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Friday, December 19, 2014

It's showtime for Mickey and company, Donny and Marie, Cinderella and the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker

   One-Tank Trip for Dec. 13/14

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Holiday shows take to the stage and ice, marking seasonal traditions across Ontario and Canada.
   The curtain rises for Mickey and company, Donny and Marie, Cinderella and the National Ballet for performances throughout the holidays and into the new year.
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival presents the singing and dancing of 25 characters.
   Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove, a skating spectacular, in Toronto from Dec. 19-28 with 17 performances at the Rogers Centre.
   “It’s a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed show on ice that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films,” said publicist Beth Merrick.
   “Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of favourite Disney princesses Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and – the one who started it all – Snow White.”
   Then set sail with Peter Pan, sassy Tinker Bell and cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land.
   In the wilds of Africa, there’s Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon discovering the true meaning of the Circle of Life.
Simba and Nala and the Circle of Life in Disney On Ice’s Treasure Trove.
   Don’t be late for a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards.
   Tickets are from $28 to $95 (ringside); disneyonice.com; ticketmaster.ca; 1-855-985-5000.

   I can hear music
   Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival visits 11 cities in its Canadian tour.
   It has Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy performing in a “music mash-up of mega proportions.”
   With more than 25 Disney characters, the audience is “transported to a new world of hip-hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations” with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie.
   There are the greatest hits from blockbuster movies Aladdin, the Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country.
Mickey's Music Festival rocks!
    Underwater is where Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals groove to the reggae rhythm.
   Children can stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.
   After opening in Regina and Saskatoon, the show is in Ottawa on Sunday (Dec. 14); Windsor, Dec. 20; Hamilton, Dec. 21; Montreal, Dec. 26-31; Kitchener, Jan. 2; Kingston, Jan. 3; London, Jan. 4; Oshawa, Jan. 8; and Toronto, Jan. 9-11.
   Tickets are from $28.25. disneylive.ca; ticketmaster.ca; 1-855-985-5000.

   On the ice
   A post-holiday treat is Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Fantasy for eight shows from Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at Budweiser Gardens in London.
   The show features four stories, showcasing characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story 3, and Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Little Mermaid.
Tinkerbell and the fairies in Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy in London.
   There are high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of from Cars race across the ice.
   Dive into the Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within.
   Then Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home.
   “Favourite Disney moments come to life with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters,” Merrick said. Tickets are from $18 to $68 (front row). disneyonice.com; 1-866-455-2849.

   On the playbill
   Mirvish Productions presents Donny and Marie Christmas at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, now through Dec. 21.
   In the holiday tradition of “Osmond Family Christmas” TV specials, the brother-sister duo celebrates the spirit of the season along with hits from their careers.
   Cinderella, the family musical, is on now through Jan. 4 at Mirvish’s Elgin Theatre, while the Jersey Boys, about rock-and-roll’s Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, runs from Dec. 17-Jan. 4 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.
   The parody Potted Potter, all seven Harry Potter books in “70 hilarious minutes,” returns to Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre from Dec. 17-Jan. 11. mirvish.com; 1-800-461-3333
Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk in the Nutcracker. (Handout photo by Bruce Zinger)
   The Nutcracker, the National Ballet of Canada’s version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale, runs from Dec. 13-Jan. 3 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
   This is James Kudelka’s “glorious re-imagination of the evergreen Christmas classic.” national.ballet.ca; 1-866-345 9595


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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