Just FYI, I was given tickets for my family and I to enjoy Disney On Ice, however, all opinions and experiences are my own and I have not been paid for this review.
Last night, I was surrounded by little Buzz Lightyear, Minnie Mouse, Little Mermaid, Princess Jasmine and Peter Pan lookalikes. My senses were overwhelmed by the aroma of popcorn and fairy floss and the flashing of twirling glowsticks.
The air was electric with excitement as the mini-princesses and superheroes entered the Perth Arena because the day had finally arrived: It was time for Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove.
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck opened the show (much to the delight to Baby G, who was wearing the exact same dress as Minnie) and were followed by more than 50 Disney characters from 8 different movies. Even Miss M, who is skirting close to the “too cool for Disney” line, was awe-struck and found herself singing and clapping along.
I asked the kids what their best parts were. Baby G was transfixed with Tinkerbell, who came flying in, sprinkling pixie dust and saved Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys from Captain Hook and his Pirate Crew.
Miss M adored the Lion King act because the skating was breath-taking and the costumes were very clever. I have to concur, and add that the set and costumes for the Little Mermaid act were unbelievably clever, too.
Little Man loved the Toy Story act – especially Buzz Lightyear speeding across the ice. He, of course, adored the Hakuna Matata part of the Lion King act because, well, what little boy doesn’t love a good fart joke?
There was so much more to it, from Alice in wonderland and the scary Queen of Hearts and her incredible set of cards (those costumes were crazy brilliant) to Aladdin (which featured a gasp-eliciting carpet ride) and more, this show was everything I was hoping for and more. The kids adored it and I have a sneaking suspicion that the adults in the audience may not have been there begrudgingly. I certainly was more than entertained.
I had a little look behind the scenes, to learn a little more about what goes into a production like this and found it fascinating, so I’ll share a little secret backstage info with you.
To create this enchanting voyage on ice and as a first for the company, producers, sisters Nicole Feld and Juliette Feld, led a creative team of industry experts, consisting of Director Patty Vincent, Choreographer Cindy Stuart, Production Designer James Youmans and Costume Designer Dawna Oak.
Bringing such a wide variety of Disney animated features to life presented an interesting set of challenges for the show’s creative team. “We went through our entire portfolio of Disney On Ice shows, trying to bring something very different to audiences,” Producer Nicole Feld comments. “We wanted to pick action-packed stories that really resonated not only with kids today, but with their parents as well,” she says.
To keep up with the fast pace of transitioning through so many of Disney’s treasured tales, Production Designer James Youmans had to create a versatile set, that could be quickly modified and transformed for different scenes. “The set consists of several pieces that detach from one another, and in being able to rotate the set, we can convert Captain Hook’s pirate ship into an enchanted castle,” says James.
As for the show’s, choreographer, Feld chose Cindy Stuart, as she has a wealth of experience after several years working across multiple Disney On Ice productions, as well her various collaborations with Olympic Gold Medalist Robin Cousins.
“With the variety of stories in this show it gave us the potential to create a different style of movement for each”, shared Cindy. “We have the card guards that have a very military- inspired routine, Peter Pan and all the pirates have big energy and swashbuckling movement, whereas the Disney Princesses bring an elegance and softness to the choreography”, says Cindy.
All that hard work certainly paid off, if the grins and wonder on the kids’ faces counts for anything. We left the Perth Arena and sang and danced all the way to the car, surrounded by equally enchanted families, doing the same. I really do need to take the time to compliment the staff at the Perth Arena, who treated the kids like the magical characters they were dressed up as. They were friendly, accommodating and made the experience easy and stress-free.
Now, I’d be a very spiteful person if I told you about this beautiful experience and didn’t offer you a piece of the pie. Of course, I’m throwing some Disney On Ice goodies your way! By random draw, I’ll select a blog commenter to receive a Pack full of Disney On Ice merchandise, so please take the time to comment and let me know what you love aboutut Disney.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove is opening in Perth on 29 May and travels to Adelaide, Wollongong, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney until 13 July. For tour dates and further information on Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove, visit www.disneyonice.com.au. Purchase tickets from Ticketek: 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice. Tickets start from just $29.50. Additional discounts apply.
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