Disney's "Let's Celebrate!" will bring a colorful party on ice to the Coast Coliseum on Thursday through Dec. 13.
The show offers more than 50 Disney characters from 16 stories skating to celebratory themes. The Disney princesses -- Belle, Tiana, Ariel, Cinderella and Fiona -- celebrate Valentine's Day along with their princes. There are international celebrations of Mardi Gras and the Chinese New Year. There's even a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, the fantastical Mad Hatter's Unbirthday Party, as well as a Halloween theme -- a fitting backdrop for Disney villains.
Mariyah Thurston was 18 and
just out of high school when she began skating with Disney. The Disney tale "The Princess and the Frog" was new to her at the time and its New Orleans backdrop of the French Quarter and voodoo were unfamiliar.
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Since skating as Princess Tiana for six years, Thurston has embraced her character, and the California native and resident has made many visits to the Crescent City.
"The music and the story are great, and as I've gotten older I've grown into the character I portray," Thurston said. "I love the music, and I believe it shows in the performance."
She said her favorite scene in "Let's Celebrate!" is the Valentine's number in which she and her partner are joined by all the Disney princes and princesses. She said one noticeable crowd pleaser is the "Toy Story" cast's celebration of the winter season. It's a segment that builds momentum for a grand finale with the entire cast returning.
The show offers nearly two hours of entertainment. Thurston said it rolls quickly and keeps the audience enthralled through question-and-answer segments and opportunities for dancing.
"It's very fast paced so that no segment goes too long," she said. "It keeps people on their toes, always wanting to know what's going to happen next."
Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday with a special opening-day ticket price of $10 for children and $13 for adults.
All other shows start at $16 for adults and remain $10 for children. Additional show times are Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday 2 and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Coliseum box office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices increase $2 each day of the show.