Photo: Feld Entertainment
Photo: Feld Entertainment
March 15, 2019 10:10 PM
'Disney On Ice presents: Mickey's Search Party' is innovative, unique and exciting. It brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through aerials and acrobatics as familiar stories unfold.
Abigail Walker performs as Tinkerbell and spoke to us about the most exciting parts of this weekend's stop in Minneapolis at the Target Center. Families are sure to leave with memories that will last a lifetime.
She sat down to answer some questions about her and the show.
How old were you when you began skating?
"I was 10-years-old. I watched Ice Princess and fell in love with the dresses."
Where are you from?
"I was born in Burnsville but moved away when I was six-months-old. Most of my family still lives in Minneapolis so I spent most of my summers at Pelican Lake. I skated at the Red River Valley Club when I would visit and loved it."
How did you get started with Feld Entertainment and land the role as Tinker Bell?
"I joined 'Disney On Ice presents Frozen' last year and when I heard that this new show 'Disney on Ice presents Mickey's Search Party' was going to have the Tinkerbell character I got so excited. She is my absolute favorite Disney character. I love her sass! When I found out I got the role I immediately called my mom and started crying because I was just so happy."
How do you prepare for this role?
"We started the show build last June. Because there are so many aerial and acrobatic apparatuses, they brought us in a little early to train, especially the part featured in the 'Be Our Guest' segment. It's fun because I also play a napkin that moves through the air so it's a whole new perspective. I'm used to seeing the audience on the ice but when you're above them it's incredible."
"To prepare for my Tinkerbell character, I watched the movie so I can learn her movements, mannerisms and I also trained with a Disney character trainer. It's incredible to see how many ways you can interpret skating depending on the character. Other than that, you just put your own personality into it."
What has been your favorite stop on this tour so far?
"We just got back from Canada and it was fun to hear the show in French-Canadian. Seeing how their culture responds to our show was really eye-opening."
Do you get time to explore new cities during your stops?
"Yes, we usually have a couple of off days right when we get to the city. We can explore historic landmarks, museums, local restaurants.
We're excited to come to Minnesota because one of the skaters who plays Elsa is from Minneapolis."
What is your favorite part of the show?
"I love the aerial acts! During the 'Toy Story' segment, we have green toy soldiers and the choreography is so sharp but on top of that we have the teeterboard act where people will jump onto one side of the see-saw, other people do back-flips onto chairs, people launching onto lifts. There's also acrobats on Chinese poles all while this is going on. It's cool to see how it's developed from the ice to the air and includes aerials and acrobatics. Everything highlights each other and it's exciting to watch fans reactions."
What advice would you give to young skaters?
"Follow your dreams. Find what you love and work at it. If you're finding that you don't like competing but you love performing, then that's the way to go."
Who is your mentor?
"I grew up skating in Nashville, Tennessee where skating isn't really the biggest sport but we had some amazing skaters with amazing work ethic. One of my coaches Molly Quigley Moenkhoff was a show skater, too. She's one of the biggest reasons I'm where I am today."
What is one of the most challenging parts of life on the road?
"Doctors appointments. Finding someone when you're in a new city for only a week and only have a certain off day can be so hard."
'Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party' runs through March 17.
Updated: March 15, 2019 10:10 PM
Created: March 15, 2019 10:04 PM
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