Tuesday, September 10, 2013

HELP LOCALLY: Sep. 11, 2013 Free Disney On Ice Tickets in Exchange for Donations to Marillac Food Pantry #ChiDisneyOnIce

Disney On Ice Invites Chicago-Area Fans to Help Feed Hungry Neighbors on
National Day of Service, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sep. 11, 2013
Free Disney On Ice Tickets in Exchange for Donations to Marillac Food Pantry

In support of this year’s National Day of Service and Remembrance, Disney On Ice is inviting Chicago-area fans to help feed their hungry neighbors with donations to the city’s Marillac Food Pantry. 

Disney On Ice stars will be accepting non-perishable food donations from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 11, at the Marillac Social Center, 212 S. Francisco Ave., Chicago.

For each of the first 100 standard-size grocery bags of food received, up to a total of six bags per donor, Feld Entertainment will provide a free ticket to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, appearing Sep. 11-15 at Chicago’s United Center.  Easy, pull-up donation drop-off will be available on the south side of Adams, just west of Francisco.

Among the highest-demand food pantries in Chicago, the Food Pantry at Marillac serves the city’s West Side “food desert” where, according to a Greater Chicago Food Depository study, more than 50,000 residents are food insecure. The poverty rate in the communities served by Marillac averages over 30 percent, and in East Garfield and North Lawndale, it’s closer to 45 percent. The Food Pantry at Marillac currently serves an average of more than 1,000 families every month, and demand continues to grow. For additional information, visit www.marillachouse.org.

Disney On Ice calls Chicago’s West Side home, twice each year, with a combined three weeks of performances at the United Center, and its producer, Feld Entertainment, maintains a year-round office in the city. For more information or to buy tickets to the Sep. 11-15 United Center performances of Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, log on to www.disneyonice.com or call (800) 745-3000. You can also visit Disney On Ice on Facebook or YouTube.

One-of-a-Kind Skating Spectacular

ChiIL Mama will be there opening night... will YOU?!   We'll have our usual photo filled recap up shortly.   We've been part of the FELD blogger community for years now and it's our pleasure to once again be partnering with them for the 2013-14 season.

More Than 60 Disney Characters Set to Glide into
Chicago’s United Center, Sep. 11-15

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from Disney’s MulanThe Lion King and Pinocchio, and Disney/Pixar’s Finding NemoThe Incredibles and Toy Story, will take to the ice for a grand celebration in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Sep. 11-15, at the United Center. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes.

With Mickey and Minnie leading the fun, audiences enjoy breathtaking production numbers choreographed by Emmy Award®-winner Sarah Kawahara.  Kawahara previously worked with Michelle Kwan and choreographed the skating segment for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Complementing Kawahara’s fabulous skate sequences are the memorable tunes compiled by music directors Art Kempel and Stan Beard that bring the wonderful memories of Disney to life on ice. Scenic Designer David Potts and Lighting Designer LeRoy Bennett create the mood and settings that showcase extraordinary Disney moments.

Outfitting this cast of more than 60 characters was the challenge facing Costume Designer Scott Lane. His dazzling designs range from Mickey’s Marching Band, to the “It’s a Small World” dolls, to the stars of Mulan and Finding Nemo. The bright colors and minimal structure in the Nemo costumes allow the characters to move freely in order to mimic the natural movement in water.  Renowned designer Bob Mackie also lends his talents to a red sequined evening gown worn by Minnie.
Scenic Designer David Potts, who has worked on numerous Broadway productions, creates a theatrical atmosphere on ice. Skaters weave around and enliven the “It's a Small World” sequence amidst sparkling floats that turn into a radiant light parade; a blanket of snow and an avalanche fall as Mulan battles the Huns; and a giant present is opened to reveal Buzz Lightyear as he’s first introduced to that favorite toy cowboy, Woody and his pal Jessie.

United Center performances of Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic are scheduled for 7 p.m., nightly, Wednesday, Sep. 11, through Sunday, Sep. 15. Additional performances will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday 7 p.m. show will be performed in Spanish.
Tickets, starting at $13, are available at the United Center Box Office, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, all Ticketmaster locations, on the web at www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices are $13, $20 and $25, with a limited number of $40 (weeknight) and $50 (weekend) VIP, and $55 (weeknight) and $70 (weekend) Front Row seats available. Parking is FREE in all official United Center parking lots. Service charges, facility and handling fees may apply.

For additional information, go to www.disneyonice.com or visit Disney On Ice on Facebook and YouTube.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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