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Senior to star as Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen: The Broadway Musical”

by Parker Loew

Ruby Milton, a senior from Northeast Range who lives in Embarrass, is set to play Elsa in the highly anticipated Disney’s Frozen: The Broadway Musical in January.

Milton first became interested in musicals and singing when she began attending NER in third grade and has enjoyed being in “multiple” musicals over the years.

Her journey toward playing Elsa in the musical was not as straightforward as it may seem, however.

“I’ve always been cast as somebody funny,” she said. “I’m the funny, outgoing person, so it makes sense. This is a very opposite character than I usually play though, and I think it’ll change up how I perceive things.”

In the movie, the character of Elsa undergoes a large character change, starting fearful and isolated and ending powerful and confident.

Originally, Milton didn’t want to play the role of Elsa and didn’t know if she even wanted to take part in the musical as she thought the movie ‘Frozen’ was for children.

After some convincing from Billie Rouse, who is helping bring the musical to life, Milton decided she would take part in the musical, and after some research and soul searching, realized she did resonate with the character of Elsa, and tried out for the role.

“She’s a very emotional person because she doesn’t know who she is for the first half of the movie,” she said. “She finally lets go of all of her insecurities and emotions, and she finally is herself.”

Rouse saw Milton as a perfect fit for the role of Elsa and pushed her to try out for the role.

“Sometimes, I think that when you decide who you are on the inside, you’re a little bit nervous about who you can be,” said Rouse. “What she’s found is she’s one powerful sister.”

While the part of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen: The Broadway Musical may be the role Milton was born to play, it doesn’t negate the work she must put in to bring the character to life.

“It has been a lot of work,” she said. “I think about it all the time. I’m practicing humming my songs while doing the dishes, just humming along, thinking, what do I have to do on this song? It’s a lot of work but it’s going to turn out so well. I’m so excited.”

One thing Milton has been working hard on is dropping the Rs off all her words when singing.

“When you’re singing words that end in R like door, it kind of makes the note drop off, and you don’t sing it very long if you sing the R,” she said. “Holding more of the Os and then keeping it and saying the R at the very end is what will hold the note and make it sound really good.”

Another challenge Milton has faced is the change in the level of difficulty of songs she has to sing.

The songs in Disney’s Frozen: The Broadway Musical are very challenging and meant to be performed by Broadway singers.

“They’re hard to figure out for a high school student because they’re Broadway songs,” she said. “I’ve been picking them up well, though. It just takes a lot of practice.”

Milton ended by saying she has enjoyed her experience so far and that all the cast have been very fun to work with and they are all very excited for the first performance on Friday, Jan. 19.

A fundraiser concert with Elias Mokole, celebrated baritone, teaming up with pianist Linda Turpening for a concert  on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Ely’s First Presbyterian Church.

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