Disney on Ice presents ‘Frozen’ at Webster Bank Arena
Published 2:46 pm, Friday, December 29, 2017
As many American youngsters love to play baseball and football, Canadian boys often gravitate to hockey since there’s “plenty of ice” up North. But only a select few are able to turn their childhood passions into careers.
Canadian Mathew King, from Watford, Ontario, is one of the few to have made his dream come true — not as a hockey player but as a lead skater with Disney on Ice in “Frozen.” King comes to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena Thursday through Sunday Jan. 4-7 in the role of Kristoff, a mountaineer.
“Frozen” is based on the film, billed as the “number one animated feature film of all time.” The ice show, presented by Feld Entertainment, will mirror the movie.
For those unfamiliar with the film, Disney explains it this way: “The complete adventure of the Academy Award-winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers.
“Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear.” Audiences will be invited to sing along with such songs as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”
Also making appearances will be Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo” and Disney’s “The Lion King,” who “come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all,” says Director Patty Vincent.
Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport. Thursday, Jan. 4, and Friday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday Jan. 7, noon and 4 p.m. Tickets start at $15 on select performances. At the box office or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000
King, in a recent telephone interview, said that he is truly enjoying his role as Kristoff. “It’s the best,” he said, laughing. “I have a reindeer as a best friend. That’s hard to beat” — not to mention a love interest who happens to be the kind-hearted princess, Anna.
“Frozen has such a positive theme. Even though the sisters are totally different they share the bonds of family. Kristoff is a great role; whenever I make my entrance on to the ice, the energy from the audience is amazing ... and I try to give it right back.”
King, 35, said he began skating at age 7. As he grew older, he began investigating figure skating to “improve my skating in hockey.” As he developed as a figure skater, competitions were the next step.
In 2015, King auditioned for Disney and has never looked back.
“It’s more than I could have expected. I just love the cast, the energy, the vibe. Each performance is different ... a different place, a difference audience. I love the traveling, the touring and seeing new places.
And the best part, he said, is “making people smile and have a great time ... and (making them) even sometimes laugh.”
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