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This is the story of how skater Matthew McLean portrays Disney’s most handsome of princes.
Well, not exactly. The Feld entertainer is just one of more than 50 Disney stars celebrating Mickey and friends in Albany next week.
Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the celebration of the century at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic coming to the Albany Times Union Center, from Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 13 to 16.
This production features more than 50 unforgettable Disney stars, a sing-along score of melodious masterpieces, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes and intricate sets. Audiences will travel to the heart of Africa with Disney’s The Lion King, come along for an adventure in friendship with the gang from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and watch in amazement as Belle breaks the Beast’s curse in the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Fans will enter the magical kingdom of Arendelle from Disney’s Frozen and journey up the North Mountain with hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff, as they help royal sisters Anna and Elsa discover that true love conquers all.
Also in the storyline is the fun, romantic exchange between Rapunzel and her rogue counterpart Flynn Rider. McLean, a Feld Entertainment veteran, has portrayed many of Disney’s characters. This go around the rink, he gets to be a crowd favorite.
“I just think that he’s just relatable,” said McLean. “He has an air about him. He’s confident and firm. He’s quite a character, which makes it fun for me to portray. Plus, the friendly banter between the two is really relatable. They are quite comical.”
To put together a captivating show with a cavalcade of Disney characters, the father-daughter producing duo of Kenneth Feld and Nicole Feld called on the best and brightest in the business. With Director Patty Vincent leading the way and a creative team of choreographers and designers, Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is sure to be a timeless favorite among all Disney fans.
“This particular production is by far the largest Disney On Ice show we currently have touring bringing together everyone’s favorite Disney characters from Snow White, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to Elsa and Anna,” said Nicole Feld. “Our vision is for audiences everywhere to dance and sing along to their favorite Disney songs, so we’ve included 30 tunes that they know and love.”
This year’s Disney On Ice production celebrates the diversity, inspiration and excitement of characters from 14 Disney stories. Audiences will find themselves dancing out of their seats as a collection of Disney melodies like “Hakuna Matata,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “Let It Go” fills the arena.” Fans can rock out with Squirt and his rambunctious turtle friends from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory with the original song “Turtle Rock,” and fall in love with a musical montage of dazzling prince and princess pairs skating to “At Last I See the Light,” “A Whole New World” and more.
“This is a show, more than any other, that is truly for everybody,” said Kenneth Feld. “When I sit with the audience, I see those that are grandparents, like I am, enjoying a lot of the classic Disney stories, while young kids and young parents really respond to modern-day favorites like Frozen.”
With just about the whole catalogue of Disney characters featured on this ice during this tour, you may be surprised to learn who Flynn Rider would like to be.
“I wish I got to experience being Goofy for a day,” said McLean. “He’s busy hanging out in the Magic Kingdom with Donald and Mickey. So, I’ll have to give him a wave when I’m Flynn.”
Show times are Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit DisneyOnIce.com for tickets. Tickets also available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at the Times Union Center Box Office.
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience and Jurassic World Live (coming Fall 2019). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.