Toy Story characters hit the ice rink in Columbia
The toys are back in town.Beginning Thursday and running through the weekend, "Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3" will be performing at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia."The tour's been going great. We get a great response from the crowd because everybody loved the movies," said Adam Loosley, who plays the pull-string cowboy Woody. "What's great is no matter where you go in the world, the Toy Story franchise is funny ... it's something the whole family can enjoy."This isn't Loosley's first go with a Disney on Ice production, he has been skating since he was just 3 years old, but said he keeps gravitating back to the franchise."It's great because eight years ago I was a part of 'Toy Story 2' and I was Woody," Loosley said. "That character has always been close to my heart because it's in my roots."I grew up on an ice rink, but after years and years of skating and competing I was missing something - the acting. So this is kind of a 2-for-1 deal for me.""Toy Story 3" features all the favorites from the film, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the gang as they escape from the Sunnyside Daycare and race home in their most daring adventure ever.A few new faces will also join the group including Barbie's groovy bachelor Ken and Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. Along with the new story, the action-packed performance will also feature memorable moments from the first two movies."It's great to hear the crowd reaction when their favorite character comes out, it's really motivating," Loosley said. "You get the full experience of all three movies and it's high energy, right from the get-go."There will be six performances over the weekend, and Loosley promises there will be something for everybody."The kids love to see their favorite characters and the dads can appreciate the lighting and special effects - it's really cool," Loosley said. "The moms can appreciate the costumes, it's one of the most aesthetic pleasing shows I've been a part of. And we have some really great choreography, too."Tickets range from $13 to $22, with $31 VIP seats and $41 rinkside seats for the April 12, 13, 14 and 15 dates. They can be purchased at the Lexington Medical Center Box Office inside Colonial Life Arena by calling (855) 4-LMC-TIX (456-2849) or online at www.LMCtix.com.Chris Walsh is the arts and entertainment reporter for the Aiken Standard. He graduated from Valdosta State University and hails from Atlanta, Ga.