HED:Disney’s Toy Story coming to Coliseum; it should be cool

AUTHOR: HYNUM

HED:Disney’s Toy Story coming to Coliseum; it should be cool

By Rick Hynum

Daily Journal

What: “Walt Disney’s World On Ice – Toy Story”

When: Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 11-14

Where: Tupelo Coliseum

Showtimes: 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticket prices: $15.50 and $13.50. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 11, at the Coliseum Box Office. Opening night is Family Night and all tickets are $5 off. Kids under 12 get a $2.50 discount on Friday afternoon. (Discounts do not apply to rinkside seats.)

Elvis Presley Tie-in: On Monday, Aug. 11 only, the first 193 visitors from the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum may bring their museum ticket stub to the Coliseum Box Office for an additional $5 discount.

It took millions of gigabytes, texture maps and minuscule pixel objects to bring Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Mr. Potato Head to life in Disney’s “Toy Story.”

Now the popular film characters have been “morphed” into real-life dimensions as an international cast of skaters recreate the adventure in “Walt Disney’s World On Ice Toy Story,” an $8 million family entertainment production that will play five engagements in Tupelo next month.

The live on-ice extravaganza plays Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 11-14, at the Tupelo Coliseum. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets will go on sale Monday at the Coliseum Box Office. Regular ticket prices are $15.50 and $13.50. A $5 discount will be offered on Thursday night. A $2.50 discount is also offered to children under 12 for the Friday afternoon performance.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, the first 193 visitors from the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum will receive a $5 discount. To qualify, you must bring a Birthplace ticket stub to the Coliseum Box Office on Monday, Aug. 11.

Choreographed by Olympic gold medalist Robin Cousins, “Toy Story” features careening car chases, daring rescues and astounding special effects and lighting as well as music from the original soundtrack. An all-star cast, including film stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, lend their voices to the production.

“Toy Story” relates the adventures of Woody, the pull-string cowboy, and his rival Buzz Lightyear, a “space ranger” who hasn’t yet realized he’s a toy. As they vie for the attention of Andy, their 6-year-old owner, the two feuding toys find themselves lost in the outside world. Joining forces to find their way home, they land in the clutches of Sid, an obnoxious neighborhood boy whose hobby is creating mutant toys.

As Woody and Buzz plot their escape, they discover the true meaning and value of genuine friendship.

The on-ice version of “Toy Story” stars American Eddie Gornick as Woody and Russia’s Stanislov Jirov as Buzz Lightyear.