Richland High grad lends voice to animated Disney film

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldNovember 16, 2013 

Santino Fontana, a Richland High graduate, has played a prince on Broadway this past year in the lead role of Prince Charming in Cinderella.

And soon he'll get to be another prince -- this time on the silver screen -- when the animated Disney movie Frozen opens Thanksgiving weekend.

Fontana, 31, will voice the role of Prince Hans in the story about two magical princesses whose kingdom turns to ice.

"Yes, this has been my year of the prince," he told the Herald via email Thursday. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Prince Charming.

Voicing a character for Disney's Frozen, was packed with hilarious fun too, he said.

"It's epic, looks beautiful, is hilarious, action-packed and moving," he said. "It's got something for everybody. I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Kristen Bell provides the voice for the Princess Anna and Idina Menzel voices Princess Elsa. Hans is a handsome royal from a neighboring kingdom who comes to their kingdom of Arendelle for Elsa's queen coronation, but it is Anna whom he connects with.

But when Elsa gives in to the icy magic within her and disappears from the kingdom -- which she traps in eternal winter -- Anna sets off on an epic adventure to find her.

Along the way Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his faithful reindeer Sven, and they in turn run into a snowman named Olaf created by Elsa.

"I had a blast recording for this film," Fontana said.

All's well in both the princes' kingdoms, he said. Cinderella is still going strong on Broadway and his life stays busy in the entertainment business.

Frozen premieres Nov. 27 in Los Angeles, and his parents, Ernie and Sharon Fontana of Richland, told the Herald they plan to meet their son in Los Angeles and attend the premiere with him.

"We are excited to see him as you can imagine," Ernie Fontana said.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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