Whatever your age, chances are you have a favorite Disney character. And chances are that character will skate back into your heart during one of six performances at James Brown Arena beginning Thursday, Nov. 17.
Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic will celebrate many of Disney’s best-loved films and characters.
Mulan, Pinocchio, the Disney princesses, Toy Story … they’ll all be there, dancing across the ice.
“It’s a huge variety show,” cast member Laura Stern said. She will play several characters as a member of the ensemble.
Disney mascot Mickey Mouse, along with his lady, Minnie, will narrate the action, moving the show from one beloved Disney moment to the next.
Some numbers represent attractions at Disney World, such as the interactive It’s A Small World. Others represent scenes from Disney films.
Stern said the Mulan number is her favorite, both to watch and to perform.
The intricate choreography made it fun to be a part of. She plays a Hun, one of the band of enemies who are going to fight the Chinese.
“It’s a lot of fun to be the opposite of what you are. We’re the bad guys,” she said.
More than 60 characters are portrayed by 49 actors, who are as diverse as the characters they portray.
“We have people from all over the world in this show,” Stern said.
Many, like Stern, have been ice skating since they were children.
She has been a competitive figure skater since age 6, and then studied theater arts in college. Performing with Disney on Ice seemed to be the perfect job to put her two interests together.
Her greatest challenge in performing with the show has been learning to live out of a suitcase, but it’s also her greatest reward. She enjoys exploring the cities she performs in. And she loves seeing the audience, she said.
“A lot of the kids dress up. That’s my favorite part of touring and doing this show, is seeing them get so excited,” she said.
She wants people to know that Disney on Ice isn’t just about princesses.
Boys come dressed as their favorite Disney characters, as well.
“It’s a very exciting show and it’s for anyone that loves Disney,” she said.