For two years, I’ve wanted to “Let It Go.”
You know, let go of the Oscar-winning song from the 2013 movie “Frozen.” It is played ad nauseam on singing dolls, videos, keychains and other “Frozen”-related knickknacks peddled by the marketing geniuses at Disney. And being the father of a 6-year-old daughter, I’ve had more than my fill of the song.
So it was with some trepidation that I agreed to review “Disney on Ice’s Frozen,” which is in the midst of a six-day run at the Thomas & Mack Center. Of course, any parent bringing his or her children to the show would have to endure that song.
But as much as I wanted to let it go, the endearing tale of sisters Anna and Elsa that took place Wednesday night wouldn’t let me.
The floor of the arena, more accustomed to bouncing basketballs and broncing bucks, was transformed into a majestic winter wonderland. Though the sets depicting the kingdom of Arendelle and the isolated North Mountain were somewhat sparse, the production made up for it with creative lighting, effects (including fog, falling snow and pyrotechnics), sparkling sound and spectacular costumes.
Throughout the production, which took place over a two-hour period with about a 30-minute break, the 39 skaters donned an astonishing 108 costumes.
Queen Elsa’s hand-painted silk chiffon dress, from New York costume maker Parsons-Meares, was as shimmering as the light off the ice. Olaf, the lovable come-to-life snowman, was as adorable on the ice as he was on film. Sven, the reindeer companion of workingman Kristoff, was a four-legged wonder on ice. Marshmallow, the menacing abominable snowman who chases Olaf, Anna and Kristoff from the ice palace, surely sent shivers through the youngsters in the audience.
In addition to familiar “Frozen” characters, a full contingent of Disney characters, including Mickey and Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck, made cameo appearances at the beginning and end of the production.
And then there were the skaters. The principals:
• Becky Bereswill, a Houston native and junior international grand prix skating champion, played Elsa, who would grow up to become the reclusive, cold queen of Arendelle, scarred by a childhood accident that nearly killed her sister, Anna.
• Taylor Firth, a three-time U.S. National skating medalist, played Anna, the goofy, lovelorn princess whose heart can only be thawed by an act of true love.
• Londoner Jono Partridge, the United Kingdom’s top-rated skater in 2010, portrayed Kristoff, Anna’s unlikely true love.
• And four-time Hungarian national champion Marton Miklos skated in the role of Hans, Anna’s calculating and evil suitor.
The four were smooth, athletic (Partridge twice performed his signature move, the back flip) and emotive with the audience filled with wide-eyed and engaged children.
The evening was a delight to the eyes, ears and emotions. Seeing my spellbound, smiling daughter singing along as Elsa glided across the ice to the strains of “Let It Go” melted Dad’s sometimes-cold heart.
“Disney on Ice’s Frozen” continues at the Thomas & Mack Center with performances at 11:30 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. today and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets, $25 to $80, are available at UNLVTickets.com.
John Taylor is the Las Vegas Sun’s copy chief.