Elsa, Anna and friends skat e into McKen­zie Arena for four days of per­for­mances of "Dis­ney on Ice: Frozen." 0 DAY THROUGH SUN­DAY

Elsa, Anna and friends skate into McKen­zie Arena

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - FRONT PAGE - BY SU­SAN PIERCE STAFF WRITER Con­tact Su­san Pierce at spierce@times­freep­ress. com or 423-757-6284.

Do you It’s want go­ing to to build snow a inside snow­man? McKen­zie Arena this week­end when “Dis­ney on Ice: Frozen” brings the beloved story of sis­ters Anna and Elsa to life on ice dur­ing seven per­for­mances today through Sun­day, Nov. 9-12.

This ice show pre­sented by Feld En­ter­tain­ment is dif­fer­ent from oth­ers that have skated through town in that it tells one com­plete story in­stead of be­ing com­prised of a va­ri­ety of small vi­gnettes. “This is the only Feld show where the en­tire pro­duc­tion is fo­cused on one sto­ry­line,” says Wil­liam Bran­don, one of the 39 skaters in the cast. “We have open­ing and clos­ing num­bers with some sur­prise Dis­ney guests, but the en­tire show is ‘Frozen.

Bran­don is an At­lanta res­i­dent whose skat­ing ca­reer is quite dif­fer­ent from the norm — he didn’t start skat­ing un­til he was 20. “I’ve al­ways ad­mired the sport. I thought it was in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful to watch. I al­ways wanted to learn but never had the fol­low-through un­til I was 20".

That was seven years ago, and now he’s skat­ing pro­fes­sion­ally. “I re­ally, re­ally en­joy be­ing able to per­form for an au­di­ence. In our two weeks’ re­hearsal, we learn the show and pre­tend there is an au­di­ence to in­ter­act with. To ac­tu­ally put our show in an au­di­to­rium that’s filled makes my job so much more fun.” As it is for the au­di­ence, which Bran­don says be­comes im­mersed in the skat­ing ex­trav­a­ganza’s story.

“Our au­di­ences love the story of Elsa and Anna, and you can al­ways hear them when those char­ac­ters en­ter. It’s still a very beloved sto­ry­line.” The skater says the story is told through the act­ing of its cast — but their stage pres­ence is en­hanced by elab­o­rate cos­tum­ing and sets. It takes a lot of work be­hind the scenes to make Aren­delle a snowy win­ter won­der­land.

There are more than 200 props in the show, painted in 58 col­ors, and 20 snow ma­chines. At its tallest point, the set reaches 36 feet in height.

When Elsa lets it go and builds her snow palace, sparkling py­rotech­nics will en­hance those icy blasts.

These daz­zling spe­cial ef­fects, beau­ti­ful cos­tum­ing and skat­ing prow­ess of the cast will com­bine for an un­for­get­table ice show.

“Ev­ery ice show is uniquely de­fined by the cast that com­prises it. I can tell you we have an in­cred­i­ble group of peo­ple in this cast,” says Bran­don. “It shows on the ice that we love what we do. We have a fun time on our end, and we want you to have just as much fun.”

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9, 2017 ............. Sec­tion H


Anna and Elsa stand in front of a 1,200-pound bridge, the largest prop in the ice show.


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