Disney On Ice presents Princesses and Heroes - meet the cast
What’s On meets the cast of Disney On Ice in Dubai. Plus, win tickets to the Princesses and Heroes show taking place June 10 to 14, DWTC.
If you already know every word of Let It Go, chances are this month’s ice-based extravaganza hasn’t gone unnoticed in your household. But while Disney On Ice: Princesses And Heroes might be firmly aimed at the younger of Dubai residents, we’re reliably assured its spectacular staging and jaw-dropping stunts will keep parents enthralled too. What’s On caught up with the cast to find out what they’ve got in store.
Ryan Elizabeth Coombs
The character: Ariel, The Little Mermaid
What’s the best part of touring? Getting to experience so many different cultures and meet so many people. It’s a really great learning experience.
And the worst? There are not a lot of bad things I can say, though the hardest is being away from family, especially around the holidays. Having my ‘tour family’ with me is really helpful.
What’s your career been like so far as a skater? I’ve loved every minute of it and feel so blessed to be doing something that not only brings so much joy to others, but that also brings joy to myself.
Do you have a pre-show routine? I warm up, put on my make-up, lace up my skates and get out on the ice.
The character: Princess Anna, Frozen
What’s your favourite Disney movie? The Lion King and, of course, Frozen.
What do you think is the show’s highlight? Princesses And Heroes is a show with so much to offer for so many demographics. I think a big highlight is going to be the new Frozen segment, which gives fans an opportunity to see Anna, Elsa and Olaf live and in action.
What’s your career been like so far as a skater? It’s been a whirlwind for sure. This is my first year travelling with Disney On Ice and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off my professional skating career.
Do you have a pre-show routine? Well, I have a superstition where I like to put my left skate on first, then my right. Small superstitions are common among skaters.
David Faria Oliveira
The character: Prince Naveen, The Princess And The Frog
Is there anything you dislike about touring? I think one bad side is the lack of a kitchen. After touring, let me tell you, everyone values a home-cooked meal a lot more.
What’s your favourite Disney movie? The Princess And The Frog. It sends such a strong message about hard work and perseverance. Sometimes I look at my life and agree with its message that, with a lot of hard work, dreams really do come true.
What do you think is the show’s highlight? For the boys there’s an extensive Aladdin section, a fire-breathing dragon, and an acrobatic number that will have everyone on the edge of their seats. For the girls we have the most Disney princesses in one show. And let’s not forget our Frozen segment.
The character: Flynn Ryder, Tangled
What’s your favourite Disney movie? I’ve got four actually: The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Tangled and Frozen
What’s your career been like so far as a skater? I competed until 2007 and was part of the Canadian Junior National team before I moved on to skating with Disney On Ice. I’ve been travelling the world for six years already.
What do you think is the show’s highlight? The acrobatic act on ice, the fire-breathing dragon and the new Frozen segment.
Do you have a pre-show routine? I just like to have a good warm-up so my body feels ready to perform, then I like to do lifts with my partner to make sure that we are ready for our routine.
June 10 to 14*
Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Wed 7.30pm, Thur 3.30pm, 7.30pm, Fri 10am, 3pm, 7pm, Sat 11am, 3pm, 7pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3321000. Metro: World Trade Centre. disneyoniceme.com
* Organisers of Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes have announced an additional after-school special matinee performance on Sunday, June 14, at 3.30pm.