Disney on Ice is back – with a new Frozen section set to wow young and old alike.
Ice skater Margot Haglund gets goosebumps and butterflies every time she steps out on the rink these days.
It is little wonder, for the American is taking on the mantle of one of the most famous women in the cinematic world – Queen Elsa of Arendelle.
For the uniniated – those without children – she is one of the stars of smash-hit Disney film Frozen.
And the stars of Frozen are part of the latest Disney on Ice spectacular, which opens in Sheffield today.
Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment ends with a spectacular Frozen segment, during which Margot takes to the ice to the hot song Let It Go.
She says: “It’s so wonderful. It’s a special thing to have that segment put into our show this year.
“It gives me butterflies and goosebumps every time because it’s something I’ll never forget – hearing the audience sing along with you as you are skating.
“It gives you so much energy. I think the songs are wonderful, people all ages love to sing them.
“I’ve seen young kids to adults just belting Let It Go out and I think it really resonates with people as it’s a powerful story.
“It’s about the love between two sisters and everybody has family and friends they feel that way about. Especially with Elsa, I know I can relate to that.
“It’s wonderful to play a character that is so inspiring. She really can relate to many different people and being yourself and embracing the talents you have.
“I think it really resonates with people on a deep level. That’s why Frozen is such a big sensation.”
Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment is at Sheffield Arena from Wednesday to Sunday, November 18 to 22, and also features characters from Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid and Cars.
However, it is Frozen that has everyone talking, as it’s the first time the mega-hit has been portrayed on ice in Sheffield.
Margot says: “I love it. I just feel so honoured to play such a special character.
“It’s so great to see all the little girls dressed up in the dresses. It really is a family show. There are so many different aspects to the show, it really does have something for everyone.
“There are so many great areas. We start off the show with Toy Story and that’s very high energy, you get to see Jessie, Buzz and Woody and there’s a really fun Spanish number and it really starts off the show in a happy, excited way.
“We then move on to The Little Mermaid and you really do feel like you are under the sea. It’s like stepping into the movie.
“Then we move on to the second half with Cars, which is really amazing, it’s animatronic cars which come to life right out on the ice and we finish with Frozen, which I just adore.
“I’m so happy it’s here. And yes, I can build a snowman. We have Olaf in the show.
“He’s a wonderful big snowman and he always gets a big reaction when he comes out.”
A show spokesman said: “Audiences will enter the fantastical wintery world of Arendelle with royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen.
“Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey with the hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff to find her sister, the magical Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.”
Nicole Field, producer, says: “Our re-creation of Arendelle and the visual splendor on the ice sets the stage for the magical transformation from summer to winter.
“While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”
In Radiator Springs, home of Cars, life-size Cars characters – Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and the crew – take their high-octane personalities to the ice.
Featuring state-of-the-art, custom animatronics, their eyes and mouths move with every twist and turn on the frozen highway. Mater has amusing antics in store as the Cars characters rock the ice with jumps, spins and freewheeling fun.”
Kenneth Feld, producer, says: “Worlds of Enchantment connects classic and new Disney stories.
“Audiences will be blown away in Radiator Springs when they encounter the unforgettable crew of animated cars, built to scale and live on ice.
“ They will see their all-time favorites like The Little Mermaid and Toy Story 3 and discover a story full of action, magic and unforgettable characters with Frozen.”
* Tickets are now on sale, priced from £16.80. To buy tickets, visit the arena box office at the venue in Attercliffe, call 0114 256 5656, or visit www.sheffieldarena.co.uk