We recently had the opportunity to interview skater Courtney Mew who will be in El Paso from May 17 to May 21 performing at Disney on Ice presents Dream Big. It was such a joy to speak with her and share about our town’s love for the show. She gave us the inside scoop about the show and shared lots of details that we can’t wait to share with YOU!
Can you tell me a little about what families can expect from this particular show?
There are so many story lines. You’ll see classic princesses like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel but you’ll also see the forward thinkers who think on their feet and make decisions for themselves like Anna and Elsa. You’ll also have the classic feel-good characters like Mickey and Minnie. You’ll see different aspects that you wouldn’t expect to see on ice. We have acrobats from all over the world who always get a gasping reaction.
What makes Disney on Ice presents Dream Big special?
We cover so many bases. There’s a wealth of pair-skating that is different from other shows.
Is there going to be something for the boys?
There are different dynamics that make it not only for the girls. For example, the fire-breathing dragon from Sleeping Beauty. There’s something about getting to wear a cape and slay a dragon that the boys love. There’s a number with acrobats on Prince Eric’s ship from The Little Mermaid that’s filled with crazy jumps, spins, and tricks.
Are there any surprises we should look out for?
The under the sea segment has a lot of special effects so you feel like you’re actually under the sea, there’s even lots of bubbles which gets a good crowd reaction. Plus the amount of fireworks makes it feel like you’re getting a 4th of July experience in May. Tinkerbell will also make an appearance. Tiana opens the second act and it’s one of my favorite numbers because it’s like a party on ice and it gets the best crowd reaction.
What do you feel is the best thing about being a part of Disney on Ice?
I’m lucky that I get to do something that I love on a day to day basis. It doesn’t feel like a job. Getting to travel around the globe allows me to experience different cultures and countries I wouldn’t have seen without this opportunity.
This show is focused on living out your dreams, was ice skating a dream of yours?
It was. I have an about me book from when I was a little girl and it’s fun to look back. It changes from year to year, but my very first dream was to be a professional figure skater. Things work themselves out. I went to college and it was the last thing on my radar, but it still came back into play.
How did you get to working with Feld Entertainment?
After graduation the show came into my town and I auditioned. I was packing my suitcases two weeks later. I was just a little girl from South Caroline who liked to ice skate and now I’ve gone through two passports.
What was your favorite place to visit?
Probably New Zealand. Turkey was beautiful and the culture was so interesting. I’ve also been to Asia and Europe so many times. You take away something from ever country you visit. Learning to adapt is one of the best qualities, you learn patience in another way.
What do you hope the kids attending the show take home with them?
One of the most touching things is seeing the reactions on everyone’s faces. Sometimes the parents and grandparents get even more excited or touched. You’ll catch tears in their eyes. It’s truly an experience for the whole family. Disney brings out the kid at heart in everyone. You get to have that whole Disney experience without the travel to Florida or California.
And the kids want to know, who is your favorite Disney character and why?
Cinderella because I get to be here. The Little Mermaid came out when I was in elementary school and I remember being connected to the story because my dad was a pilot and Ariel had to leave her dad. I had a cassette in the car and I knew the words to every song. It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the show with all the imagery and colors.