7 fun facts behind-the-scenes of Disney’s Frozen
On February 1, Disney’s Frozen opens inside Segerstrom Hall, and this stunning production is a visual feast that has been praised by critics across the country for its imaginative scenic design, intricate costumes, and jaw-dropping special effects. This show uses the power of modern technology to enhance all of your favorite Disney magic moments, so let’s learn more about some of the national tour’s technical aspects!
Almost every piece of scenery is a projection surface at some point or another throughout the show.
The visual effects in Disney’s Frozen are second to none, and the intricate set design allows for every surface to act as a play space for video designer Finn Ross who transforms every square inch into a canvas—including the floor!
A load-in takes two days instead of the standard one day before a performance.
With a set as elaborate as this, you can imagine it takes some time to set everything up and make sure everything operates smoothly. Disney’s Frozen begins its run in Segerstrom Hall on Wednesday, February 1 to give the show time to load in its colossal set, hang lighting and electrical equipment, and prepare for 3 weeks of shows.
There are 44,154 stones and crystals on Elsa’s famous Ice Dress worn in “Let it Go.”
The multitude of glimmering fabrics and delicate beading are just a few of the stunning details on Christopher Oram's Olivier-nominated designs, and it actually takes 41 days for a single person to bead this entire dress!
All of the projectors use a laser phosphor-based light source.
No arc lamps are used in Disney’s Frozen, creating a much more environmentally friendly show that produces the same visual effects for audiences—just with much greater energy efficiency than a traditional lamp projector!
There are nearly 300 costumes in the show.
From coronation day attire to heavy winter gear, there are many costume changes within the show not only for Elsa and Anna, but for the large ensemble who portray townspeople, Hidden Folk, and more. These costumes were all custom-built for the show and were intricately designed by Christopher Oram, who also designed the sets for the show.
More than 5 miles of cable connect all of the components of the video systems together.
With over 30 computers of various types controlling the show’s video components, it takes a lot of wiring to bring it all together. You could stretch the cable used in Disney’s Frozen across nearly 90 football fields!
The front-of-house proscenium contains hieroglyphics that pay homage to different scenes in classic Disney movies!
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