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Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown!
Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Inspirational Disney Tales and the Princesses that Made them Possible
Believing is just the beginning when dreamers around the country witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.
Enter a world where adventure awaits and courage leads the way, as Tinker Bell guides guests to a place where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand.
“Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s leading ladies so unique,” said Producer Kenneth Feld. “Having three daughters, it didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each one had a dream and the determination to make it a reality. We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these courageous young women and the friends that helped them along the way.”
Guests will also enjoy a special second act including royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Audiences will enter the land of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover true love can conquer all. “Being able to include these new and exciting characters from the Academy Award®-winning tale, Frozen, keeps our shows current and ever evolving,” adds Feld.
Adapting the inspirational moments to the ice presented an interesting challenge to the creative team. To cause audiences to re-experience the emotions evoked by the films would take glittering sets, dramatic lighting, breathtaking choreography and a few surprises. Each member of the creative team approached this challenge with their own unique perspective.
For Director Patty Vincent, it was about realizing her goal for the overall vision of the show. “My favorite part of this entire experience was actually piecing it together from my original dream,” she noted. “Starting with a blank piece of paper then gathering ideas, finding music, working out the choreography and costumes – I really loved creating it from scratch. One of the most perfect moments for me was when I found the song “If You Can Dream” on the Disney Wishes album. It just embodies the wishful and inspirational tone of the show. There’s nothing like seeing ideas that start with your imagination become something real – it’s an incredible experience.” An example of this creative process is evident in Vincent’s favorite part of the show. “I love the ‘Under the Sea’ production number because I was able to combine bubbling special effects with the most fantastic costumes and high-energy skating. The scene is even more fun than I imagined it would be.”
Recognizing the timeless nature of the stories, Creative Director Jerry Bilik sought a cast whose talent would make the stories relatable and inspiring. “To me, the most exciting part of the show is really the cast,” Bilik said. “These exceptional performers help translate the stories to the ice magnificently. Their portrayal of the princesses and princes sweeps the audience away because they capture the essence of the characters’ hopes, dreams and heroism.”
For Costume Designer Ilona Somogyi, this experience was similar to her work on costumes for the hit Broadway production Spamalot, where she also used a very well-known film with many beloved characters as her primary resource. For Disney On Ice presents Dream Big, she sought inspiration from the original films and some other, more unusual, places. “In addition to the films, specific scenes also had their own sources of inspiration,” Somogyi said. “For the Cinderella ball, Fabergé eggs were the basis for the full-flowing waltz gowns. My underlying inspiration was the little girls who go to the shows dressed as their favorite Disney Princess. Seeing them made me nostalgic and took me back to what dazzled me as a little girl.”
Choreographer Cindy Stuart focused on crafting numbers that highlighted the unique story of each character. For example, in the Aladdin segment, there is a busy, fast-paced opening scene in the marketplace where Aladdin is being chased by the guards. Then when he meets Jasmine, the scene gives way to a dreamy, magical escape from reality in “A Whole New World.”
Set Designer Robert Little’s goal was to create a set that would be as beautiful and surprising as the princesses themselves but flexible enough to allow the telling of so many classic stories. The core setting is a cascading, multi-tier waterfall with actual flowing water. With a little pixie dust, Tinker Bell magically transforms the set into a different backdrop for each story. “We had this idea early on about dreams and the types of places where you’d be compelled to dream, and we hit upon the waterfall,” said Little. “Like Snow White, who wouldn’t be inspired to wish for their dreams to come true in such a beautiful, magical place in the woods?” Little also had a hand in crafting the dragon from Sleeping Beauty, one of the most exciting and dramatic elements of the show. “The effect is truly magnificent – and there’s a thrilling surprise in store for the audience that will really ignite their interests and the ice itself.”
In this, his fifth ice show credit, Emmy® Award-winning Lighting Designer Peter Morse sought to complement the set design with the appropriate lighting that would transition smoothly between the stories. For instance, Morse used leafy designs of greens and sepia tones to establish the forest where Snow White wishes by a well. He also recreates the night when Cinderella’s dreams come true with bursts of bright white stars. “When telling nine distinct stories, it’s important to be able to create a new environment to set the stage for each tale,” said Morse. “Robert Little did this with the transformable set, and it was my mission to fill the rest of the ice with radiant lighting that would place the audience in the heart of these stories.”
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big invites audiences to come along as Tinker Bell shows them the timeless tales of inspiring princesses and the friends that helped make their dreams come true, including the story of sisterly love between Anna and Elsa. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.
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