The Magical Music of Disney
It was a night of magic at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge. After the orchestra performance, I wanted to go home and watch the classics all over again. We were stuck in traffic on the way to Cambridge, but the drive out there to catch this fundraiser performance was definitely worth it. Before I forget, here’s the rundown from the night.
The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra started us off with the Disney overture which included a piece of It’s a Small World before our host of the evening introduced us to Copenhagen’s own Little Mermaid with Under the Sea and we’ve all most certainly considered how many wonders can one cavern hold. Illustrations and a Mary Poppins (which I know the least about) medley followed by one of two of my all time favourites: Pocahontas and Beauty and the Beast. Grandmother Willow’s advice to listen with your heart is heart-warming and the love story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith amid the colours of the wind captivated me in my childhood. A little bit of Be Our Guest as the Beast’s loyal staff attempted to make Belle feel welcome and a bit of a tale as old as time where she meets Prince Charming.
After the intermission, we were treated to Frozen. Surprise surprise. The little girl across the aisle was super excited for this one. Olaf’s dreams of doing whatever snow does in summer and Elsa’s fears and he mantra to conceal, don’t feel, put on a show gives way to Jasmine and Aladdin’s magic carpet ride and a whole new world. Genie’s magic never ends and we will always love Robin Williams for his role in this classic. Can you feel the love tonight with Simba and Nala? I sure can. These two who grew up apart after the Mufasa’s tragic death because of Scar’s scheming and preparations for the coup of the century but they manage to find each other again. The Moonlight Serenade in Pirates of the Caribbean where we are introduced to Captain Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl bring pirate stories to a new level. I still remember going to watch the first Pirates movie in the cinema and laughing at the Captain’s antics as well as feeling a bit of the conflict Will Turner was experiencing with joining the pirates.
When will my reflection show who I am inside? This song was probably the one that resounded most with me as I was growing up. Trying to grow up and come to terms with myself and who I am takes time and Mulan’s journey wasn’t your average princess. She wasn’t even a real princess, but she was a girl worth fighting for.
To end off the evening, the audience was invited to sing along to It’s a Small World. It’s one of my favourite rides at Disney World. Not entirely sure why, but it is.