Sydney Elise Russell is a dynamo. It’s not a fluke that her star wattage is red hot at such a young age. Russell impacts you from the moment she utters her first words. The good news? Russell is coming to the Los Angeles area as she takes the stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the Tony-nominated Best Musical “Frozen” portraying the young Elsa.
Russell came into our hearts in 2019 when a video of a then-eight-year-old Sydney went viral as millions watched as she danced with unabated exhilaration. From that moment, she began to fulfill her dreams of singing, acting, dancing, and writing.
As the young Elsa, Russell loves playing this role as her character has magic abilities to create and control ice and snow. It is the magic in the show that young theatergoers love. “I love that the kids get so excited, and I hear them say it’s snowing,” Russell said.
It is no secret that fans of “Frozen” know and sing every song, and Russell is keenly aware of Elsa’s legion of fans as she embraces all who love the character. “I dig deep into the character and search how I can play her better every night.” When asked to name her favorite “Frozen” song, Russell doesn’t hesitate to name “What Do You Know About Love,” which she describes as “jazzy and funky and one that makes you want to get up and dance.”
A young woman who oozes confidence beyond her years, Russell credits the tremendous support from her family as her confidence builder. She is hopeful that her portrayal of young Elsa inspires kids who come to see her. “I hope young girls will go after their dreams, never give up, and know they can change the world,” Russell said.
She is a two-time published author of the Super ME Book Series and a creator of educational skits on her YouTube channel, Super ME Kids Zone. Russell is also a fan of writing fantasy and having opportunities to create characters that have fun adventures. And if the acting weren’t enough, Russell is also an avid crafter in her spare time.
Russell appears in Disney’s “Frozen” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts through February 19. For ticket information, visit www.scfta.org.