Disney On Ice is bringing its Dare To Dream show to London, complete with iconic animals, numerous princes and princesses and one homegrown performer who can’t wait for the show to begin.
Jacob Marsh will be hitting the Budweiser Gardens ice — alongside Rapunzel, Tiana, Snow White, Cinderella and many other Disney superstars — for performances March 10-13.
Dare to Dream will be Marsh’s second return to London with Disney on Ice after the 23-year-old skater was home for shows just a couple years ago.
It’s an experience he remembers fondly.
“It’s awesome. You have family and friends you might not have seen for six months, you get to hang out, catch up,” said Marsh who is in his fifth season with Disney On Ice. “It adds a little pressure with all those friendly faces in the audience, but I really love that home crowd. Being able to show them what I’m doing now, where my skating has come, it’s pretty gratifying having them see what I’m pretty proud of getting to do.”
A graduate of A.B. Lucas Secondary School, Marsh has always be a competitive person when it comes to sports.
Figure skating, ski racing, sailing, running, biking, and skiing were just a few of his passions.
However, life as a performer has given him experiences he never could have imagined when he was starting out on the ice at just five years old.
“I never really knew which sport I would end up following,” Marsh said. “This one offered me the best position; I’ve been able to travel around the world and I love it. I definitely made the right choice.”
Marsh has been to 34 countries with Disney On Ice.
London aside, his favourite was “probably” New Zealand, which he describes as being “like a postcard every turn you take.”
But with so many memorable places under his belt, it’s being on the ice with his castmates that gets Marsh most excited.
Dare To Dream features scenes from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and The Princess and the Frog, with one of the main segments featuring the stars of Tangled, including Rapunzel; her unlikely companion, Flynn; and Maximus, the Captain of the Guard’s determined horse.
With all that going on, not to mention the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White, Cinderella, Prince Charming and many other creatures and Disney royalty, Marsh admits there is “a lot going on” at any given moment.
A roster of “world-class skaters, all doing some pretty impressive tricks” throughout the show is just one of the things Marsh said audiences love about the show.
“It’s pretty entertaining and people of all ages are coming to enjoy the show all around the world,” he said. “I’m excited for friends and family and everyone back home to get to have the experience of seeing it.”
Being on the ice next to Mickey Mouse is certain not something Marsh envisioned himself doing as a young Londoner.
It’s a much different experience than competitive skating.
After all, in that arena (OK, on that rink), it’s not only judges watching his every move, but the audience, his coaches, and his peers.
It makes for a highly stressful atmosphere.
Being with Disney On Ice, however, is a different matter entirely.
“When you go out here (with Disney On Ice), you still have the expectation to give a good performance, but people are watching you to enjoy it, not judge what you’re doing,” Marsh said. “It’s a much more positive feeling and definitely you have a lot more positive influence on people. Seeing the children’s smiles out there in the audience . . . seeing them clapping and singing along with the music, it’s pretty amazing.”