Character Study: FROZEN star Andrew Pirozzi Transforms Into Reindeer Sidekick Sven


(gentle music) (cars honking)
(whistles blowing) – My name is Andrew Pirozzi, I play Sven in “Frozen”. Sven is Kristoff’s trusty best friend. The most lovable, yet intuitive character
that is on this journey, for Anna’s sake, to find her sister. Sven is reliable, he knows the way. He has intuitions and
sensitivities to the environment that humans don’t necessarily have. Sven is also just a lovable reindeer. You’re automatically drawn to his charm. I prepared for playing Sven
by studying my dog, Bella. She is a 95 pound Great Dane, pit mix. She’s intuitive and she’s always connected and always staring at me, waiting for whatever may come next. And so I try to capture that essence and take on that physicality. Animals are always present. To prepare for a show, mentally, I generally like to meditate. I like to get as present as possible. By getting into the
costumes, there’s layers, layer after layer. So the first layer is to help
reduce the amount of sweat, that’s like a set of tights. And a dry shirt. And we go through two of
those a show, by the way. The next part is padding. Our knees are padded,
elbows are padded, and arms. I have to do about 40 to 45 minutes of everything from cardio all the way through like
a full exercise series from isometrics and then
balancing and core work. Just wanna make sure all the pistons are firing at top notch. I cannot feel what Sven
actually feels on the outside, however, in order to keep Sven alive, it’s important that it
looks like that is the case. To prepare for that, I
have balls everywhere. And it’s all about reaction. So I’ll bounce the ball and catch it. Stress balls. Anything that essentially gets my reaction to fire as quick as
possible, that helps me stay as aware as possible
inside the puppet. (whimsical music) We have shanks on our feet. And the shanks are
essentially Sven’s hooves. And those are a separate piece than the actual external
layer, which is the final part. A plate on our back to help
counter the puppet head. Then we have the carapace,
which is the body of Sven. And then we have the gloves. And then we have the head. And front hooves, that’s
actually the last possible thing to go on our body, because
we lose access to our hands. Okay, everything’s functioning properly. I’m ready for the show, and go, go, go. On stage, Sven looks like a real reindeer, which is interesting,
because a lot of times you can see the puppeteer or the actor. Here we have a situation
where nobody understands that there’s a human in there. Ad I think that’s wonderful
for the imagination. Michael Curry, who designed the puppet, designed it with the
implication that we can completely trick the mind to believe that there’s an animal on stage. The best thing about my job? There’s this escape
moment inside the puppet where I transcend the physicality of it. And then there’s this moment when you can hear people’s reactions and I can only see sort
of the first two rows. What you see in people’s
eyes and what you can hear in their breath is pretty amazing. And so for me, that’s the fun part. Feeling the effect that I
can have on the audience and they don’t even see who I am. I think that’s what’s pretty impressive and amazing about it, for me. (whimsical music)

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70 thoughts on “Character Study: FROZEN star Andrew Pirozzi Transforms Into Reindeer Sidekick Sven”

  1. Charlize Brennan says:

    That was by far one of the most interesting character studies so far

  2. Les Little Einsteins says:


  3. Rebecca Joyner says:

    This is Absolutely Awesome! I was blown away with this character when I first saw the show this year! Michael Curry did an outstanding job!

  4. Jeahav Valentin says:

    I love ❤ NY

  5. Quentin Salgado says:

    So cool and interesting! I saw Frozen back in April and was mystified by how the got Sphen to work. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. Linda Buck says:

    Now THATS TALENT!!! All his preparations to even GET into costume wow! And he totally embraces his role which is awesome. Oh, and he’s kinda handsome which doesn’t bother me lol. Dear and company: THANK YOU 🙏🏻 so much for all you do to share this it means the WORLD to us who can’t get there. YET! We dream too… we so love each and every one of you! And I wish Leslie and company’s ‘scare’ tactics were in every video of newcomers lol that sax!!!👏👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Alyssa's Theatre Vlog says:

    I would love to know what the audition process is like for Sven. Obviously you have to be an amazing physical actor but like ?? do you just walk in the room and act like a reindeer ? I'm so curious!!

  8. sophie belkin says:

    I go to his former dance studio! We have a signed frozen poster from him inside one of the studios so cool!

  9. Sem R. says:

    Why is he literally Flynn Rider in the beginning??

  10. mechaguess says:

    Omg he’s literally on his toes the entire show no wonder he does so much warm up. I can’t imagine how many muscles in his body that he has to use everyday that I barely even know are in mine.

  11. Jess Edwards says:

    Why is he the real Flynn Ryder?

  12. Jester says:

    Why is no one talking about the fact that he is very attractive?!

  13. Lauren Conrad says:

    I saw on the Frozen website that they have two actors alternate the part. That’s when I knew that this must be the most physically demanding role imaginable, if they’re hiring two male dancers to play him on alternate nights.

  14. Chevie says:

    THIS IS JUST SO NEAT !!!!!!!

  15. BookDuchess says:

    My whole body hurts just watching this.

  16. Yes Maybe says:

    Hes the king furry🤷🏼‍♀️

  17. bluefox99887 says:

    This is SO COOL!

  18. Michael Laughlin says:


  19. TheCK3000 says:

    Yeah, but like… how does the puppet work? It blinks and nods and twitches its ears… I know that's not the purpose of this video – this actor does an impressively tremendous amount of work for this role and that's what this is about – but *how does the puppet work???*

  20. Alex B says:

    This is my favourite character study yet, and that's saying something because I love them all. He's so right about you thinking that's a real reindeer. What a beautiful designed puppet, skillfully utilized by the member playing Sven!! MAGIC.

  21. Genna Imogen says:

    The physicality Andrew and Adam have to play this character is so incredibly impressive, thank you so much for this video showing the process! I've been following this show since it opened on Broadway and only from this video did I realise/learn he's on his toes the whole time!

  22. Jedd the Jedi says:

    Poor man planking and like needing to move around while planking

  23. coastertron says:

    Is he operating the ears etc too or is that someone else?

  24. KingdomHeartsFan3211 says:

    I tell you, the first time I saw "Frozen", when Sven and Kristoff came onstage, I was like, "Sven reminds me of the giraffes in 'The Lion King'," and my mind was pretty much blown. Kudos to Michael Curry!

  25. Not Carlie says:

    Padded for the gods lol

  26. Annabeth Elston says:


  27. Isabella says:

    How does he move inside it? Is he on all fours? How does he make the reindeer walk? I'm confused as to what position he's in when he makes the reindeer walk

  28. Rebecca Gumpel says:

    Go Andrew! Hillsborough is proud of you!

  29. Louis Riehm says:

    Very interesting. Too bad Andrew's beauty is concealed, but his talent certainly isn't.

  30. Mackenzie Costanzo says:

    Imagine paying thousands of dollars to go to acting school, finally getting your big break on Broadway, and then playing a fucking reindeer.

  31. Christina Swan says:

    WHy Is iT sO HOt DoWN HeRE?!

  32. Jessica Lamoureux says:

    did nobody else see the call me by your name book 👀

  33. nicks world of mystical wonders says:

    Please do character study Cameron pow in the lion king.

  34. Alyssa Elizabeth Lyn says:

    okay this is officially the beSt character study yet…SO COOL!

  35. Rachel Calos says:

    I would pass out within the first two songs

  36. Mallory Norton says:

    Why is he literally Flynn Rider at the start

  37. itsannachloem says:

    I love how he keeps saying 'our' and 'we have' instead of 'my' and 'I have'. He has so much respect for the character and the shared experience they have on and off stage. So amazing to watch!

  38. Silly Cyl says:

    I love this!!!

  39. haziq says:

    That's physically and mentally hard to do. WELL DONE!

  40. marcus latino says:

    Wow very nice and impressive

  41. Kelly DeBardelaben says:

    I wonder who controls his eyes and ears 🙂

  42. sarah's theatre life! says:

    this is amazing! i would probably die from doing this for 5 minutes one time in my life! lmao😂

  43. rowelle says:

    It sucks that even at curtain call, the audience doesn’t get to see his face at least. I feel like he doesn’t get recognition at all.

  44. HappySlayer81 says:

    No wonder he's in such good shape, that must be exhausting.

  45. Annaliese says:

    Eugene Fitzherbert Disneybounding at the beginning I see

  46. Gavin Campbell says:

    That’s awesome

  47. Erik Ahl says:

    I totally understand that kick you get from the first audience reactions when you enter a stage! I played Heihei in a danceshow of Moana this spring and even though the music was very loud I could still hear the reactions from the audience when I first appeared! I LOVED it!

  48. Angela Kortright-Calo says:

    Wow this is amazing!

  49. AyaBlue22 says:

    This looks as though it requires a great deal of discipline. I love to see videos like this that delve into the rigors of performance that many people don’t often see, or appreciate.

    One thing I don’t understand is why he gets dressed first to exercise (and get pretty sweaty) before performing, why not exercise first then shower/change into his wardrobe? I can’t imagine that would be an easy costume to clean.

  50. Bryce Fletch says:

    Holy crap. This is amazing. I now want to see this show just to see the puppetry work of Sven

  51. Tucker Hawkey says:

    I hope we see a character study of Ryann Redmond as Olaf

  52. Angelica Schuyler says:

    If Jonathan Groff, a Broadway actor, doesn't eventually play Christoff, a character he originated, I will explode.

  53. brooke cherie says:

    He is legit Flynn Ryder in the beginning lol

  54. Robin Sigari says:

    Very interesting. Thank you for posting this.

  55. to be a lost wanderer says:


  56. Heyit'smec says:

    The fact that the sexiest person alive has been inside a deer puppet and we had no idea

  57. Alan Day says:

    You should have just went with a 'lovably reindeer.'

  58. Grace St. Jean says:

    I’m playing Sven at my local theater and I’m so excited (and nervous). My costume is gonna be sort of like this except my legs are the front legs and my back legs are just fake legs on wheels

  59. ¡Arabella L! says:

    this kinda shows how theatre is a lot more than just singing cute little songs and having everything done for you

  60. Julianne Garcia says:

    Very beautiful scenic design and costuming

  61. Callum Doherty says:

    That is quite possibly the cleverest Broadway costume I’ve ever seen.

  62. SuidAfrikaMitsu says:

    Flynn Ryder is playing Sven? Hmmm interesting.

  63. Sophie’s vlog Channel says:

    Woah 😨 I never knew you could play an animal in a musical. Nice 👍🏻 xx

  64. A_normal_ Person says:

    My goodness, I could never do what this guy does, even though he’s playing a underrated role, to be in a reindeer costume with all that weight sounds hard af!

  65. Masa Zokaei says:

    This is amazing. This guy and the other actor playing this character deserve so much recognition and PAY for this hard work. Wow 🤩

  66. Sym says:

    someone please tell him that I love his dog

  67. BitterasFk says:

    T H I C C

  68. Mica Mendoza Tevez says:

    Sven is such a hottie

  69. Edgar Filho says:

    Terrific! This actor is excellent because Sven is real on the stage.Besides that, it´s not easy to perform in that position.Congratualtions!!!!

  70. Liliana Clark says:

    who knew sven was so sexy

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