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Holiday musicals take to the stage - and ice - in Ontario

QMI Agency writer Jim Fox.

By Jim Fox, Special to Postmedia Network

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival presents the singing and dancing of 25 characters. (Handout)

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival presents the singing and dancing of 25 characters. (Handout)

Holiday shows take to the stage and ice, marking seasonal traditions across Ontario and Canada. The curtain rises for Mickey and company, Donny and Marie, Cinderella and the National Ballet for performances throughout the holidays and into the new year.

-- Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove, a skating spectacular, in Toronto from Dec. 19-28 with 17 performances at the Rogers Centre. Tickets are from $28 to $95. disneyonice.com.

“It’s a magical medley of Disney tales in one jam-packed show on ice that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films,” said publicist Beth Merrick. “Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of favourite Disney princesses Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and – the one who started it all – Snow White.”

-- Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival visits 11 cities in its Canadian tour. It has Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions. With more than 25 Disney characters, the audience is transported to a new world of hip-hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Underwater is where Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals groove to the reggae rhythm. Children can stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.

After opening in Regina and Saskatoon, the show is in Ottawa on Dec. 14, Hamilton, Ont. on Dec. 21, Montreal from Dec. 26-31, London, Ont. on Jan. 4, Toronto on Jan. 9-11 and in other locations. Tickets are from $28.25. disneylive.ca.

-- A post-holiday treat is Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Fantasy for eight shows from Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont. The show features four stories, showcasing characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story 3, and Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Little Mermaid. There are high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew from Cars races across the ice. Then Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home. Tickets are from $18 to $68. 

-- Mirvish Productions presents Donny and Marie Christmas at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, now through Dec. 21. In the holiday tradition of “Osmond Family Christmas” TV specials, the brother-sister duo celebrates the spirit of the season along with hits from their careers. mirvish.com.

-- Cinderella, the family musical, is on now through Jan. 4 at Mirvish’s Elgin Theatre, while the Jersey Boys, about rock-and-roll’s Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, runs from Dec. 17-Jan. 4 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

-- The parody Potted Potter, all seven Harry Potter books in “70 hilarious minutes,” returns to Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre from Dec. 17-Jan. 11.

-- The Nutcracker, the National Ballet of Canada’s version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale, runs from Dec. 13-Jan. 3 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. national.ballet.ca.


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