The latest Disney on Ice show hit Birmingham last week, with a special VIP performance at the NIA. Disney’s Dare to Dream is a celebration of the most magical of Disney characters, the Fairytale princesses, with particular emphasis on four of those lovely ladies. A show full of sparkle and magic, ‘Dare to Dream’ charmed even those hardest of hearts with glitter, romance and utterly enchanting ice dance.
Before the show Joe and my niece Lia were thrilled to meet the very beautiful Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Her exquisite gown was a lovely taster of what was to come, with fabulous attention to detail measuring the Disney ideal. And then it was off to the show.
The show begun with an energetic, 1920s style dance from The Princess and the Frog. I have to admit to having never seen this Disney film, but the New Orleans jazz setting gives this a rather more grown-up feel, and with the additional of Scott Joplin style ‘ragtime’ and the procession of impossibly bright and beautiful costumes, this was a great upbeat start to the show.
The mood changes considerably with the introduction of the next vignette, and one of Disney’s most evil woman. The Wicked Queen from Snow White was suitably dark and sinister, and her mirror, complete with hologram face and flashing eyes was actually quite scary, especially for younger children. In fact, poor Joe had to be taken out in tears at this point. On the other hand, my niece, who is almost ten, thought the mirror was pretty amazing. Of course, once the Dwarfs were introduced, the mood lightened, and this proved to be a favourite part for most of the younger children, thanks in no small part to the undeniably adorable Dopey.
We next moved onto Cinderella, one of the most beloved of all Disney Princesses, and I think this was possibly my favourite part of the whole show, simply because of how the children in the audience reacted to the magical appearance of the golden carriage.
The ballroom scenes were a riot of sparkle and colour, with swishing skirts, beautiful ladies and handsome soldiers making the most of the large floorspace. Joe did enjoy this, but was anxious for the return of Mickey and Donald, I think this definitely appeals more to your little princesses than it does to your little princes.
The final section of the show told the story of Rapunzel, who I didn’t realise had been turned into a Disney heroine. This proved to be a totally enchanting tale, slightly changed in the Disney telling, but one that, on ice, lends itself to a series of breathtaking ballet style lifts, and also opportunities for soaring through the sky (without a harness, as my niece pointed out.) There was also a wonderful dancing white horse, who captured the heart of both Lia and Joe.
A stunning finale, which many other Disney princesses join in the fun, completed what had been a wonderful night. Disney on Ice Dare to Dream is the perfect family night out this half term, and will be at the Birmingham NIA until Sunday 3rd November.