TUPELO – The movie, “Finding Nemo,” takes place below the sea.
At the BancorpSouth Arena, the story will take place on the ice.
“We just have such a talented bunch of choreographers and creators of the show,” said Mark Lauzon, who performs the role of Marlin in the Disney on Ice production. “They went to the aquarium and studied fish and how they moved, and the different variety of fish, too. The costumes have been made to look like we’re actually in the water.”
Fans of the movie will find plenty they recognize in the live-action version of “Finding Nemo.” Clips from the Disney/Pixar film will be shown on a screen.
“It makes you feel like it’s going from scene to scene, as it would when you’re watching the movie,” Lauzon said.
Of course, the movie was made with computer animation, so the filmmakers had the freedom to create fanciful scenes that couldn’t be filmed in real life. But the Disney on Ice crew has a few tricks of its own.
“The whole story is very good, but I really enjoy the opening of the second half with the jellyfish number,” Lauzon said. “We have an aerialist who flies from the ceiling. She does a few tricks, just tumbling down from the ceiling.
“While she’s doing that, there’s some skating on the ice with some fluid movements. We portray the jellyfish as very pulsating and very soft, so it’s a very captivating number. It’s in black light, too, so it’s really powerful.”
In addition to Marlin and Dory, as well as Nemo and his pals in the aquarium, the live show will include extra cast members that most will immediately recognize.
“Kids will be able to see Mickey and Minnie because they come out and introduce the story and tell the story,” Lauzon said, “so they get to see more of the characters they love.”
You won’t need to hold your breath at the BancorpSouth Center, unless you get too caught up in the action and forget to breathe.
“It’s a show that really draws you in and makes you feel like you’re part of the story,” Lauzon said, “and makes you feel like you’re out there with them, and going on Marlin’s journey and trying to find his son.
“You’ll feel like you’re right there in the aquarium or right there in the shark’s teeth.”
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Disney on Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13; at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at BancorpSouth Arena. Tickets are $40 rinkside; $30 VIP; $20; $12. Facility fees and service charges may apply at box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.bcsarena.com, wwwticketmaster.com, (662) 841-6528 and (800) 745-3000.
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