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Utahn performs in 'Disney on Ice Presents Frozen'

By Alexandria Ramirez

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 25 2016 5:45 p.m. MST

"Disney On Ice Presents Frozen" will make a stop in Salt Lake City March 2-6.

Tim Pannell, Feld Entertainment

SALT LAKE CITY — “Disney on Ice Presents Frozen” is coming to Vivint Arena March 2-6 in what Emerson Alvarez, a Park City native and an ensemble member for the show, says will be different than any previous Disney on Ice production.

“'Disney on Ice Presents Frozen' is unlike anything they’ve ever done before,” Alvarez said. “It’s one of the biggest shows in the world right now.”

Based on the Academy-Award winning animated film, “Disney on Ice Presents Frozen" features sisters Anna and Elsa, heirs to the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa has ice powers that she has tried to keep secret and is learning to control. After Elsa accidentally reveals her unique ability, she flees Arendelle and embraces her powers, unwittingly freezing over Arendelle in the process.

Anna, her optimistic sister, embarks on a search for her sister in hopes of reversing the perpetual winter. In the process, Anna befriends an ice maker, his reindeer and a snowman that all join in her quest to save the kingdom before it’s too late.

According to Alvarez, one thing that sets this production apart is its large amount of special effects.

“I think one of the audience’s favorite parts is seeing the magic come to life from off the screen to right in front of them in live action,” Alvarez said. “It’s pretty incredible to watch.”

She said she enjoys the audience’s reaction to seeing Elsa for the first time, as well as the snowman Olaf.

“I’m in the back, but I can hear the kids roar,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said being in this production has been a dream come true for her and that she enjoys being one of the ensemble skaters.

“I get to perform in a variety of numbers in the show,” Alvarez said. “It’s nice to get to switch it up and do a bunch of different things.”

As an 8-year-old, Alvarez began pursuing her passion for skating, a passion that ignited on a family trip to Idaho.

“Right around then, the ice skating rink in Park City opened," she said. "It just so happens that I was one of the founding members of the Figure Skating Club of Park City."

After years of practice and encouragement from those closest to her, Alvarez auditioned last March and the following June received the email confirming that she had been hired.

“I think that some of the most inspiring moments for me as a young child were seeing some of the live shows of Disney on Ice," she said "It's always been a dream of mine, so I went out on a limb."

She said her personal experiences behind the scenes have had the greatest impact on her.

“It’s great to have a family away from home and really get to know people from around the world,” Alvarez said. “That’s what’s been special and stood out to me.”

Alvarez said she loves to perform and help create lasting memories for the families who come to see the show.

“Getting to travel while doing what I love has been a dream come true,” Alvarez said. “I feel really lucky to be here every day.”

If you go…

What: "Disney On Ice Presents Frozen"

When: March 2-6, times vary

Where: Vivint Arena, 301 W. South Temple

How much: Tickets start at $20

Phone: 801-467-8499

Web: smithstix.com

Email: aramirez@deseretnews.com

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