Disney princesses bring wishes to Everett’s rink

  • By Andrea McInnis Herald writer
  • Thursday, November 1, 2007 5:05pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Eight times in the next week, the stories of Disney’s most famous princesses will come to life on the ice of Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center.

Ariel’s curiosity will lead her to rise from the sea to find happiness and freedom on land.

Jasmine’s adventurous nature will take her beyond the village market and the crowded streets she knew as a child.

Mulan’s strength will see her through a battle, and her determination to be true to herself will bring her respect.

These stories, among others in “Disney on Ice Presents Princess Wishes,” explore the theme that despite being “princesses” in the classic sense of the word, these young ladies also have things to prove to the world, as well as dreams and wishes they will make come true, with hard work and belief in themselves.

Each character’s distinct traits, from tough to romantic and beyond, will show in the skaters’ movements as well. For example, the staff worked with a martial arts expert to learn tai chi and kung fu movements for the Mulan sequences, choreographer Cindy Stuart said in press materials.

Futhermore, the idea of being in a dream — and what’s more, showing that dreams can be followed — really comes through in the Cinderella sequence, Stuart said, as the skating for that part was specifically designed to be slow and graceful.

“The first thing that comes to mind regarding the motivation behind creating the show ‘Princess Wishes’ was the popularity of the Disney princesses,” director Patricia Vincent said. “Also, we wanted the message of ‘wishes’ to be the thread throughout the show to inspire young children around the world to believe in themselves and go after their dreams. We wanted to find a piece of music to support our message. We found a song that was perfect called, ‘If You Can Dream.’ You’ll hear the underscore as Tinkerbell transitions us (the audience) from story to story throughout the entire show.”

The performances run 2 hours long, with one 15-minute intermission, and are suitable for all ages.

A related event, the Princess Ball Benefit, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The benefit’s tickets are $125 and include a reserved ticket to the ice show. The event’s proceeds will benefit the Starlight Foundation of Washington, which provides support and activities for seriously ill children and their families. Benefit guests will be treated to dinner, will have a chance to meet someone from the show, and more.

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