November 15, 2011

Disney On Ice: "Dare To Dream"

On Saturday, I drove over to Nassau Coliseum to see this year's performance of Disney On Ice. This time around, the show's theme is "Dare To Dream" and it features three stories, the first of which is "The Princess and the Frog."

After a few obligatory announcements, the coliseum lights go dim and the arena is immediately filled with sounds of hot New Orleans Jazz and visions of Mardi Gras masquerades. The bright glow of the spotlights glistens upon the smooth surface of the ice giving the place a magical aura. We soon meet waitress/aspiring chef Tiana and the misguided Prince Naveen of Macedonia. After being treated to the classic "frog-kissing" scene, the audience is plunged into a land of trumpet-blowing gators, cajun fireflies, and the soulful voodoo priestess Mama Odie. It is all very imaginative and energetic. The music from this part of the show had me humming the melody of "When the Saint Come Marching In" for the rest of the night.

The next dream to unfold takes the audience on a journey into a world of dress-making mice, royal galas, glass slippers, fairy godmothers, and pumpkin-shaped carriages--it is the story of "Cinderella." While the charm of our overworked and under-appreciated protagonist sparkles on the ice, it is the comeuppance of her two bungling step-sisters, Anastasia and Drizella, that really makes this part of the show fun to watch.

The show's last piece begins in a tall tower where we hear the story of "Tangled." The audience goes along for the adventure as the magic-haired Rapunzel runs away with the dashing Flynn Rider to see the yearly sky lanterns. One of the most enchanting moments comes when our two main characters fly high above the ice on shimmering yellow ribbons. Later, the lanterns drop down from the coliseum ceiling illuminating the scene like constellations in an evening sky. The atmosphere is beautiful and uplifting. The show concludes with a grand finale as all of the Disney characters emerge from the castle and skate to an electrifying finish. These Disney On Ice performances leave me feeling delighted year after year. I'm always so glad to go...

"A merry heart
maketh a cheerful countenance:
but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."

~Proverbs 15:13