Disney Live! Comes to Fargo
Three Disney classics collide in one musical
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 02:10
For Disney fans young and old alike, this Sunday holds a perfect opportunity to see three favorite fairytales come together at the Fargodome. Disney Live! is currently on an international tour of “Three Classic Fairytales,” which brings “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “Cinderella,” and “Beauty and the Beast” together in one spectacular show.
Launched two weeks ago in Texas after rehearsing in Florida, “Three Classic Fairytales” treks the globe in order to bring the Disney experience to people worldwide. As an internationally touring show, this production hits venues all across America in addition to stages in countries such as France, Argentina and Japan.
Performance director A. J. Peterson said that though the show is obviously a perfect family outing, it is geared towards all ages. Just like the Disney films that span generations (1937, 1950, and 1991), people of all ages have seen the movies that are portrayed in this production.
“It is a show for kids and adults and it is actually not just for the girls,” Peterson said. “I think a lot of people might think ‘Three Classic Fairytales’ and see the three princesses and that’s kind of maybe just for the girls but…there’s also things for little boys as well.”
Peterson said the show will also include characters such as the seven dwarves, Gaston and the Beast and Goofy and Mickey.
Drawing dialogue and songs straight from the three films means everything remains the same, except for being in onstage format. To fit in the 90-minute time allotment, each story has been pared down to the essentials of each plot. Presenting the fairytales are beloved Disney mascots Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.
“[They] are kind of the narrators,” Peterson said. “They find a magical storybook and as they start reading it, the stories kind of come to life before their eyes.”
Eighteen cast members and twelve crew members work onstage and backstage to present the stories and songs. Classic numbers and scenes such as “Be Our Guest” and the ball from “Cinderella” are presented with a recording track backing the actors.
“We also are very interactive,” Peterson said. “We actually ask the audience, ‘What were those magic words the fairy godmother used?’ Snow White will ask, ‘Oh, should I eat the apple?’ and all the kids scream ‘No!’ We invite them to stand up and dance along as well. It’s a very fun type of atmosphere.”
For fans of the films or Disney stories in general, this production is a pleasant way to fill a Sunday afternoon. With two times to see it that day, the option of going earlier or later is available, so anyone looking to round out the weekend with something exciting has two chances to choose from.
Disney Live! presents “Three Classic Fairytales” 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Fargodome. Tickets range from $15 to $45 and are available at the box office, at inforumtix.com and by phone at 855-694-6367.