Charleston’s Disney-loving audiences are in luck, as Disney on Ice returns to the North Charleston Coliseum Oct. 27-30 with its show Let’s Celebrate.
Disney on Ice features elaborate, well-crafted costumes and a roster of world-class skaters, including Callista Vojvodich, a former member of the Team USA figure skating team who competed in five World/Junior World championships before joining Disney on Ice. Vojvodich, who spoke with City Paper ahead of this month’s shows, has been with Disney on Ice for five years and has performed in Let’s Celebrate for the last two seasons.
“We actually have the most stories and most characters out of any Disney on Ice show,” Vojvodich said. The venerated Disney on Ice cannon currently features five shows running around the country. Let’s Celebrate is one of the biggest shows ever produced by Disney on Ice, featuring a cast of more than 50 beloved and iconic Disney characters.
Foundational names like Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse, the show’s emcee, are joined by characters from across the canon. Disney princesses Mulan, Ariel and Tiana are joined by the casts of classic films like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Over the course of the show, audiences witness 14 stories pulled from both the classic cannon and modern hits. It also incorporates more than 30 of the best songs from Disney movies through the ages: “Let It Go,” “Hakuna Matata” and “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” are just some of the soundtrack highlights.
Vojvodich plays Snow White in a section of the show that includes all the Disney princesses, and can also be found in the Finding Dory segment as a baby turtle or as a bride in the Mulan segment of the show.
“There are so many exciting parts because it hits so many stories. Everyone finds something different to enjoy,” Vojvodich said. “There’s really something for every generation of the family.”
Vojvodich points to the Toy Story 4 section of the show as one of her personal highlights. “I think that there’s a really important message in that segment that shows that everyone brings value to this world,” Vojvodich said. In the story made famous by the Oscar-winning 2019 movie, Woody, Buzz and the rest of Andy’s former toys are joined by a newcomer, the strange new toy Forky, who is assembled from leftover parts. Forky’s journey of self discovery, and his evaluation of his self worth, really hit home with Vojvodich. “That is one of the most meaningful and exciting parts of the show for me.”
Choreographers and skaters come together in shows like Let’s Celebrate to give Disney on Ice not just memorable characters, but thrilling and memorable on-ice moments. It takes some getting used to for even the most veteran skaters.
“Portraying the role of Snow White has actually been a challenge because I had to learn some new moves,” Vojvodich said. The techniques required in Disney on Ice ask a lot of even the best skaters in the world. “Such as where Snow White gets lifted into the air by Prince Florian. For me there were a lot of new technical elements involved in that segment. I’d say that’s probably one of the biggest challenges but most exciting and rewarding parts of the season.”
But Vojvodich, who has performed against some of the best skaters in the world in her competitive career, seems to have found a calling in the Disney cannon. “It was challenging in many ways but also so much fun,” Vojvodich said of the transition.
“When you’re training as a competitive figure skater you get to perform once every month or two,” she said. “And when you’re in the ice show you get to perform for thousands of people every day and really get to embrace a storytelling side. So while it was challenging to adapt to the style and a different focus in this realm of skating, it’s been absolutely incredible and one of my favorite things I’ve done in my skating career.
“I’m so excited to be coming to North Charleston,” Vojvodich added. She and the team are thrilled to present a show that “celebrates the legacy of Walt Disney.”
Tickets for Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate are currently on sale at the North Charleston Coliseum box office or online at northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.
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