By Michael Williams
The Magic of Disney on Ice is coming to the Knoxville Civic Center in their newest show, “Let’s Celebrate,” beginning Oct. 28 and running through Nov. 1.
Gretchen Trowbridge performs in the show playing a variety of roles. The current tour is Trowbridge’s 16th tour with Disney on Ice. The Minneapolis born skater maintains a summer home in Gatlinburg. Trowbridge began skating at the age of three.
“This upcoming show will be my third appearance in Knoxville and I am excited to be coming back,” said Trowbridge. “Knoxville is such a welcoming city.”
The new show is a colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy.
“Let’s celebrate goes across the calendar to celebrate holidays and international holidays and a winter wonderland with Toy Story,” said Trowbridge. “They celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter, a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. The Winter Wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear then there’s a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains.”
The troupe is on the road eight months a year. The show has enabled Trowbridge to travel the nation and to enjoy some international travel as well.
Bringing the magnificent show to life is a colossal undertaking that involves an entire crew to assemble the sets, prepare the ice, set up lighting and sound effects as well as transporting the production across the nation. A stage manager must be diligent is making sure more than 40 performers are in place at all times and the show moves long delighting audiences of all ages as they discover the magic of Disney.
While performing in the show is certainly its own reward, Trowbridge enjoys meeting the young fans at the show and offering some advice on pursuing their dreams. Many have asked Trowbridge how they might pursue a career in skating.
“Like any other goal in life, this goal must be met with hard work and dedication,” advises Trowbridge. “I would also encourage students to realize that even without winning major competitions, skating is full of smaller successes that can mean a great deal to individuals.”
Tickets to Disney on Ice can be purchased online. For more information, visit KnoxvilleColiseum.com.