It’s Leap Year, so why not celebrate by watching some pretty astounding leaps and bounds on the ice at Consol Energy Center this week when Disney on Ice presents “100 Years of Magic” February 29 – March 4 for nine amazing shows.
Join Mickey, Minnie and 60 of their closest friends spanning across decades of award-winning Disney films. Iconic characters from “Mulan,” “The Lion King” and “Pinocchio” will band together on ice with characters from Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo.” Oh! and let’s not forget our favorite Disney princesses who will gracefully glide across the air and ice.
“It’s an amazing life experience,” said Gabor Antal, a skater in the production. “It’s something you don’t get to see everyday. What’s really unique about the production is the wide selection. You’ll get an amazing ice show with wonderful costumes and more than 60 characters telling so many stories.”
Antal is one of the many highly-trained skaters bringing the show to life on the ice. Beginning his performance skating career at 19, this three time National Champion for ice dance has performed in numerous Disney on Ice shows including “Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey” and “Let’s Celebrate.” Antal is originally from Hungary and aspires to be a principal adagio pair performing in a “Disney on Ice” production someday.
“It’s something really unique and I love doing it,” said Antal. “Entertaining the people and seeing the feedback on their faces is something truly amazing.”
The production features hits from many iconic films over the years and is choreographed by Emmy Award winner Sarah Kawahara who choreographed Michelle Kwan’s opening ceremony skating segment for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Joining Kawahara are music directors Art Kempel and Stan Beader, scenic designer David Potts, and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett; together they will transform the ice rink into dozens of different settings. Of course the toughest job belongs to designer Scott Lane who was tasked with outfitting the 60 different characters in dazzling costumes that shine and really light up the arena.
Disney on Ice will be performing nine shows over the five day period with the following dates and times:
Wednesday, February 29 – 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, March 1 – 10:30 A.M., 7:00 P.M.
Friday, March 2 – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 3 – *11:00 A.M., *3:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 4 – 1:00 P.M., 5:00 P.M.
* Close captioning devices will be available for the Saturday, March 3, 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. performances. Guests may visit guest services located near section 104 to pick up a device. For more information on closed captioning, contact Consol Energy Center.
Tickets for the Disney on Ice show are available through www.ticketmaster.com,www.disneyonice.com and at the Consol Energy Center box office. Tickets range from $21.00 – $68.25 plus applicable fees. Great seats are still available for most shows, though opening night is nearing a sell-out.