ICY STAGE FOR BLOCK­BUSTER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

ICE Age Live! A Mam­moth Ad­ven­ture presents all the an­i­mated film fran­chise’s lov­able char­ac­ters in a new story on their nat­u­ral habi­tat – ice.

Like much of the cre­ative team work­ing on the show, co-di­rec­tor and char­ac­ter de­signer Michael Curry used his ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing on Cirque du Soleil to find an­other way of pre­sent­ing large-scale theatre.

“The amount of tech­niques we blend to­gether is un­prece­dented,” Curry said.

“We were ex­cited to com­bine high level ice skat­ing with high level cir­cus and dance; this is a first.

“Cast­ing th­ese amaz­ing per­form­ers is a chal­lenge be­cause some of them have to be ex­perts in skat­ing, danc­ing, pup­peteers and tech­ni­cal cir­cus.”

Curry said the pro­duc­tion took au­di­ences on a broad jour­ney through a very sim­ple story with some new faces added to the mix.

“We needed some bad guys for our story so we cre­ated th­ese bird thugs,” he said.

“They are a threat to the Ice Age fam­ily; they also are the spring­board for some cool fight scenes, some­thing not found in the movie.

“The en­tire cre­ative team has a back­ground in cir­cus and we cre­ated many more fan­tasy crea­tures to sup­port var­i­ous ath­letic cir­cus acts such as the crazy bear dancers.”

Like any show, there were hur­dles along the way and Curry said bring­ing some of the large char­ac­ters to life proved a chal­lenge.

“The char­ac­ters that are rel­a­tively hu­man in pro­por­tion were eas­ier,” he said.

“Other char­ac­ters such as the mam­moths and Diego re­quired much more in­ven­tive pup­petry tech­niques.

“The chal­lenge be­came mak­ing sure the hu­manori­en­tated char­ac­ters could co-ex­ist with the pup­petry-ori­en­tated char­ac­ters.”

Ice Age Live! A Mam­moth Ad­ven­ture comes to Perth in its fourth year of a five-year world tour.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 fam­ily passes to Ice Age Live! A Mam­moth Ad­ven­ture. En­ter at www.com­mu­nity news.com.au by March 21.

Tanya MacNaughton

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