Theatre’s musical, which runs through December 23, will also seem familiar to audiences. It’s a retelling  of the 2013 show including some of the same actors. While the story may be the same, the spirited cast and lively performances will warm hearts.

Bob Reed is back to play Officer Bob who narrates the story of how Santa Claus sent Frosty to help an orphan named Billy (Stephen Newton who also played Billy in 2013) with the help of young Julie, played by Jude Lewis who shares the role with Gabi Roller.

All Billy wants for Christmas is to have a home and a loving family. He has run away from his orphanage and has sent a letter to Santa hoping his wish could come true. To get along with the neighborhood kids, he helps them put the finishing touch on a snowman by stealing Mean Mr. Gardner’s (Brian Mathis) broom. When the mission is accomplished, the kids give a rousing rendition of “Hail the Conquering Hero” and leave for their homes.

As the other children go home to their families, Billy reveals to Julie that he has no home to go to and decides to sleep on a bench outside Gardner’s store. This is when Santa’s plan is introduced and Frosty (Patrick Clanton) is born.

The soulful rendition of “What Child Is This” by Clanton and Julie Rhodes, who plays young Julie’s mom and Santa’s No. 1 Elf, is one of the highlights. Santa (played by himself) also steals the show several times with his witty banter. The trio of Mrs. Jones (Jamie Ecklund), Mrs. Jackman (Alyssa Gardner) and Mrs. Johnson (Brett Warner) take their numbers to a new level especially in the “What do the lonely do at Christmas?” number.

However, the child actors are the stars of the show. The ensemble musical performances and dance numbers by the young actors will keep you smiling long after the curtains close.

Maricar Estrella: 817-390-7720, @maricare

Frosty the Snowman

Good to know: After the performance, get in line for a visit with Santa. And don’t forget to meet the cast and get autographs.

Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes including a 20-minute intermission

When: Through December 23

Where: Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth

Cost: $20-$35

Info: 800-745-3000, www.casamanana.org

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