Friday, January 6, 2012

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic–Coming to the XL Center in Hartford, CT Jan. 12-16th



I am so excited, as next Thursday we will be taking Savannah to see her very first Disney on Ice show.  I remember my parents taking me to see these ice shows as a kid, and how much fun I had watching all the characters come to life and skate around the rink.  So, now that I am a mom, I am trying to share with my daughter traditions, as well as recreate memories of my childhood with her and her little sister.

Stay tuned next Friday when I will share photos and my thoughts on Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic, which is coming to the Hartford, CT XL Center, as part of their US tour for 2012.



A One-of-a-Kind Skating Spectacular Features More Than 60 Disney Stars Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from Disney’s Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, and Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, take to the ice while Stitch from Lilo & Stitch drops in to wreak his usual havoc during this grand celebration in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes. With Mickey and Minnie leading the fun, audiences enjoy breathtaking production numbers choreographed by Emmy Award®-winner Sarah Kawahara.  Kawahara previously worked with Michelle Kwan and choreographed the skating segment for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Complementing Kawahara’s fabulous skate sequences are the memorable tunes compiled by music directors Art Kempel and Stan Beard that bring the wonderful memories of Disney to life on ice. Scenic Designer David Potts and Lighting Designer LeRoy Bennett create the mood and settings that showcase extraordinary Disney moments. Outfitting this cast of more than 60 characters was the challenge facing Costume Designer Scott Lane. His dazzling designs range from Mickey’s Marching Band, to the “It’s a Small World” dolls, to the stars of Mulan andFinding Nemo. The bright colors and minimal structure in the Nemo costumes allow the characters to move freely in order to mimic the natural movement in water.  Renowned designer Bob Mackie also lends his talents to a red sequined evening gown worn by Minnie. Scenic Designer David Potts, who has worked on numerous Broadway productions, creates a theatrical atmosphere on ice. Skaters weave around and enliven the “It’s a Small World” sequence amidst sparkling floats that turn into a radiant light parade; a blanket of snow and an avalanche fall as Mulan battles the Huns; and a giant present is opened to reveal Buzz Lightyear as he’s first introduced to that favorite toy cowboy, Woody and his pal Jessie.

Disclosure:  I was given tickets to this show in order to write up an honest review on the Opening Night performance.  The views above are mine and mine alone.