Pirates, princesses Sept. 5 with Disney Junior at Yakima SunDome

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldAugust 27, 2013 

Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure makes a stop at the Yakima SunDome on Sept. 5.

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— Pirates and princesses will be dashing around the stage Sept. 5 when Disney's newest touring show, Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure, makes a stop at the Yakima SunDome.

The characters are as memorable as they are adorable, from Princess Sofia to Jake the pirate.

Two performances are planned at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets cost from $22 to $52 plus service charges, and are available at www.ticketmaster.com. The parking fee at the SunDome is $8.

Brian Hunter, who portrays the pirate Jake, told the Herald the show is musically driven and a must-see for all ages.

This is Hunter's first starring role in a Disney touring show, though he's been a performer at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the past couple of years.

Hunter, 21, was 10 years old when he got his start in theater. He did, however, have one obstacle to overcome when he joined the tour.

"My toughest challenge has been dancing hip-hop," he said in a telephone interview. "I was classically trained, and sometimes it's hard to relax and just let go, which this kind of show needs."

The story is classic fairy tale as Mickey and Minnie join Princess Sofia and her family as they prepare for a royal celebration that includes a visit from Cinderella.

Then they're off on an adventure with Jake and his swashbuckling pirate chums Issy and Cubby, as well as Peter Pan, as they battle the dastardly Captain Hook for a treasure hidden in a mysterious volcano.

Hunter says the special effects are as thrilling as the adventure itself, and all the music in the show is new.

"There is great energy in this show, and wherever we've performed, kids are dancing in the aisles," he said. "Even though my character is a courageous 6-year-old boy, he has his childish moments. And I can relate to that because I haven't lost all child in myself."

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