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OFFBEAT: Disney on Ice and animal opportunities this weekend

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-02-08T00:00:00Z 2013-02-08T00:01:08Z OFFBEAT: Disney on Ice and animal opportunities this weekendBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

This is the final weekend to catch Mickey and Minnie and their ice stage search of the globe for the hippest and hottest acts to perform in their new princess theme showcase called "Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After," closing Sunday at the Chicago United Center.

There's plenty of music and fun for the entire family during this two and a half hour romp skating through some of the favorite Disney stories as told by some of the new and very popular princesses of Disney fame from films like "Brave," "Tangled," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid."

Along the way, as Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck help introduce segments, there are some fun cameo appearances by Pinocchio and the two mean stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, who tormented Cinderella.

The segments showcasing the "be the next superstar" theme are short, and primarily at the start of the show, which includes a short opening number with a take on songs by Madonna ("Vogue") and Cindy Lauper ("Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"). The rest of the production is devoted to shortened tellings of the aforementioned Disney film princess stories highlighted like the "on-ice debut" of Merida from Disney-Pixar's "Brave."

"The most exciting part of bringing a fearless and independent character like Merida to the ice for the first time is knowing that she has a powerful and inspiring message to deliver about finding the courage to determine one’s own fate," said Producer Nicole Feld.

"We think her story translates well to the ice and will really resonate with today's audience."

FYI: Ticket prices are $15, $20 and $26, with a limited number of VIP and Front Row seats available. VIP tickets are $60 for weekends. Front row seats are $75 weekends. Parking is free in United Center lots. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com or disneyonice.com.

More tales

Author Maryanne Battistini of Highland has a new book called "Tales That Wag: Stories of Therapy Dogs with Happy Tails" (2012 Authorhouse $25), ideal for everyone from children to adults and it's all based on true stories.

"I truly have been overwhelmed by the reception my book has gotten," Maryanne told me. "And all the doggie stories are true, given to me by their owners, all Power Paws For Kids volunteer-dog owners. These are truly wonderful people helping this great nonprofit organization."

Here's your chance to meet the author and the canine inspirations, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Crown Point Library, 122 N Main St., Crown Point. FYI: (219) 663-0270

For details on the canine programs, or the book, visit powerpawsforkids.org or authorhouse.com or (219) 671-0076.

Further tails

The Porter County Animal Shelter has an entertaining idea for how to spend this weekend. The 2013 Porter County Animal Shelter Comedy Show Benefit on Saturday at the Elks Lodge 500, 157 Jefferson St. in Valparaiso starts at 7 p.m. and features the Disposable Theatre, which bills itself as Northwest Indiana's "only professional improv troupe." Admission is $10 per person at the door and there will be a cash bar. Please note this is an adults only event.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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