When I was a little redheaded girl growing up in Detroit, my mother always managed to take me to some kind of live performance at least once a year. There were five kids in my family. We were not wealthy. We lived in the bottom half of a duplex in an old Polish neighborhood.
I remember every concert, puppet show and circus. It made me realize that life is larger than the bottom half of a brick house on St. Lawrence Street. I still love music, art and spectacle.
Now I’m able to take my grandchildren to all kinds of wonderful places and shows here in Hampton Roads.
Last night was girl’s night out. I took my grown up daughter and three granddaughters to see one of our favorite spectacular shows, “Disney On Ice Presents Frozen” at the Hampton Coliseum. There were no ice shows when I was growing up. I never saw anything as colorful or as spectacular.
“Disney On Ice Presents Frozen” is at the Hampton Coliseum now through Sunday, November 19 with matinees and evening performance on Saturday and Sunday. This is a perfect first theater experience for the children you love. They will know the characters, the story and the songs, but see it done in a whole different way. They will get to experience the show with thousands of other kids and grown-ups. It might be the first time they see figure skating live and not on a TV screen.
What was so much fun about “Frozen”?
Dozens of little kids, and a few big kids, dressed like Elsa, Anna or any one of their favorite Disney characters. Alice, age 8, was sad that she left her Elsa costume in the dress-up trunk back home. If you have a tiara, wear it to the show. You won’t be alone. My favorite was two-year-old Elijah, sporting a giant carrot nose to pay tribute to his favorite character, Olaf the Snowman.
You do NOT have to silence your cell phone. In fact, the announcer lets everyone know that you can sing along, dance in aisles, and take as many selfies as you want.
Lots of your favorite Disney characters make an appearance, zooming around the ice. I loved it when Alice, Rachel, and Catherine gave a huge cheer for Snow White.
Most of the show is devoted to the story of “Frozen.” All the kids know the story. Everyone sang along, including the parents and grandparents. Part of the thrill is the anticipation. I admit I’ve only seen the movie once. Rachel had to reassure me when the giant snow monster crept out onto the ice. She knew there was going to be a happy ending, so she wasn’t worried.
The story is “Frozen.” There is a lot of snow. It looks real. Hampton Roads kids are endlessly fascinated by snow. Be prepared for lots of “Nana, Nana, Nana (or Mom, Mom, Mom) look, look, look!!!!!”
It is real ice down on the floor of the Hampton Coliseum. Wear warm clothes. It’s chilly in there, but that only adds to the “Frozen” atmosphere.
Those young skaters dressed up in (sometimes awkward) costumes know that the kids love all the characters. When they are performing, or stopped for a moment on the ice, they look directly into the audience and wave at the children. Catherine is ten, almost old enough to be jaded, but she was sure they were looking right at her and she waved back, over and over again. It might sound like a little thing, but it made the show even better.
This is a show for any age. It’s a great gift for the children in your life. It’s something they won’t forget.
There are some good deals on tickets for “Disney On Ice Presents Frozen” right here.
For more information about the show, go here.