Ice production celebrates magic of Disney characters, classic songs, movies

2013-09-12T17:00:00Z Ice production celebrates magic of Disney characters, classic songs, moviesEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Fans of beloved Disney characters will want to round up the family for the latest ice production to hit town.

Disney on Ice's "100 Years of Magic" continues through Sunday at Chicago's United Center.

"There are stories of old to stories of new," said Jamie Loper, line captain for the production. Loper, who also portrays Aladdin, said stories from "Pinocchio" to "Finding Nemo" and more are featured. "It's great full family entertainment," he said.

Audience members will see select numbers from movies such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Toy Story" and others.

Loper said it's not just the princesses who are put into the spotlight but the many princes and male characters who are favorites of boys and girls alike.

"Fans will also see tremendous athletic skating," Loper said. In addition, one of the highlighted segments of the show stars the dolls of It's a Small World, one of the popular attractions at the Disney theme parks.

Loper said the "100 Years of Magic" has been well received all over the world. Performing in Disney on Ice, Loper said, is a great opportunity.

The performer, who began skating as a young child, said he never tires of his job.

"It's something I absolutely love doing. And I love performing for people and seeing thousands of smiling faces."

As a Disney artist, Loper said he "recognizes the importance" of his role in helping and encouraging children to dream. He added the cast wants to encourage people to believe "anything is possible" which is what the majority of the Disney movie themes project.

The show's choreography is done by Sarah Kawahara, who choreographed the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Set design is by David Potts with costumes designed by Scott Lane.

Disney on Ice's "100 Years of Magic" runs through Sunday. Show times are 7 p.m. nightly as well as additional performances at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The 7 p.m. show on Sunday will be in Spanish. Tickets are $13, $20 and $25 with a limited number of $40 (weeknight) and $50 (weekend) VIP  and $55 (weeknight) and $70 (weekend) Front Row seats available. Parking is free in United Center lots. For more information or tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit

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