IF YOU GO
• What: Disney on Ice’s “Treasure Trove”
• When: 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday
• Where: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth
• Cost: $25 to $75
• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcente...>
DULUTH -- Walt Disney has created hundreds of characters throughout the years, stretching back to the early 1920s. Friday through Sunday, generations of Disney fans can gather at the Arena at the Gwinnett Center to catch a glimpse of their favorite character at Disney On Ice's "Treasure Trove."
All of the crew will be there, including Princesses Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan, and Snow White. There will also be some other unusual cast members, like Rapunzel, Flynn, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Mad Hatter, plus "The Lion King's" Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon.
But there is one thing that makes a good story: a villain.
That's where Canadian ice skater Josh Bindon comes in as he plays "The Lion King's" infamous scoundrel, Scar.
"It takes a certain personality to play the villain," he said about the dastardly feline. "You're not everyone's favorite character, but I love conflict of the story. The villain always provides that. Without a good villain, there's no good story."
He has been playing the part as Scar for the past four years, but it isn't his first time taking on the personality of a cast member for Disney. He's also skated in "Disney Classics," "Monsters, Inc." and "Toy Story 3."
"I like the villains," Bindon said. "It broadens your horizons. It gives you a sense of a well-rounded performer."
But the skater doesn't want to scare children -- just create long-lasting memories.
"You can hear the families to talk about the show (afterward). They're so energized," he said. "They then have a memory to share for the rest of their lives."
Bindon understands how this type of show can become a happy memory with a family because had the same sort of experience as a child.
"I remember what Disney was for me growing up," Bindon said. "As a family, every Christmas we would see the new Disney movie that came out (at the theater). It was very special to me and that memory really sticks for me. I want families to walk away thinking (that the show) was wholesome and family-friendly -- that they had a great time as a family."
He added, "There's something for everyone. It's not all princesses -- and there is also world-class skating."