I went to a princess show, and I loved it.
You could say that I've had a change of heart.
When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong.
That line was spoken by one of my favorite actors in one of my favorite movies. Do you know it?
I still don't like the princess mentality that is pervasive among girls and young women. At the same time, I don't believe it's harmful to pretend. Grace pretends to be a puppy, a piggy, a veterinarian, a gardener, a teacher, and about thirty-five other things in the course of each day.
This week, she pretended to be a princess.
And wasn't she a cute one?
Stories, in the right context, can be just stories.
The stories that I'm talking about are in the show Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics. It is currently touring the country, and we attended opening night in Hershey, PA.
They'll be in Hershey through tomorrow (Sunday, April 11), so if you're local, check out this coupon code.
We were fortunate to have a special opportunity to meet Cinderella herself before the show. Everyone got into the excitement, including PopPop and Nana, who took turns wearing Grace's tiara.
The whole time that we waited for Cinderella, Grace whined and whimpered that she was scared.
I don't want to meet the princess. I'm afraid!
When Cinderella came into the room, Grace nearly jumped out of her skin. She was not scared any more. In fact, she was thrilled, and she had a hard time waiting her turn.
The very first thing that Cinderella said to Grace was that her dress was just beautiful. She had a knack for reassuring my shy, scared little girl.
Cinderella asked who Grace's favorite princess was. Grace said the same thing the girl before her said – Ariel.
Grace has never seen the Little Mermaid. I tried to show it to her once, but she cried, and said there was a shark in it and she was scared. I'm not sure she even knew who Ariel was.
Every day since the show, Grace has talked about the beautiful girl in the blue dress who was so nice and so beautiful and her favorite, but that day, her favorite was Ariel. I couldn't believe it.
Cinderella was lovely and gracious; she told Grace she'd say hello to Ariel for her.
I took a gorgeous picture of Grace and Cinderella, with both of them smiling beautifully and looking at the camera. The only problem is that my camera now says that it's corrupted and I can't figure out how to fix it. If you know how, please tell me!
For now, this is the only picture I have of the two of them:
After our special meeting with Cinderella, we joined the public for the show. As soon as we were seated, Grace discarded her princess dress. I guess I don't have to worry about the pretending becoming a problem.
(I know that's a lousy self portrait, but I included it anyway. It's all about the excitement on that little face.)
Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics
Please forgive me for the cliche I'm about to impart.Ã‚
Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics is an evocative show that your entire family will adore.
I'm not just saying that. Nana and PopPop reminisced about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I reveled in the shows I grew up with: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Joe loved Snow White and The Little Mermaid.
The thing I liked most about this show was that it was appropriate for anyone. I saw adults there by themselves. Grace, at 2, didn't know all of the characters or the movies, but the music and skating kept her entertained and interested. There's no reason to leave boys at home; it's like watching the Disney movies in real life. Even a few of the villains showed up to make things interesting.
Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics is all about stories.
The first half of the show included vignettes from six of the princess movies: Aladdin, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Mulan, and Sleeping Beauty, with some Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Tinkerbell for good measure.
The show's music is from the original movie soundtracks, and the dialogue is from the movies, too. The voices were just as I remembered, and I found myself singing along so often that Grace eventually said, No singing, Momma. I'm trying to listen to the music.
There was a brief intermission, during which Gracie was imitating the characters.
Look! This is what the dancers do!
The second half of the show was the Cinderella story, complete with the wicked step-mother, the naughty step-sisters, and four of the mice.
And then, of course, an exciting finale extravaganza.
I was wrong about the princess thing. We can pretend. We can enjoy princess stories. We might even be better for it in the long run.
Go see Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics. You'll like it as much as your kids will.
I received free tickets to the Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics show and access to a special pre-show Meet & Greet event in order to write this review.
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