Princesses will come to life at Toyota Center

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerOctober 12, 2012 

Fairytales dare you to dream, and nobody captures dreams better than Disney.

Feld Entertainment will bring the Disney on Ice production of Dare to Dream to the Tri-Cities on Oct. 18-21 at Toyota Center in Kennewick.

The show follows a modern-day princess, Tiana, and a fairytale princess, Rapunzel, as they go in search of their dreams. Along the way, the two run into other beloved princesses from folklore.

The story starts with Tiana in New Orleans as she struggles to open a restaurant. She meets up with Prince Naveen, who is trying to break a frog spell so he can be human again.

The show intertwines with Cinderella as she searches for true love in her kingdom and soon joins Rapunzel, who discovers a whole new world beyond her tower.

"There's something within each of the stories of Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella that speaks to women and girls and families around the world," Nicole Feld, one of the show's producers, said via email. "Each of these princesses is searching for what truly makes them happy. And I think that's very reflective of what audiences are like today."

Kendra Moyle, who portrays Rapunzel, is a 2006 junior pairs champion and took second in pairs at the World Junior Figure Skating Championship the same year.

Dare to Dream is directed by Patty Vincent, who came up with a unique way to present Rapunzel's long, magical, golden tresses during the Tangled segment without interfering with the skating.

To do that, about 2,000 feet of silk will be used for her hair, which will wind through the rafters of the coliseum, draping down to the ice and out of harm's way for the skaters. The silk is also used in an enterprising aerial act never seen before in a Disney on Ice show, the show's website states.

Adding to the drama of the Tangled scenes will be Rapunzel's escape from her tower by the swashbuckling rogue Flynn Rider. They will soar 25 feet in the air hanging on to Rapunzel's hair.

Tickets to the show are from $20 to $57 with special $12 ticket prices for specific seats for the Oct. 18 performance only. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Oct. 18-20; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and noon and 4 p.m. Oct. 21.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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