Let’s start by just wrapping our brains around the fact that the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is not an ice rink. So dumping four tonnes of ice — FOUR TONNES! — is only the beginning of the incredible transformation that artistic director Tony Mercer needs for his creative vision.
Because then there’s the additional 30,000 pounds of ice required just to maintain the surface for the Imperial Ice Stars, who are set to bring the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty to life in Toronto on November 20 and 21.
And just who do you think knew about this upcoming performance? Miss Q. She heard it on the radio and said, “Mommy. We have to see that. I didn’t know that Aurora could ICE SKATE?!” It’s in these beautifully naïve thoughts that I’m reminded she’s only four years old. She still thinks Princess Aurora of Sleeping Beauty fame is real, and I love that.
So I was feeling pretty chuffed when the Sony Centre offered us a couple of tickets. Miss Q’s never been to an ice dancing show, and I haven’t been to one since I was a little kid. I’m excited to share this, and the stunning music of Tchaikovsky, with my mini me.
When I told her that we were going to see Sleeping Beauty on ice, she stopped in the middle of the kitchen, dropped what was in her hands, her jaw dropped open and — after a moment — ran over to me and hugged my leg, saying over and over: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
How’d you like to see the show, too?
The Sony Centre also generously gave me four tickets to give away for the Friday, November 20 performance at 7:30 p.m. To enter, tell me in the comments on this Facebook post WHY you should win and who you would take. You must live in Ontario to be eligible, and you understand that the tickets have no cash value and are not transferable to another date or time. A winner will be chosen by random.org on October 29, 2015.
And if you don’t win? Not to worry — you can buy tickets here.