As the calendar turns to November, it’s time for another ice extravaganza from the Disney folks to find its way to Nassau Coliseum. This season’s production is a “one colossal party on ice,” according to the Disney on Ice team, involving everyone’s beloved Disney pals.
Let’s Celebrate!, which opens Tuesday, Nov. 5, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 10, features 50 characters from 16 Disney stories, including Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, from Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Princess and the Frog.” Audiences will enjoy a compilation of favorite holidays and celebrations, with Mickey Mouse and friends — a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with Princess Tiana; a Very Merry UnBirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Jack Skellington’s frightfully festive Halloween party with the Disney Villains; and a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch.
Drawing upon their own holiday experiences for research, the production’s creative team envisioned a show with an abundance of colors, warmth and spirit to evoke the pleasant memories of the holidays for families.
“At the beginning of the show we invite everyone to ‘Be Our Guest,’ and we want the audience to feel like they are participating in the show, not that they are merely watching it,” said director Patty Vincent. “The audience gets to be a part of what we experience on the ice — they’ll feel like they went trick or treating with Mickey and spent Valentine’s Day with the Disney princesses.”
“Let’s Celebrate! is all about experiencing the holidays through the eyes of the Disney characters. We have a variety of celebrations from all over the world,” Vincent added. “With Mickey’s Digital Global Destinator, we are able to travel to far-off places like China for the Chinese New Year and to Brazil for Carnival.”
This show is unlike other Disney on Ice productions in that it does not restage the Disney stories; it’s completely original, with music that is contemporary and modern.