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Saturday, 7 January, 2012 1:23 PM

'Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove' coming to the Palace for nine shows, March 14 - 18

Photo credit: Disney on Ice

The new musical "Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove" will run from March 14 - 18, 2012 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Disney on Ice returns to the Palace of Auburn Hills for its annual wintertime run. This year's musical is titled Treasure Trove and it will be completely new from the ground up. It commemorates the legacy of Disney's animated films over the last 50 years. Treasure Trove will feature Rapunzel and Flynn, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Snow White, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Simba, Pumbaa, Alice and Mad Hatter. Tickets starting at $15 will go on sale starting Friday, Jan. 20 at all Ticketmaster outlets.

"I'm actually from Port Huron, Mich. and I grew up learning to skate and playing hockey for a couple of years," said performer Justin Williams in an exclusive phone interview. "Through a friend in the family, I switched over to take figure skating lessons. I trained as a competitive figure skater for quite a few years in Rochester Hills. Then in 2008, I joined the Disney on Ice tour."

He will be one of the performers in the new Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove musical.

"It is a brand new show that is being put out this year by Feld Entertainment," Williams explained. "It features over 50 Disney characters. It goes through what we call the treasure trove vault of movies. It features the very first features film of Snow White and the 50th film, which is Tangled. It also has Princess and The Frog, Lion King, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and many more."

Which characters will you be playing in the show?

"I play several different characters throughout the show and can be seen many times," he added. "There's so many and it can change from show to show. But many different ones. It's a really great family show to brings kids of all ages to enjoy the show even mom's and dad's. It's going to be very enjoyable for everyone to see."

How does it feel to be returning to play in your hometown of metro Detroit?

"I'm very excited for it, it will be my first time in over four years that I'll be able to play in Auburn Hills, Mich.," the figure skater and performer said. "It will be very exciting and hopefully, a lot of fun. I have never played any shows at the Palace before."

What was the audition process like? Was there only one audition or several rounds of them?

"For the audition process, I had one audition," Williams explained. "When I finished my competitive career, I got in contact with the lady who does the hiring and I sent her an updated video of my skating. Then, I got contacted via e-mail and she had a spot open and offered it to me."

How many cities are you going to visit on this our all together?

"I believe this tour is close to about 26-30 U.S. cities," he added. "We started in October, we began in San Diego, Calif. We moved through California and have been working west to east. There's about three months left right now."

What's next for you after Disney on Ice wraps up?

"I'm not quite sure, this is something I'm hoping to be doing for quite some time, the figure skater and performer said.

What advice would you offer to kids who are growing up who dream to be a figure skater/performer like you?

"I just always say with anything you're going to be doing whether it's figure skating, always practice and try hard and keep at it."

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove are available at the Palace of Auburn Hills Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, The Palace Locker Room Stores and www.ticketmaster.com. To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. Group calls 248-377-8638. Tickets start at $15.

For more information on Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove, visit disney.go.com/disneyonice.

Photo credit: Disney on Ice

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be featured in the new musical.

 

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