By Bailey Lucero-Carter
This October, a cold front blows in as Disney on Ice presents “Frozen” makes its first appearance at the Patriot Center. The Disney blockbuster is touring this year for the first time on ice and will feature everyone’s favorite characters, including Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf. The show will also feature Hans, one of the most multi-faceted and enigmatic characters in the production. He is played by Adam Loosley, a Canadian-born skater who expresses sincere joy and excitement for the show.
What makes Disney on Ice presents “Frozen” different from “Frozen” the movie?
“This really is a production that transports you to Arendelle. You get to really be a part of the action and a part of the story. This is a great live production with not only great skating, … but this show especially has a lot of technical aspects that are really cool, pun intended. We have several snow machines, we have a big marshmallow that comes out in the second act. The set itself four or five different big screens coming from the grid to help tell the story and add color. … I’ve been a part of several Disney on Ice productions and this really has been taken to a new level of technical aspects that really help to make you feel like you’re in Arendelle. When it starts to snow, you feel cold. It’s really, really neat.”
Are there any other special and visual effects, particularly with Elsa’s powers?
“Elsa’s powers, when she creates her castle on the North Mountain—of course it’s the end of Act One, it’s her Let it Go that everyone is waiting to see—she actually, with her powers, constructs her own ice palace and she moves this castle into place. … By the end of it, she has crystals and snow and an ice palace and a staircase and the grid has changed and the lighting has changed. You really do feel like, wow, that was just created. And it really is a moment to end Act One and it’s my favorite part of the show.”
Do you change your skating style throughout the performance based on Hans’ character?
“It’s such a contrast right from the movement of my hands, the way I hold my body, the story I’m telling definitely changes. … It’s a very, very challenging but fun role to play because I get to be such contrasting characters but playing the same one at the same time. I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of Prince Hans and the complexity of his movements, his acting, and his story.”
Who is your favorite “Frozen” character?
“Olaf because he likes warm hugs! … Who doesn’t like Olaf? Boys, girls, everyone loves the friendly, huggable snowman. He definitely makes an appearance in this show and his humor cracks me up. … He just makes me laugh and smile.”
Even with 12 shows, tickets for Disney on Ice presents “Frozen” are quickly selling out. Available tickets can be found on Ticketmaster.
Disney on Ice presents “Frozen”
4400 University Dr, Fairfax
October 22 – 27