Disney favourites come alive on ice

Twirling princesses, pirate sword fights and teacup rides will mesmerise thousands of children as one of the world's most well-known ice skating companies brings its latest show to WA tonight.

Following its Princesses and Heroes tour last year, the company's first show in WA in 13 years, Disney on Ice will return for eight performances of its Treasure Trove at Perth Arena.

Performance director Tara Patterson said characters spanning 50 years of animated films would be featured in the two-hour show, including Snow White, Peter Pan and characters from the 2010 film Tangled.

Toy Story characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear will open with the song Round Up, which Ms Patterson said was the first of many songs in which children are asked to join in.

Children and parents have been known to dress up as their favourite characters for the company's previous ice shows.

"I think it's great because this show is not just orientated around the princesses," Ms Patterson said. "It's for the little boys as well and we've got sword fights and genies and Toy Story as the opening."

A cast of 38 ice skaters, including former competition skaters from Russia, Japan, the US and one skater from the Eastern States, are performing up to 12 shows a week in a crammed Australian schedule that will finish in Sydney on July 13.

This week, the company announced it would perform a show based on the hugely popular movie Frozen.

Tickets are still available for the Treasure Trove shows, which finish on Sunday.

The West Australian

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