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January 22, 2007 12:55 ET

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic Visits Scotiabank Place March 21 to 25

The Ice Surface Shimmers as Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic A One-of-a-Kind Skating Spectacular Welcomes Special Guests from Disney presents Pixar's Finding Nemo and The Incredibles

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - Scotiabank Place announced today that Mickey, Minnie and their friends from Disney's Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, as well as special guests from Disney presents Pixar's The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, will visit Ottawa from March 21 to 25. The event will feature nine shows with this years theme of Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., this fanfare production features a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, first-rate choreography, elaborate, eye-dazzling sets and beautiful costumes.

With Mickey and Minnie as their hosts, audiences enjoy breathtaking pair skating, moving solos and tremendous production numbers choreographed by Emmy® Award-winner Sarah Kawahara. Kawahara previously worked with Michelle Kwan and choreographed the skating segment in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2002 Olympics. Complementing Kawahara's fabulous skate sequences are the memorable tunes by music directors Art Kempel and Stan Beard that bring the wonderful memories of Disney to life on ice. Scenic Designer David Potts and Lighting Designer LeRoy Bennett create the illusion that showcases Disney's extraordinary moments from both theme park attractions like "it's a small world", and animated features such as Disney's The Lion King, Mulan, Pinocchio and Aladdin.

The creative imagination behind the transformation from ice rink to ice spectacular is designer David Potts, whose work has been seen in numerous Broadway productions, feature films and television series. To begin creating his vision for this production, Potts chose the castle as the one image that would "transcend the years and become the show's unifying theme." Standing 38 feet at its highest point and weighs in excess of 20,000 pounds, the show's castle is an impressive structure of detail and light that truly succeeds as a centerpiece in the fantasy adventure story.

Scenic sensations appear from start to finish. Potts has designed breathtaking floats and more than 100 scenic elements. The infamous Monstro, the whale from Pinocchio, also makes an appearance. The 36-foot-long creature is 12-feet wide and has a series of 14 custom-made arches that allow it to slither across the ice floor. Other notable sets include: Geppetto's Workshop comes to life with 20 animated toys on the shop's shelves. In the "It's a Small World" segment, motorized floats collectively represent Asia, Europe, Russia and Central America with vibrant colors and music from many diverse cities and countries ranging from India to Ireland. The floats, equipped with hydraulics, are electronically controlled and adorned with more than 33 intricately detailed moving dolls. The finale of the first act will leave audiences breathless, with a light parade representing countries the world over.

But the set magic doesn't end there. The chilling cold of winter is felt as snow falls during Mulan's battle with the Huns in a dramatic, elaborately choreographed scene. The African savannah is imaginatively recreated as everyone's favorite sidekicks, Timon and Pumbaa, delight audiences with their wacky antics and unique sense of adventure.

Outfitting this cast of more than 60 characters was the challenge facing Costume Designer Scott Lane. His dazzling designs range from Mickey's Marching Band, to the "it's a small world" dolls, to the stars of Mulan and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. The bright colors and minimal structure in the Nemo costumes allow the characters to move freely in order to mimic the natural movement in water. In what could be called a Special Guest costume design appearance, Bob Mackie lends his talents to a red sequined evening gown worn by Minnie Mouse. The ensemble - of course - includes Minnie's signature bow.

Scenic Designer David Potts, who has worked on numerous Broadway productions, creates the taste of theater on ice. Skaters weave around and enliven the "it's a small world" sequence amidst sparkling floats that turn into a radiant light parade; a blanket of snow and an avalanche fall as Mulan battles the Huns; and a giant present is opened to reveal Buzz Lightyear as he's first introduced to that favorite pull-string cowboy, Woody and his pal Jessie.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to www.disneyonice.com. Members of the media are encouraged to visit the Press Room at www.feldentertainment.com.

Tickets for Disney On Ice go on sale Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.CapitalTickets.ca, by calling 599-FANS or 1-877-788-FANS; in person at all Ottawa-Gatineau area Sports Experts locations or the Scotiabank Place box office.

The nine shows will take place over the course of five days from March 21 to 25 as follows:

Wednesday, March 21 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 22 - 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, March 23 - 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 - noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 25 - 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (French show)

Tickets to this Disney On Ice adventure are $55 (Front Row seats), $40 (VIP seats), $26, $17, and $12 for all shows. Special Opening Night Discount is $14 for all tickets, excluding Front Row and VIP seats. Prices include all taxes exclude CRF and convenience charges.

Children (12 and under) and seniors (65 and over) will receive $3.50 off the full priced tickets for 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and the 4 p.m. show on Sunday. No discount on Front Row and VIP seats for any of the shows. No double discounts.

Groups of 15 or more will receive $4.50 off each ticket on all performances from Friday through Sunday. In addition, school and group tickets for Thursday 10:30 a.m. performance will just be $12, excluding Front Row and VIP seats. For group ticket information, please call 613-599-0210 or email groupsales@scotiabankplace.com.

Feld Entertainment, Inc., is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 25 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in 50 countries and on six continents to date and include Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®.

The Emmy® Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

Contact Information

  • Brian Morris
    613-599-0289