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‘Let’s Celebrate’ is a Disney party on ice

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More than 50 Disney characters will take to the ice and celebrate their favorite holiday in Disney’s latest ice skating spectacle, “Let’s Celebrate.”

Produced by Feld Entertainment, “Let’s Celebrate” skates into the Forum Thursday for a four-day run.

“We’ve never done a variety show with our favorite Disney characters and put them into one show,” said Patty Vincent, the show’s director. “As people celebrate in everyday life, we invite them to be our guest on the journey through the celebrations all in one night, and its pretty exciting.”

While many of the Disney characters have never appeared together in a story, the various “celebrations” give them the opportunity to interact, says Vincent.

For instance, the Valentine’s Day celebration will feature Minnie Mouse along with Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”), sharing stories about finding love.

And for the first time, Jack Skellington (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”) will make his ice skating debut in a Halloween celebration alongside Captain Hook and Cruella de Vil.

Each year, show producers are charged with coming up with a different theme for the ice skating show. This time around, celebrations topped the list.

“We have a research team that talks to people, then we sat around a table with producers and designers and went around the room talking about our favorite celebrations and our experiences,” she says. “We are always challenged to create something different and memorable. And we really did.”

And each of the celebrations is enhanced by a large video screen displaying images such as a confetti-lined Bourbon Street during the Mardi Gras celebration and fluffy pink clouds during Minnie’s Valentine’s Day dream sequence.

There also are flying kites, Chinese dragons, cherry blossom trees, fire and snow.

“This show really has something for the entire family,” Vincent adds. “It’s really magical. The sophistication of the costuming, lighting, choreography and the songs. We get older, but we all still love the classics. It really brings you back to your childhood.”

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