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Saturday, April 19, 2014
A 'Treasure Trove' of Disney favorites on ice
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Simba and Nala and their friends join in the Circle of Life in a dramatic sequence from “The Lion King.”
You’ll get a sense of that from the moment the show opens, which involves a new element never before seen in a Disney on Ice production: a warm-up involving the skaters prepping for their performance. Before the action begins, audiences have the opportunity to get a taste of what the skaters do to prepare themselves for every show.
The Incredibles lead a warm-up routine that will have everyone up on their feet. Audiences stretch with Mrs. Incredible, run in place with Dash, pump iron with Mr. Incredible, and work up some extra energy with Violet. The short warm-up routine promotes keeping kids active, while also allowing them to participate in the show.
“It’s so important for us to have interaction with our audiences,” said Vincent. “We don’t want the audience to be just staring at the ice. The intro explores how skaters prepare for a show and also gets everyone involved in the show’s energy and promotes fitness. I’m amazed at how many get up and run in place and wave their arms in the air and really get involved. We’ve included upbeat music to get everyone excited, and who better than The Incredibles to start things off?”
From there, Mickey and Minnie glide onto the ice and find a chest full of iconic props and those beloved films start to come alive. You’ll hear the ticking of the White Rabbit’s watch and it’s off to that magical world of “Alice in Wonderland.” Those memorable characters – Tweedledee, Tweedledum, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice – set the tone for this show with their big, colorful production number, the March of the Cards.
During this segment in Wonderland, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the White Rabbit are “Painting the Roses Red” for the Queen of Hearts. The Queen beckons forth her army of cards in an illusion constructed by Choreographer Cindy Stuart. “We have a complete set of cards that are two-faced, which made choreographing this number really unique. I tried to trick the eye of the audience by having the cards skate in all directions. The crowd will have to figure out whether the performers are skating forwards or backwards,” said Stuart.
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