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The Portland stage run was cut short because of the health crisis, but the actors shared their thoughts on the Broadway show; other items here involve California condor chick, Jacob Miller of 'The Voice' and Valarie Kaur

COURTESY PHOTO: DEEN VAN MEER - Caroline Innerbichler (right) stars as Anna and Caroline Bowman (right) as Elsa in 'Frozen,' which had a short run in Portland before the health crisis halted the shows.'Frozen' out

In the end, they had to "Let It Go."

Caroline Innerbichler ("Anna") and Caroline Bowman ("Elsa") were enjoying their time in Portland in the touring Broadway musical "Frozen." But, the current health scare surrounding COVID-19 forced an end to almost everything in the arts and entertainment world, including "Frozen" after just a week's worth of performances.

The two Carolines have enjoyed their time together on tour.

"Honestly, I don't think this could have gone any better," Innerbichler said. "She and I are very kindred spirits in how we approach our work and how serious we are about our careers ... making sure we're putting our best work out there for everyone."

The story about sisters Anna and Elsa continues in "Frozen 2," as Disney+ has released it early. But, theatergoers nationwide have been enjoying "Frozen" the musical, patterned after the hit 2013 Disney movie.

"The musical digs further into the story and deeper into themes, talking about two women who couldn't be any more different, seeking their own way and seeing where they fit," Innerbichler said.

And, of course, Bowman gets to sing "Let It Go," the song made famous by Idina Menzel. In the story, Elsa comes to grips with her superpowers, and sings from the mountain top and the castle she created about her self-acceptance — "Let It Go."

"What I love about Elsa is she's representing everyone, everyone who has ever felt different or as an outsider in any way," Bowman said. "I feel like that's all human beings. We find our way in this world and where we fit. It's a big responsibility playing her, and I don't take that lightly."

Of singing the song, Bowman added: "I don't think I could get tired or bored singing it, because of the adenaline it takes to sing that song. By the end of the song I'm completely shaking, head to toe, and I usually need 5 to 10 minutes to sit and meditate, because of the energy it takes."

Condor chick

Now's the time to celebrate the little things: The Oregon Zoo recently welcomed its first California condor chick of 2020 at the Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation.

"Each new egg is critical to the California condor's comeback," said Kelli Walker, the zoo's lead condor keeper. "With only about 500 of these endangered birds in the world, every chick counts."

'The Voice'

Jacob Miller advanced from the blind auditions on the NBC reality singing competition on "The Voice." He sang Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin," which helped him land on Nick Jonas' team.

In his backstory on the show, it wasn't mentioned that Miller lives in Portland, only that he hailed from Eden, Wisconsin. But, show promoters have told the media that Miller now resides in Portland. So, we'll watch his progress.

Miller has been touring in recent years. Before the recent health scare engulfing Oregon and the country, Miller had three gigs scheduled, according to his website: Al's Den, March 23; a house show, April 5; The Governor's Cup Coffee Roasters, Salem, May 8.

Kaur rescheduled

The Voices Lecture Series appearance by activisit/filmmaker Valarie Kaur has been moved from April 1 to Sept. 9 at the Tiffany Center. For more: www.voicesinc.com.


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