Thursday, November 7, 2013

Local Talent Featured in Disney on Ice

Kristin Cowan of Spokane plays Ariel
in Disney on Ice
Photo: Disney

FROM EXAMINER.COM

Disney on Ice is coming back to the Northwest and they brought with them a few friends. “Rockin’ Ever After” will be presented in Kent and Everett in the coming weeks and will feature four of the Disney princesses: Merida from “Brave,” Rapunzel from “Tangled,” Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” played by Kristin Cowan from Spokane.

Kristin Cowan started skating when she was just five years old. The Spokane, Wash. native was introduced to the ice at an early age by her hockey-playing grandfather and uncle, but it was her mother who inspired her to start skating. “My mother skated with the Ice Capades, and it always looked like so much fun,” she says. “She took me skating as a toddler, and I loved it.” 

Cowan describes her style as balletic, lyrical, and classical. “I love the energy and the adrenaline rush of performing,” she says. “I love seeing the audience enjoying the performance.”

Cowan is joined by Tacoma’s own Alexander Moss. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to tour the world and make friends from all over,” said Alexander Moss to the Tacoma News Tribune last year regarding the national tour of “Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream.” “When you’re in entertainment, there’s nothing like it. It’s hard to call it a job; it’s more like a paid vacation.” That’s saying a lot since this troupe travels the country 50 weeks a year!

If you’ve never seen a Disney on Ice show, it’s a big production. It takes 15 trucks and four buses to transport the cast, crew, staff and props across the estimated 12,270 miles for this year’s show. The cast features 18 men and 21 women all between the ages of 18 and 45 performing in 34 different cities. It takes over 350 yards of fabric to make all 180 costumes for the show. These will be used for the ten “place settings” in for the Beauty and the Beast piece and the 23 sea creatures living “Under the Sea” with Arial.

Though aimed for children, the skaters are impressive and the music is catchy, so mom and dad will enjoy the show as well. The show will feature familiar Disney music from the movies, but with a “rockin remix.” Each performance will be introduced by the “Fab Four” – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.

Performances for “Rockin’ Ever After” will begin in Kent from November 13-18 at the ShoWare Center before moving up north at Comcast Arena in Everett November 21-24. Performance times vary each day with some afternoon showings. Tickets range from the $12 children’s seats (select performances) to the $72 floor seats. Sure, the closer you can get to the action, the better, but every seat should give you a good view.


ShoWare Center is located at 625 W. James St. in Kent and tickets may be purchased online, charged by phone at 866.973.9613 or in person at the box office. The Comcast Arena is located at 2000 Hewitt Avenue in Everett. Tickets there call also be purchased online, charged by phone at 866.332.8499 or in person at the box office. 

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