Believing is just the beginning when it comes to dreams.
Catch “Disney on Ice: Dream Big” when it glides into Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp., starting Thursday, Jan. 11, for an eight-performance run over five days.
“The show is for everyone,” skater Nelson Sanchez Leemet said. “There is an acrobat team that is flying, literally. There’s even a fire-breathing dragon. Honestly everyone will enjoy this show.”
With her magic pixie dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey through beloved Disney tales — focusing on princesses such as Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White — as they embark on adventures, determined to make their dreams come true.
Each Disney film has its moment to shine on the ice as the characters twirl, leap and glide around to favorite movie songs, from classics such as “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid” and “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” to newer crowd-pleasers such as “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” “Down in New Orleans” from “Princess and the Frog” and “At Last I See the Light” from “Tangled.” One of the most popular portions of the show follows sisters Anna and Elsa and loveable snowman Olaf from “Frozen” as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all.
Sanchez Leemet — who portrays Hans in the “Frozen” segment — hails from the Dominican Republic, so the idea of ice skating and winter were foreign to him when he moved to Montreal. After watching an ice show in Canada, he was hooked and signed up for lessons the following day.
“I get to travel the world and do my passion at the same time,” he said. “It’s not even a job, even though it is a job. Just going out there and performing, seeing all of the kids and families, and smiling and enjoying and being involved in the show is the best. I love being a part of this production that makes people have a good time.”
Although it may make her seem biased, Alexe Giles, who portrays Elsa, said the “Frozen” portion sticks out to her the most.
“‘Let It Go’ and the reprise are definitely up there,” she said. “The blizzards created with all of the snow, it’s so magical. There are lots of special, dazzling effects. I think it’s one of the best segments in our show. I definitely have a little soft spot in my heart for it.”
Giles grew up in a skating family in Colorado, and she always believed “Disney on Ice” would be a huge opportunity for her to take. So when the chance came to follow her dreams of joining the ice show, she didn’t hesitate to take it.
“Disney carries from generation to generation,” Giles added. “Everyone becomes happy (at Disney). … It’s always transforming itself to the new technology and adding the new movies so it doesn’t die out, and it’s not stagnant. It’s always new and exciting.”
If you go
What: “Disney on Ice: Dream Big”
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
When: Thursday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 14, noon and 4 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m.
Details: Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased at the box office, online at ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.