Disney On Ice will bring to life “Frozen” — in Atlanta October 8 – 12 at Philips Arena.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently interviewed Taylor Firth from New York, a former competitive figure skater, who portrays Princess Anna.
Q: What is it like to play the role of Anna?
A: It’s amazing. Those little kids light up when you come on the ice and it’s so fun. There are so many kids who dress up as their favorite Disney character. … It makes me want to portray the character honestly. For me, portraying the role of Princess Anna, I want to bring as much of her energy and bubbly personality as possible onto the ice. She is the stereotypical 15-year-old princess: She is excited and wants to meet everyone, but because she has been so sheltered in life, she is a little awkward. She doesn’t think before she speaks. For me, it was super easy because my personality is close to hers. I am a lot like her.
Q: What was it like preparing for the role?
A: The director of the show takes a lot of time with each performer to go over character things, things I wouldn’t have thought of — like the way Anna holds her shoulders. At times, it’s higher than normal. She is uncomfortable, awkward. And there is a scene in the show when Anna throws a snowball at Marshmallow the big snow monster and I am personally right-handed but Anna throws left-handed, so I had to throw the snowball left-handed. It took a little practice, and at first I couldn’t throw a snowball very far with my left hand, but I’ve gotten better.
Q: How long did you rehearse to get ready?
A: We rehearsed for six weeks, several hours each day, long days.
Q: What are your favorite scenes?
A: I love the opening number when different characters — Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, etc., come onto the ice and talk about love and friendship.
My favorite to skate in is “Love Is an Open Door.” The guy that plays Hans — we have been skating five years together. We were “Woody” and “Jessie” together for two years in “Toy Story” (on ice) and we have great chemistry. It’s fun to skate together.
Q: Can you relate to the story of “Frozen”?
A: Yes, absolutely. I have three sisters and we are close. You may be different from your sister but you love each other. There are four of us sisters, and I am the second oldest. I am 23.
Q: While on tour, what are your favorite things to do with your free time?
A: I love sightseeing, cooking, shopping, going to the movies, and relaxing at the hotel. I also love spending time with my friends — whether it is going out on the town or sitting in one of our rooms talking.
Q: What’s it like to live on the road?
A: It’s very exciting. I get to be in a different city every week, and I am looking forward to exploring Atlanta and in particular going to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Still, all of the travel and performing can be exhausting, so I need to be sure I get my proper rest.
CLICK HERE TO SEE A SNIPPET FROM SHOW: http://www.accessatlanta.com/videos/entertainment/frozen-sizzle/vCtynh/
Tickets are on sale now for all 11 shows (To order tickets by phone: 1-800-745-3000; To order tickets online: http://www.philipsarena.com)
The Academy Award winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”