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When the curtains are drawn back to reveal the all-new stage show experience Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, audiences will find themselves on an enchanted adventure journeying through the awe-inspiring stories of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Mickey, Minnie and more than 25 of their Disney pals make appearances throughout the show where scenes from each story magically come alive to create an unforgettable experience for kids and adults, alike. Produced by Feld Entertainment®, Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales is anchored amidst a transforming set, with captivating choreography, innovative lighting and breathtaking costumes; all created to treat families to an authentically woven tale of “happily ever after.”
“With genuine Disney characters, familiar songs and nostalgia hidden in each storyline, Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales is one of the closest and most intimate Disney experiences that we have ever produced,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “Audiences will leave the show inspired by the quality of the performance and the unwavering spirits that these beloved princesses possess.”
Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales begins when Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy embark on an unexpected quest and find a magical storybook hidden in Mickey’s attic. Upon discovery the four pals curiously turn the pages and discover Snow White as she searches for her one true love, Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball and Belle as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Along the way, the audience will be invited to join in on the fun by solving clues, clapping along and singing time-honored songs, such as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, Heigh Ho and Be Our Guest.
“The interactive nature of this show and the connection the audience will have with real Disney stars is unlike anything we’ve done before,” says Producer Alana Feld. “We wanted to create a show that evokes different emotions and, in the end, leaves moms, dads, kids and even grandparents with smiles on their faces and hope in their hearts.”
This Disney Live! production features behind-the-scenes collaboration from some of the greatest creative talents in live entertainment. They were challenged to develop show elements that would appeal to audiences from around the world—and the results are “breathtaking,” asserts Director Sherilyn Draper.
“These stories paved the way for us because the themes of courage, love and believing in oneself are undeniably universal,” Draper explains. “We wanted to retell these tales with as much vivid detail and imagination as possible, but we also had to keep the show easy to follow. The audience will feel the care we put into the production as three inspiring stories are told during one grand experience.”
The uniquely constructed set of Scenic Designer Stanley Meyer pays great attention to detail. Starting from Mickey’s attic, the set transforms into an enchanted forest where audiences meet Snow White as she wishes at the wishing well; audiences also encounter the Seven Dwarfs as they traipse through the lush woods on their way to work. The set then transforms into a brilliant castle where Cinderella first sees Prince Charming. At the end, the set is converted into a quaint town in France where the story of Beauty and the Beast unfolds.
“I wanted the scenic presentation to be truly dramatic, created with enough flexibility to transform into many different environments and also easy enough to pack for long-distance travel,” says Meyer. “Paired with the lighting, the design will make audiences feel like they’re in a new destination with every scene.”
Key to supporting the scenic presentation, the lighting takes center stage in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. “I wanted to create patterns that when projected off of different surfaces, the lighting would add new textures and dimensions,” says Lighting Designer Norm Schwab. “During Cinderella’s ball we created a scene so luminous that it feels delightfully enchanted. However, when audiences encounter the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they will witness thunderous hues of light created for a very different kind of enchantment; one that is almost chilling.”
Tony Award®-winning Costume Designer Gregg Barnes threaded together glittering embellishments to give the performers magnificent garments that sparkle and shimmer under the show lights. He used lavish layers, exotic trimmings and yards of flowing fabric. He admits the stories provided him with more than enough inspiration to create a vision for his stunning designs.
“What’s spectacular about this production is that it lends itself to several different looks,” says Barnes. “In one act, the audience will see incredible range in the costumes, from the simple villagers in Beauty and the Beast to the glamorous gowns at Cinderella’s ball.”
The combined talents of Choreographer Robert Mackey and Music Director Ted Ricketts were in tune to create different levels of emotions and tones for Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. “The classic songs found in this show are sometimes elegant and soft, and sometimes very upbeat.” says Ricketts. “They allow for a variety of high-energy movements, sharp precision and elegant formation.”
“There is an element of regality and romance when Belle and her prince dance their first dance to the song, Beauty and the Beast,” adds Mackey. “But within that same story, we were also able to give a high-impact performance when Gaston sings, moves about boastfully and creates a ruckus in the local tavern.”
For Mickey and his pals, the enchanted storybook becomes a place full of wondrous adventure; for audiences, Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales is an adventure where they will share in laughter, singing, dancing and family fun.
“This show was built specifically for families, for kids, and for everyone that believes dreams really do come true.” adds Kenneth Feld. “We want them to walk away with a feeling of wonderment and the memory of a heartwarming live experience!”
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
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