By MIKE CHAIKEN
To borrow a phrase from the theme song of Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” Kaitlyn DeRoy has the best of both worlds.
An experienced ice skater, she gets to do what she loves by performing in “Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove.”
And, more importantly, she gets to be on the ice with the Disney characters she grew up with… especially Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.”
Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, “Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove” makes two stops in Connecticut. First, it arrives at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena from Jan. 8 to 11. Then it heads north to Hartford’s XL Center from Jan. 14 to 18.
Press materials explain that this ice show “commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films. You will find all of your favorite Disney princesses: Tiana (“The Princess and the Frog”), Cinderella, Jasmine (“Aladdin”), Sleeping Beauty, Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”), Mulan, and Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”).
For Kaitlyn, who is a member of the ensemble of “Treasure Trove,” the presence of the character of Ariel, in particular, brings her back to her own Disney-infatuated childhood.
“I had all the Ariel dolls (growing up),” said Kaitlyn, who was calling from Canada during a stop of the show’s tour in Toronto.
“I was obsessed with ‘The Little Mermaid,’” said Kaitlyn, who actually gets to skate with Ariel in a routine performed to the movie’s “Under the Sea.” “I was 5 years old when I saw it.” And from that moment on, said Kaitlyn, she wanted to be just like Ariel. She would try to dress like Ariel. She would wear Ariel pajamas. And she would buy the Ariel dolls.
Although Ariel was her favorite, Kaitlyn said she also liked a number of the other Disney heroines. She liked, for instance, Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan.” She also grew to love other icons of Disney animation such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”
“My parents took me (to all of those),” said Kaitlyn.
Her parents also took her to all of the “Disney on Ice” shows, said Kaitlyn.
And now, she’s part of the “Disney on Ice” family.
“This combines my two loves,” said Kaitlyn, who is marking her seventh year on tour with a “Disney on Ice” production.
Kaitlyn said she started skating at a young age. “My parents encouraged us to try every sport,” said Kaitlyn. But skating quickly reeled her in. She put on a pair of pink ice skates, stepped out on to the pond, and began to skate. And she hasn’t stopped since. She skated competively straight through till her college graduation.
And when she was finished with college, Kaitlyn said her friends auditioned for “Disney on Ice” and encouraged her to do the same. She jumped at the chance to not only get to skate, get the chance to travel, but also to get to be part of the Disney family.
Kaitlyn said she loves the entertainment value provided by the “Disney on Ice” shows.
“One of the things I like is looking out and seeing the families and the little kids dressed up as their favorite characters,” said Kaitlyn, who performs in numbers based on “Peter Pan,” “Toy Story,” and “The Princess and the Frog” (as well as “Little Mermaid”). What’s especially fun, said Kaitlyn, is she knows that when she was younger, she was in the same shoes as the children in the audience.
As for the show itself, Kaitlyn explained it opens up the Disney vault by putting scenes from classic Disney films and translating them for ice. Everything from “Snow White” to “Tangled” is represented on the ice, said Kaitlyn.
“This is definitely a show for everybody,” said Kaitlyn. The little girls enjoy the princesses. The boys enjoy “Toy Story,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” And for the adults, there are classic Disney films such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Snow White” to tickle their sense of nostalgia. And there are plenty of excerpts from more recent films, such as “The Princess and the Frog” and “Tangled” that will please all ages.
“It’s such a great variety,” said Kaitlyn.
“Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove” presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt comes ti Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena from Jan. 8 to 11 and Hartford’s XL Center from Jan. 14 to 18. Tickets start at $15. For tickets in Bridgeport, go to Ticketmaster.com. For tickets in Hartford, go to XLCenter.com
For more information, go to DisneyOnIce.com
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By MIKE CHAIKEN