Photo: Feld Entertainment
Photo: Feld Entertainment
December 02, 2018 09:57 AM
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic next week in St Paul. Eight magical shows begin Thursday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 9.
Who better to lead the fun-filled line-up than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Joining Mickey on the ice are his pals Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and more than 50 Disney characters including classic princesses Cinderella and Snow White. There will be 14 different stories told from the classics like Pinocchio to more modern stories like Frozen.
Minnesota native Olivia Oltmanns performs as the very popular Elsa. KSTP had a chance to talk to her about her upcoming visit home.
How did you get started?
"I started skating at two-years-old and then I skated competitively until I was 18. Then, I joined Disney on Ice. It was a bit of a change but it came at a great time in my life and now I get to travel the world skating with Disney. It's kind of a dream."
What advice would you give to young skaters today?
"Everyone knows about Disney but I'm not sure that a lot of people know that they can actually skate for them too. It takes hard work, dedication and a great personality. There are currently three fellow Minnesotans on this tour, which is awesome so we are all excited to come back home."
Note: Olivia is from Shakopee, Sydney Berrier (ensemble skater) is from White Bear Lake, and Cale Ambroz is from New Prague (ensemble skater, also performs as Hans).
What are you looking forward to most while being home for even a short period of time?
"I've never played Minneapolis before, actually, neither have the other two Minnesotan skaters. Some people go on tour just so they can play home because it's such an amazing experience performing in front of friends and family. I have 40 people coming to just one show alone so I'm excited."
Do you plan to take fellow castmates exploring in the Twin Cities?
"We usually don't have a lot of time off when we make short stops like the one in St. Paul, but we represent so many countries from around the world on this tour and my friends are ready with lists of places they want to see. So far I have The Sculpture Garden, the Mall of America, Stone Arch Bridge and I've advised everyone about the cold weather. My boyfriend is from Russia and I plan to do all the same touristy things we did together with my friends too."
What is your favorite part of the show, one you know will definitely bring a smile to both kids and adult faces?
"I love the opening number because there's tons of energy as we get the kids prepared for the show. We're celebrating Mickey's 90th birthday so it's a celebration right off the bat. I portray the role of Elsa so the most dramatic moment for me is when I come out for "Let It Go!" It's intense. There are so many amazing effects going on, I have snow around me, and as the beginning of the song plays there's smoke and fog all around me. That moment isn't just cool for people to watch, for me there's a lot going on inside. I'm really nervous so any clapping or singing from the audience gives me so much energy in that moment to perform my best."
How do you prepare for this role?
"It is such a massive role that I take very seriously. Skating is the part of the job that Disney knew we could do already. Portraying these roles can be hard so when we come to Disney, they make sure we are fully prepared by giving us acting classes so once we hit the ice we are on point and ready to go. I had seen the movie Frozen before joining the show four years ago and I knew how important this role was to so many people."
You mentioned the opportunity to travel this world on this tour. What is your favorite city or country?
"We are so lucky to have the opportunity to see a new city every week. Even a world traveler doesn't get to go to a new place that often. Last year we were in Asia, the year before we were in Europe, the year before that was a states tour similar to this one. My boyfriend and I took a side trip to Cambodia and we loved it. In Europe, I visited my two favorite cities: Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The job is hard so we are very lucky to be able to have the chance to travel when we can while balancing our work."
What is the most challenging part of life on the road?
"Remembering to stay healthy, everyone knows how traveling makes you feel. We are still athletes so luckily we always have a hotel gym. Eating healthy and preparing meals from a hotel is a challenge but it's important to have a healthy body and mind."
What can the audience expect at your upcoming show?
"I hope you love it, if it's the first Disney show or not. We have something for everyone -- kids, grandparents, parents. I love coming out on the ice and seeing smiles on everyone's faces as they're singing along to Disney favorites like "Hakuna Matata" or one they've been singing in the car even when the kids aren't with them like "Let It Go!" Disney has been around for so long, it's been a part of everyone's life."
Who was your mentor/role model?
"My mom Trudy was my figure skating coach my whole life so she's been prominent in my life in every way. She was my teacher, my coach, my everything. I've seen her work so hard and she loves what she does so I'm trying to be like her with this role on tour. My mom teaches young skaters at the Shakopee Community Center and I hope they're proud as they come out to my first show back home."
Tickets for Disney on Ice 100 Year of Magic are still available here. Families are encouraged to arrive early to join a special pre-show celebrating in honor of Mickey's 90th birthday.
Created: December 02, 2018 09:57 AM
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