Playhouse Disney hits the Tucson Arena stageby Gabrielle Fimbres on Jan. 16, 2009, under Calendar, Family, Local
Kids can dance and sing along with Mickey Mouse, Pooh, Tigger and other friends Friday at “Playhouse Disney Live!”
The stage production, based on Playhouse Disney television shows for preschoolers, will be performed at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Tucson Arena.
The show spotlights characters from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Little Einsteins,” “Handy Manny” and “My Friends Tigger & Pooh.”
July Ruiz, 21, plays the role of Postess in the show.
“I deliver the mail to the Playhouse Disney characters,” Ruiz said in a telephone interview. She delivers invitations to Mickey’s musical party, where each guest is asked to bring a song.
Characters go on an adventure to find their perfect song, and the audience gets to help, Ruiz said.
She said the show is interactive, with kids and parents participating in all of the fun.
“Kids really get into it,” Ruiz said.
“For most kids, it’s the first time they see a stage show,” she said. “How fun to see your favorite characters come to life. We want kids to stand up and dance and parents to have a great time watching their kids have a great time.”
Ruiz, a native of Bogota, Colombia, has performed the show in 25 states since joining the cast in August.
“The most rewarding part of my job is to see the children smile,” Ruiz said.
IF YOU GO
What: Playhouse Disney Live!
When: 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.
Info: 321-1000, ticket master.com