‘ Dis­ney on Ice’ marks decades of en­ter­tain­ment

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - NEWS - BY PA­TRICE WILDING STAFF WRITER

When “Dis­ney on Ice Cel­e­brates 100 Years of Magic” comes to Mo­he­gan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, it’ll honor a cen­tury of memorable movies with time­less songs and smooth skat­ing.

The tour takes up res­i­dence at the Wilkes- Barre venue for eight shows over five days, run­ning Wed­nes­day through Jan. 13. Tick­ets start at just $ 15, mak­ing it a bud­get- friendly post- hol­i­day

out­ing for the whole fam­ily.

Marcus Mimidis, a na­tive of Lan­caster, will re­turn to his home state to per­form in the show’s

en­sem­ble. It marks his first time hit­ting the ice in the Wilkes- Barre area, which will be “new and ex­cit­ing,” he said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view from Bos­ton.

Mimidis said au­di­ences can find him in sev­eral seg­ments through­out the night, in­clud­ing the open­ing num­ber in which he plays a mem­ber of Mickey Mouse’s march­ing band. He’ll also ap­pear as a cit­i­zen of Aren­delle later dur­ing a “Frozen” piece and as a Chi­nese soldier in a “Mu­lan” mo­ment.

“This is a va­ri­ety show, so you’re go­ing to see the most char­ac­ters,” es­pe­cially com­pared to past “Dis­ney on Ice” tours, Mimidis promised. “We have 50 char­ac­ters, 14 dif­fer­ent sto­ries, and we go as far back as ‘ Pinoc­chio,’ ‘ Snow White’ ( and) ‘ The Lion King’ but also in­clude more modern tales, like ‘ Find­ing Dory,’ ‘( Tan­gled)’ and ‘ Frozen.’ There re­ally is some­thing for all gen­er­a­tions.”

Watch­ing fam­i­lies in the au­di­ence is one of his fa­vorite parts about par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Dis­ney tours, Mimidis said.

“To see their re­ac­tions, ev­ery­one sand­wiched to­gether — par­ents and their re­ac­tion to their chil­dren see­ing their fa­vorite char­ac­ters —

ev­ery­one is in a good space and happy place,” he said. “It’s also nos­tal­gic for the par­ents.”

Mimidis got his start in skat­ing at 9 years old af­ter watch­ing the 2002 Win­ter Olympic Games. Now a mem­ber of the U. S. Fig­ure Skat­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, he skated com­pet­i­tively for years be­fore join­ing “Dis­ney on Ice,” hav­ing pre­vi­ously per­formed in the “Princesses and He­roes” tour be­fore “100 Years of Magic.”

Trav­el­ing the coun­try with fel­low fig­ure skaters of sim­i­lar back­grounds has been a grat­i­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, he said, and be­ing part of the Dis­ney fam­ily has changed him for the bet­ter.

“It’s quite re­ward­ing to be part of the show. Af­ter train­ing for so many years and com­pet­ing for so many years, I kind of have a dif­fer­ent re­spect for skat­ing and us­ing my tal­ents in a dif­fer­ent way,” Mimidis said. “It’s re­ally cool to work with other skaters who un­der­stand, and we share that and ... learn from each other. I’m def­i­nitely more out­go­ing on the ice in my per­for­mances. I let my­self go and get into char­ac­ters more. It’s not as stress­ful, be­cause I don’t put pres­sure on my­self to be per­fect like I would in com­pe­ti­tions.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Min­nie and Mickey Mouse along with their march­ing band will per­form as part of “Dis­ney on Ice Cel­e­brates 100 Years of Magic” from Wed­nes­day through Jan. 13 at Mo­he­gan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 High­land Park Blvd., Wilkes- Barre.

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