Boyce enjoys turn as villain


Clay Middle School eighth-grader Luke Boyce enjoys the opportunity to expand his acting skills as Prince Hans in “Frozen.”

“I like that I get to play a different kind of character,” he said. “Last school year, I was Timon (in ‘The Lion King’), which is the comic relief. But this year, I get to be the villain, which I’ve never gotten to play before. It’s a fun challenge to be the less likable character. I really enjoy the scene when I betray Anna and reveal my evil plans.”

Clay Middle School will have four performances of “Frozen Jr.” Nov. 18 to 20. The primary cast will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. The understudy cast will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20.

“Frozen” was a not a favorite of Boyce when he was younger.

“But I’ve learned to like it more as I’ve been in rehearsals,” Boyce said.

It was a favorite of fellow eighth-grade primary cast members Emma Miller, cast as Anna, and Hannah Seitz, who portrays Elsa.

“This is the biggest role I’ve ever gotten, so that’s a big thing for me,” Miller said “When I was a little kid, I used to run around the house and pretend like I was Anna. So, my younger self is super excited about this role. I first watched it with my cousin. After that, I watched it all the time, and I had tons of ‘Frozen’ toys, dolls, castles.

Her favorite song is “For the First Time in Forever.”

“I’ve always loved that song, and, really, it’s another reason why I love the role of Anna,” Miller said. “I’ve always loved her songs.”

Seitz’s favorite song is “Let it Go.”

“It’s fun,” Seitz said. “It is also a challenging song. I really enjoy the coronation scene, ‘Let it Go,’ and the scene in which Elsa freezes Anna in the ice palace.

Tickets are $5. For primary performances tickets, visit For Nov. 18 understudy show, visit and for Nov. 20 understudy show, visit