Friday, November 22, 2013

Disney on Ice Opens in Everett

Downtown Everett will be covered with Disney princesses this weekend as the Mouse House is in town with the new Disney on Ice production of “Rockin’ Ever After.” I was there for the opening night performance with a special little guest who is actually more into Minnie Mouse than Ariel or Belle. This worked out fine as the show is hosted by Minnie along with Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

The live princess-heavy show features characters from four of Disney’s films including The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Brave and Beauty and the Beast along with many of their beloved tunes. Disney always puts on a good show, but some “On Ice” productions are better than others. The ideal show is one where both the kids and their parents are entertained. While this show hit the mark in many ways it was also lacking in others but overall felt unfinished.

“Rockin” opens with a brief intro with the Fab Four (Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy) who seem to be auditioning for a talent show of some sort. First to audition is Pinnochio and then Cinderella’s evil stepsisters. These two bits didn’t do much for the show. Then the show moved to the “rockin’” part of the show where the sisters of Ariel (the Little Mermaid) danced to Disney-fied versions of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper songs.

The rest of the night was divided into four truncated versions of the Disney movies mentioned above. Diehard Disney fans will have trouble with the shortened stories. Arial regains her voice stolen from Ursula almost as fast as she lost it, Merida (from Brave) apparently unleashes a curse on her mother but we never know what it is (there is no mention of black bears), Rapunzel is told to stay in her tower but she leaves anyway and lives happily ever after, etc. This is all understandable as the show is only two hours long (including the intermission) and they need to cram in four movie storylines within that amount of time. Still, I’d like the think that the show would go more smoothly if it just featured one or two song numbers from each of the film and forget about the story part.

The skaters seemed to be really enjoying themselves in their multiple roles and they are very good at what they do. The best segment of the show is The Little Mermaid where the truly impressive Ariel not only skates but does aerobatic acts as well and with net I might add. Given that the creators are working with sea creatures, there are some clever touches that I wished were included in the rest of the show. For Ariel to “swim” she is aided by three “masked” male skaters and the best number of the night belonged to the “Under the Sea” song with dancing starfish, seahorses and more.

The Brave segment was also good as it focused on the three clans that visit for Merida’s hand in marriage. Each clan has its own moves and music. There is some nice firework touches here too. The best though were the costumes of Merida’s triplet brothers. They appeared pint-sized atop barrels and had way too much fun playing their parts.

For Tangled, the best was the horse costume that took two skaters to operate and the flying of the lanterns. Finally, it’s hard to beat the dancing silverware and napkins in the “Be Our Guest” part of the Beauty and the Beast segment.

Overall, the show was lacking in the props department. Rapunzel is supposed to live in a tower and though it would have been difficult, one wonders what could have been done if her hair was as long as it should be. It would have been fun to see a few buildings during the village scene for Beauty or a few more sea plants for Ariel. One could argue that the kids didn’t seem to mind – and they didn’t, but with just a little bit more, the production could have been that much more for the parents too.

Disney on Ice continues through Sunday, November 24. Performance times are:
  • 7:30 p.m. on Friday
  • 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday

The shows are being presented at the Comcast Arena located at 2000 Hewitt Aveune, Everett, 98201. Ticket prices range from $20-$72 but all seats are good seats. Kids tickets (ages 2-12) are discount priced for only $12 each on select performances (only valid on Fri 7:30pm, Sat 11:30am & 7:30pm and Sun 5:00pm shows; limit 4 kids tickets per full price ticket purchase). All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online, charge by phone at 866-332-8499 or in person at the Comcast Arena Box Office.

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

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