Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story, Takes Smash Hit Film to the Ice
Cutting Edge Projection Technology Takes Audiences to the Edge of their Seats and Beyond in High-Energy Live Ice Spectacular
Toy Story 3, the record-breaking summer blockbuster, is so hot it's cool as everyone's favorite toys take to the ice in Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3, a brand-new live ice spectacular produced by Feld Entertainment. An award-winning creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the gang to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., Jan. 26-30, 2011, and Chicago's United Center, Feb. 2-13.
To enhance this live experience, the production will feature a colossal set and state-of-the art projection design, allowing adults and children alike to virtually shrink down as Andy's room is transformed from human to toy-sized. Without ever leaving the arena, families are whisked away, reliving iconic moments from Toy Story and Toy Story 2 before they embark on the brand-new adventure of Toy Story 3. The projection design allows the set to come alive in new and interesting ways, using the entire ice surface to create oversized effects and scenic elements that alter the audience's perception of scale and further immerse them in the world of the toys.
"An award-winning team of artists, designers and technicians are redefining the theatre of ice with a show that challenges the audience's perception of reality," says Producer Nicole Feld. "Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 is Feld Entertainment's most innovative show ever."
Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 begins as Andy prepares for college and is deciding the fate of his favorite childhood pals. Woody reminds the gang that they are still Andy's toys and they reminisce over their many adventures as Buzz Lightyear defeats Evil Emperor Zurg; Woody meets up with Jessie on the set of their TV show, "Woody's Roundup"; and Slinky Dog, Rex, Bullseye, Hamm, Barbie, and everyone's favorite spuds -- Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head -- keep the audience laughing with their comedic antics. This unforgettable troupe of toys takes matters into their own hands when they find themselves trapped at Sunnyside Daycare and at the mercy of some rambunctious toddlers. A toy box full of new faces, led by Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, temporarily detains them, but thanks to Woody, they devise a plan to get back home again. A hilarious and daring escape mission ensues as the gang endures a comical series of mishaps to ensure that "no toy gets left behind."
"Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 is the only place where you can experience the excitement and adventure of Toy Story 3 and the defining character moments of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 right in your hometown," says Producer Kenneth Feld. "We're bringing families the ultimate Toy Story experience in a sensational live production."
Tickets for Chicago-area performances of Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 are available at the Allstate Arena and United Center box offices, all Ticketmaster locations, on the web at www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices are $15, $20 and $25, with a limited number of VIP and Front Row seats available for every performance. (VIP tickets are $45 for weekday performances at the United Center and $60 for weekends; $60 for all Allstate Arena shows. Front Row tickets are $75.) For additional information, log on to /www.disneyonice.com, or visit Disney On Ice on Facebook or YouTube.
Note: Disney is the parent company of ABC7 Chicago.
TAYLOR FIRTH (BIO)
If you ask upstate New York native Taylor Firth what she wants audiences to get from her performance in Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 she'll tell you, "I want people to see Jessie the Cowgirl when they watch me. I want to portray her energy and all of her excitement when I'm skating." However, if you take a closer look, you might just recognize Taylor from her leading role in the 2010 remake of the 1978 skating classic Ice Castles. "Filming was a lot of hard work, but it was so fun to be doing something totally new. I learned a lot about myself during that time, and I would not trade that experience for anything," she says.
She's quick to remind people, however, that skating is her passion and she doesn't plan on leaving the ice anytime soon. Taylor began skating at the age of six, following in the footsteps of big sister Shannon. "At first I wanted nothing to do with skating, I wanted to be a gymnast," she says. "But I kept up with it and fell in love." Taylor is a three-time National Competitor, a four-time International Competitor and has won Gold in U.S. Figure Skating Freestyle and Moves in the Field. "Going to my first Nationals was one of the most amazing experiences of my life," she says.
Some day Taylor hopes to be a skating coach or a choreographer because she loves working with kids and seeing them achieve their dreams. If a kid out there is dreaming of being a performer her advice to them is, "Don't ever hold back from your dreams because you never know what could happen. Go for it!"
St. Vincent de Paul Pre-School Seeks Public Support of Read-aloud Storybook Drive
Chicago's oldest pre-school facility, the not-for-profit St. Vincent de Paul Center in Lincoln Park, is in need of read-aloud storybooks, educational games, puzzles and art supplies for a growing number of low-income children enrolled in its Pre-Kindergarten program. A special effort to solicit public donations of needed supplies is being launched today by 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley and the cast of Disney On Ice presents Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3.
The St. Vincent de Paul Center Read-aloud Storybook Drive will run through the end of this month, with donations being accepted at St. Vincent de Paul Center, 2145 N. Halsted, Chicago; Alderman Daley's 43rd Ward Office, 735 W. Wrightwood; the Starbucks at 2200 N. Halsted; DePaul Athletic Department, 2323 North Sheffield Ave., and DePaul Graduate School of Public Affairs, 14 E. Jackson Blvd. Donations should be of new items appropriate for children ages 2 ½ to 5. For additional information, call St. Vincent de Paul Center's Development Department at (312) 278-4218.
"We are grateful for the community's ongoing support of our mission to provide high-quality early childhood education to low-income children from all over the city of Chicago," said Carrie Callas, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Center. "As our friends from Disney On Ice might say, with a strong educational foundation, children can go 'to infinity and beyond!'"
Since 1915, St. Vincent de Paul Center has been dedicated to empowering those most in need to reach their greatest potential. The Center fulfills this mission through quality childcare for over 430 children and NAEYC Accredited early childhood education, comprehensive services to isolated seniors and outreach to the homeless.
Disney On Ice's newest skating spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3, will be appearing Jan. 26-30 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and Feb. 2-13 at Chicago's United Center. For additional information, log on to /www.disneyonice.com.