Disney on Ice offers rockin' good time

2013-01-28T13:15:00Z 2013-01-28T17:35:07Z Disney on Ice offers rockin' good timeEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

You might say Mickey and Minnie have turned rock star for the latest edition of Disney on Ice.

Tapping into the popularity of television talent shows, Disney on Ice is currently presenting  "Rockin' Ever After," running Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Feb. 10 at Chicago's United Center. The ice extravaganza opened  Jan. 23 and ran through Jan. 27 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

"There's something for everyone in this show," said Adam Loosley, one of the star skaters in Disney on Ice and line captain for the show. While the kids will be excited to see all their favorite Disney characters, Loosley said moms and dads will enjoy the technical skating aspects, colorful costuming and even the rock music score.

Loosley said the beloved Disney heroes, heroines, and stories also captivate audiences.

"People love the characters and you can relate to the stories. They have a message," he said.

In "Rockin' Ever After," audiences will see favorite characters compete in a talent contest and also watch as popular princess tales unfold.

Among characters starring in the show will be Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Merida from "Brave," who's making her ice debut.

The show is produced by superstar sister producing team Nicole and Juliette Feld. Loosley said it's his sixth year as line captain. In his role of captain, the skater said he works closely with fellow performers as well as other technical artists including choreographers, lighting, prop and scenic designers and workers.

For Loosley, it's always a joy to come to the Chicago area to perform because the cast has the opportunity to stay put for awhile. The Chicago performance schedule usually lasts about three weeks.

"We also love the crowds in Chicago. They're so responsive," he said.

In the show, Loosley said there will be a variety of skating tricks, fast turns, jumps and other flashy displays. One of the unique features, in which Loosley will participate, will be the execution of a Spanish web, a circus-like feat in the production's "Little Mermaid" section.

"Ariel twirls 35 feet in the air," Loosley said. "It adds a whole new element to the show."

The production also stars favorite songs from Disney movies as well as a collection of hit pop tunes.

FYI: Disney on Ice presents "Rockin' Ever After" Wednesday through Feb. 10 at Chicago's United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Ticket prices are $15, $20 and $26, with a limited number of VIP and Front Row seats available. VIP tickets are  $45 for weekday shows and $60 for weekends. Front row seats are $60 on weekdays and $75 weekends. Parking is free in United Center lots. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com or disneyonice.com


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