Disney brings live show to the area

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tickets are going on sale for one of the largest Disney stage productions ever to launched outside Disneyland and Diney World.

Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh will be performed at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer November 15 as the show tours the United States for the first time.

Winnie the Pooh and his friends bring the classic charm of the Hundred Acre Wood to the stage. Children and their parents will join Pooh and his friends in this exciting interactive family theatrical experience where the audience will imitate Pooh's renowned "stoutness" exercises, learn Tigger's exuberant Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce, play along with Rabbit's super-sized garden vegetables as they bound through the audience and help recreate other memorable moments from the world of Winnie the Pooh.

Ticket sales begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Events Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone via Ticketmaster at 712-262-4554, or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Pre-sale tickets are available now, only through Ticketmaster with the pre-sale code of ZXA. Pre-sale offer ends on May 11.

This production shows the Hundred Acre Wood as never seen before as bouncy Tigger, brave Piglet, gloomy Eeyore and their friends embark on a "splendiferous" journey to create a surprise birthday party for Pooh. Meanwhile Pooh bear encounters honey bees, heffalumps, adventure and friendship in his quest for a "little smackeral of hunny."

Tickets are $41.50 (front row), $29.50 VIP Seating; $20.50 Floor and Riser Seating; $15.50 Riser Seating.

Show Times: Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.disneylive.com.

Narrating the tale is Tracie, the storyteller who guides the audience through Disney Live!

The Hunny Helpers provide constant humor and hijinx as they help change scenes, interact with the audience and follow Tracie's direction throughout the story. Their wacky antics not only tickle the funny bone, but warm the heart.

"Creating this production of Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh on Stage has been a wonderful journey for all of us back to the days of fun and innocence exemplified by life in the Hundred Acre Wood," says Creative Director Jerry Bilik. "Our objective has been to open a portal that allows all who come to the show to visit this very special world and to enjoy their visit with the delightful characters who dwell therein."

Technology comes into play as one seen sees Pooh and Piglet "carried away" by balloons.

Director BT McNicholl says, "from the beginning, we went about making sure that each scene, each song and each moment was engaging in the best way."

From the moment the towering trees part on the stage, revealing the depth and beauty of Winnie the Pooh's world, to the moment the audience leaves the theater singing the signature "Winnie the Pooh" song, the show features lavish sets and costumes and state-of-the-art digital projection. Disney animators for the first time designed stage backgrounds inspired by the classic Winnie the Pooh tales. A cast of 15 performers takes to the stage under the choreography direction of Christopher Gattelli, whose theater credits include Chess, Adrift in Macao and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Gattelli says it takes a good sense of humor and fun to build the numbers for the show. "The dance numbers have to play on two different levels so that both children and adults are entertained and involved as participants."

Drawing from the vast library of Pooh music, Music Director David Loud created new arrangements of songs such as "Winnie the Pooh," "Rumbly in My Tumbly," "The Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce" and other favorites into the show.