Review: Disney on Ice Treasure Trove

Rapturous applause, dazzled kids

ANN HUNT
Last updated 11:43 31/07/2014

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There was Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Buzz Lightyear, gleaming lanterns, pirate swords - and that was just the merchandise. Inside the packed auditorium children dressed as princesses, fairies, kings and queens, not to mention a few adults in Minnie Mouse ears complete with spotted bows, indulged in popcorn, candy floss and fluorescent drinks that just about glowed in the dark. 

Aimed at children and families, Treasure Trove is a kaleidoscopic parade of music and dance on ice, featuring skilled figure skaters dressed as characters from various Disney films. The show's hosts are Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. There is much audience interaction and for four lucky children chosen from the audience, a magical ride on the ice in a giant tea cup during the Alice in Wonderland sequence. 

Toy Story opens the show and Buzz Lightyear is greeted with rapturous applause by dazzled kids. Scene follows spectacular scene, including: Alice in Wonderland with its intriguing card costumes. Are they coming or going? But all the costumes, masks and heads throughout the evening are stunning. 

Choreographer Cindy Stuart keeps the momentum up with skaters swirling around the entire ice rink, so that a good viewpoint may be had no matter on which side you are seated. And while there is something for everyone in all the sequences, it is the longer ones such as Alice , Peter Pan , The Lion King and Aladdin that are the most satisfying. 

Two little girls pronounced The Lion King ''the best!'' And it was. It included a beautiful duet from Simba and Nala, with exciting, daring lifts and a wonderfully theatrical herd of wildebeest.   

The lighting (Jesse Blevins) is terrific, particularly in The Little Mermaid, and the special effects well done. Do look up at the rig for the magic carpet in Aladdin . It's a show in itself. In fact the only thing that let the side down was the usual over-loud and abrasive sound system of the TSB Bank Arena. 

So, in spite of this, is it a success? As Simba would say, ''Hakuna Matana!'' (No worries!)

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