By M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – If getting up on stage doesn’t scare you a little bit, there’s not much point in doing it.
“I think it’s very important that every time you go and perform, you always should have butterflies,” said Jamie Rae Allison, a performer with “Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show.” “You always should be nervous because it’s always a new crowd and you should go out and perform like it’s opening night.”
She has a point because both shows on Saturday at the BancorpSouth Arena will be new to the people who see them.
“For some of these kids, this is their first time seeing the Disney characters live and they get so excited,” the 27-year-old said during a phone interview from a tour stop in El Paso, Texas. “I love to hear the crowd when they first see Mickey Mouse. I’ve never heard anybody scream so loud. Little kids – they’re so little but they’re so loud and they get so excited.”
During the show, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse are touring the country on a bus. They’re trying to find performers for their talent show.
“The bus breaks down and Mickey’s looking for somebody to help him fix his flat tire, and Woody comes and lassos the bus,” Allison said. “That’s how Mickey Mouse meets Woody and all the ‘Toy Story’ characters. It’s pretty cute.”
Allison plays Woody’s friend, Jessie, who can keep three rope Hula Hoops spinning at the same time. That earns her an invitation to the talent show that takes up the second act.
“Of course, I love the ‘Toy Story’ parts,” she said, “but my other favorite part of the show is Cinderella’s two stepsisters. They want to be in the talent show, too.
“They have a shoe store, and they’re trying to sing and dance, and they’re not very
good singers, so they end up breaking all the glass slippers that are in their shoe store,” she continued, “but all they want to do is be in the show, and Cinderella takes all the attention away. It’s really funny because you never really hear too much about the stepsisters. They’re very, very silly.”
In addition to the main event, there will be a pre-show 15 minutes before the curtain rises. Cartoons from Disney
Channel’s Playhouse Disney will be shown on large screens to get everyone in the audience revved up.
During the pre-show, Allison probably will be backstage, making sure she’s good and nervous.
“When I’m not nervous, that makes me nervous. It works,” she said with a laugh. “If I’m backstage, I jump around and let my hands go all funny: ‘Oh, gosh, now I’ve got to perform.’”
Don’t expect to see any evidence of those jitters when she hits the stage. That’s show time, and she’ll be focused on making sure kids and kids at heart have a good time.
“There are a lot of costume changes, a lot of scene changes and a lot of surprises,” she said. “It’s a fast-paced show. The kids are definitely going to enjoy it.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.