Disney on Ice is bringing princesses back to the Bay Area 

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Princesses never go out of style, and no one knows it better than Disney.

“Dare to Dream,” the latest Disney on Ice production — opening in San Jose on Wednesday before moving to Oakland on Feb. 27 — features two plucky contemporary Disney princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, in a kaleidoscopic extravaganza.

They’re joined by other famed characters, including Cinderella, Prince Charming, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and more.

At just 22, Kendra Moyle gets to live out Rapunzel’s dream on a pair of ice skates.

“I’m a big fan of all the Disney movies,” Moyle says. “I saw ‘Tangled’ right when it came out, so I was pretty excited to get to play this role. She’s a fun character, very spunky. She has a great personality.”

Of course, Rapunzel, who wields a giant cast-iron pan as her weapon of choice, has a big head of hair; the extensive wig isn’t the most convenient accessory for a figure skater.

“It took a lot of practice at first,” says Moyle, whose luscious locks go down to her ankles. “Now I’ve been doing it so long that I don’t even really think about it.”

Costumes are a big part of “Dare to Dream,” which uses more than 12 football fields worth of fabric to make the 178 costumes in the show, many of which are bedazzled by some quarter of a million Swarovski crystal rhinestones.
The production includes an aerial act starring Moyle and her skating partner Joseph Jacobsen as Flynn Rider of “Tangled,” twirling around on silk ropes 25 feet above the ice.

In preparation for the choreography, Moyle and Jacobsen trained at a circus camp in Sarasota, Fla., for six weeks, sans skates, followed by another six weeks on ice.

Plotwise, the show begins in New Orleans and quickly moves to the bayous where Tiana and Prince Naveen, from “The Princess and the Frog,” try to undo their inconvenient frog spell.

Cinderella’s quest for her prince follows, and the rowdy, medieval “Tangled” antics lead up to a grand, no-holds-barred princess finale.

“When I go out on the ice, I see all these little girls dressed up in their princess outfits,” Moyle says. “They fully believe that I am actually Rapunzel, but I am just bringing the Disney world to them, which is really cool.”

She adds, “It’s like you’re going to Disney World for two hours. It’s a little vacation, and I don’t think anyone is too old for Disney.”

lgallagher@sfexaminer.com

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