Preview: Disney on Ice brings trove of classic treasures to Consol
Eleven years with Disney on Ice has allowed principal skater Katie Lingen-Erickson to travel the world as she's lived her dream.
“The most important thing to me and the reason I started and stayed so long (with Disney on Ice) is I love figure skating and performing for the audience,” said the Apple Valley, Minn., native who portrays Snow White and Alice in Wonderland in “Treasure Trove,” which opens at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday and runs through March 3.
“Treasure Trove” showcases a medley of eight Disney animated films including its first full-length one, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and its 50th, “Tangled.” More than 50 Disney characters are featured in the Feld Entertainment ice show.
Lingen-Erickson joined the ensemble cast of “Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey” in 2002 and since has performed in “Princess Classics,” “Princess Wishes” and “Disneyland Adventure.”
“This is one of my favorite shows I've performed in,” Lingen-Erickson said of “Treasure Trove,” adding that her mother said it's one of the most entertaining. “She loved it; there's magic about this one, with all the stories in it. It really does cover the full spectrum of Disney.”
While on tour in Washington last week, Lingen-Erickson said she's honored to portray Snow White in “Treasure Trove.”
“She holds a very dear spot in people's hearts.”
Through her figure skating, she said, “I'm putting out what you would expect if you would meet Snow White.”
Lingen-Erickson also has the opportunity to assume the character of a playful, curious girl as Alice in Wonderland. “It's really fun to jump back into that part.”
“We bring these stories to life through the skating and the music, the lighting and the props,” she explained.
Lingen-Erickson stressed that “Treasure Trove” will appeal to girls and boys, and includes action-packed scenes such as the swashbuckling pirates in “Peter Pan” and the comedic duo Timon and Pumbaa in “The Lion King.”
Throughout her years with Disney on Ice, Lingen-Erickson has traveled all over the world, including Asia, Europe and Australia. Her favorite place to visit internationally is Japan, from the people, the culture and the food, to the beauty of the countryside.
“Even though I don't speak Japanese, it doesn't matter. There wasn't a single person who wouldn't help me,” she noted of her visits there.
Pittsburgh also is a favorite tour stop for Lingen-Erickson, and she said she looks forward to showing the city to her husband for the first time next week. A member of the show's crew, the couple met six years ago and married in May. “I met him when he was opening the curtain for me when I was Tinkerbell.”
Shelley Veltri is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1957, or firstname.lastname@example.org.