- The Washington Times - Friday, October 27, 2006

By Athena Gardner, age 7

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School, Woodbridge, Va.

The Disney on Ice show “Princess Wishes” at the George Mason University Patriot Center was amazing. It had all of the princesses except for Pocahontas. My favorite scenes were with the Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin with Jasmine.

From the “Little Mermaid” story, I really loved the beginning. It was great to see the cool tricks the crew members on the ship were doing. I loved how the story started with skaters jumping on a seesaw to get on top of a chair that was propped up with a stick. I also liked the part when Ursula took Ariel’s voice. It was awesome how her voice disappeared and how Ariel’s tail changed into a skirt when she became a human.

For the “Sleeping Beauty” set, my favorite part was when Prince Phillip fought Maleficent when she was the dragon. I loved the cool effects of the fire and smoke that came out from her nose and mouth. My second-favorite part from that same scene was when Prince Phillip put the sword through the dragon’s chest.

In the “Aladdin” story, which featured Jasmine, I liked it when they were singing the song “A Whole New World.” I also loved the fantastic tricks they did while skating together.

The one story the show focused on most was Ariel’s. I wished they had done it for all of the princess stories. If I had to choose the one I would have liked to have seen all of, it would have been Aladdin’s story. I especially would have loved to see the part when Jasmine is in the hourglass and Aladdin destroys Jafar and saves her.

Before the show began, I spoke to one of the Disney skaters. Her name was Kristy Brown, and she told me that she was 26 years old. Miss Brown was born in Ontario. She said her favorite part about traveling was going to different cities and learning other languages. Her favorite color is pink, and she has many hobbies other than skating.

Miss Brown also told me that she started skating at the age of 3. She has played different characters during some of the Disney on Ice shows. Miss Brown has been in the “Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo” shows.

Her job for this show was to help the other skaters learn their moves. Before it was time for her to get back to work, we took pictures. I liked talking to her because she is very nice and I hope to see her again.

Overall, I would give this show four stars. If I had four thumbs I would give it four thumbs up.

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