Two shows!Three cheers!
The latest edition of Walt Disney's World on Ice is called "Double Feature."
The show, produced by Kenneth Feld, rolls into the Delta Center arena on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m., and will continue for a total of 10 performances through Monday, March 8.
This year's production is - as the name implies - two entirely different features, both starring Mickey Mouse and a colorful cast of Disney favorites.
In "feature one," the Disney characters are visiting Tale Spin's Baloo and Louie on a tropical island when they're ambushed and subjected to Don Karnage's terrifying shrinking machine. Mickey and Minnie are turned into "mini mice" until Gyro Gearloose of "DuckTales" saves the day.
Following intermission, "feature two" spotlights Roger Rabbit's amazing video machine, a contraption that wields both mystery and mayhem. First, terrible trouble brews in the wild and wacky West, where an entire town is rescued by The Lone Chipmunks - Chip 'N' Dale. The next video vignette has the dazzling Miss Daisy in danger, but she's saved in the nick of time by Disney television's newest caped crusader, Darkwing Duck.
Performances will be Wednesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 5, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m. and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 7, at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., and Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Reserved seating ranges from $8.50 to $15. All seats will be discounted $3 on opening night, with $2 discounts for children for some specified performances. Group rates are also available.
Tickets are available at the Delta Center box office (325-7328) or all Smith'sTix outlets. Outside of Salt Lake, patrons may call toll-free, 1-800 888-8499.
Talented, world-class skaters from throughout the globe are part of the ensemble for Walt Disney's World on Ice. They include:
- Polish ice dancing champions Malgorzata Grajcar and Andrzej Dostatni, whose free-wheeling footwork is featured during Chip 'N' Dale's Western hoedown.
- Andrei Torossian, a courageous young Russian skating star who defected to the United States in 1990 with his wife and fellow cast member, Irina Kortchach.
- Another husband-wife team, Dmitri and Svetlana Korneitchenko, trained at the prestigious Leningrad Superior School for Figure Skating. They portray Don Karnage's hapless lab assistants.
- Returning to the Disney show are the boisterous boys from Blackpool, the Jackpots slapstick trio: Steve Bobola, Kevin "Macky" McDonald and Rob Rowntree.
- Finland's poised and confident "leading lady" skater, Kristiina Wegelius, was a shy young woman when she began her professional skating career seven years ago. Today, her dazzling performances light up arenas across North America.
The principal skaters, along with the 37 men and women of the skating ensemble, join to create a world of skating that - in typically Walt Disney fashion - is "a small world after all."
- WORLD ON ICE TRIVIA: If you took all the hours all the professional skaters in "Double Feature" have spent taking lessons throughout their careers, it would be the same as watching "Gone With the Wind" 9,463 times.
It takes seven 45-foot-long trucks just to move the show from city to city, and from seven to eight hours to set up all this equipment in the arena. If one person had to set up the show alone, the procedure would take about nine days and eight hours of continuous labor.
Each year, more than 40 million people around the globe see one of Kenneth Feld's live productions (these include several North American and international ice shows, two separate units of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the Las Vegas-based Siegfried and Roy show).