‘Disney On Ice’ is back with classic characters and magical worlds

‘Disney On Ice’ is back with classic characters and magical worlds

Feld Entertainment’s action-packed ice spectacular, ‘Disney On Ice’, returns to South Africa in an all-new captivating show, entitled ‘Passport to Adventure’. This year there are more shows, more family-sized enthralling entertainment with an all-new seating plan, designed to maximise the fantasy journey.
Brought to SA by Hunta Live, the ice spectacular follows a successful 2012 season and can be seen at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from July 3 to 7 for 13 performances.

PETER TROMP chatted to ANNEKE DU PLESSIS, Communications Manager of Hunta Live about this latest incarnation of ‘Disney On Ice’.

To anyone who has not been to a ‘Disney On Ice’ show before, what can they look forward to with the experience?
‘Disney On Ice’ is the biggest family entertainment show for a reason – with upbeat music, lovable Disney characters, incredible sets and four Disney stories in one show – it caters for everyone in the family and of course, all of it happens on ice.

How will this version of ‘Disney On Ice’ differ from the one that Capetonians saw last year?
Last year’s ‘Worlds of Fantasy’ featured the likes of ‘Cars’ and ‘Toy Story’. In this year’s production of ‘Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure’, we join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Lilo & Stitch’. The audience gets to explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.

Which age group would you say the show appeals to specifically, if any?
This is definitely a show for the whole family. Although the Disney stories are generally watched by children between the ages of 3 and 10, the nature of the “live on ice” version is such that it is an experience enjoyed across the board. We often see adults without children enjoying the show and singing along to all the songs.

What does it take, logistically speaking, to put on a show of this magnitude?
It certainly is one of the biggest productions to have toured to South Africa. From setting up the production and hauling the equipment (13 trucks needed) and getting the 120 x 65 feet Ice into the arena – it requires a lot of people, planning and time.
There are over 80 people from the international travelling party, 1500 costume pieces in the show (the costumes last for 1800 shows), over 565 lighting fixtures and more than 200 sound effects on the soundtrack. From award winning Choreographers, Costume designers, Lighting Designers to Production Designers – everyone works together to create an overall look and feel, but with specific styles for each story within the show.

Finally, what’s your favourite part of the show?
Everyone has their favourite character in the show. I personally love watching the audience’s reaction during the show, because there are plenty of jaw-dropping scenes. The children are absolutely enchanted throughout and everyone has a smile on their face throughout.

* For more information, visit www.disneyonice.com, or www.disneyonice.co.za.