Anything goes with Disney’s cartoon rules

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Who’s your favourite Disney character? Well, no matter who it is there’s a good chance they could be in Sunderland this summer.

A show featuring the most popular cartoon characters, Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, is gearing up to bring a high-energy, fun-packed live stage adventure to the Sunderland Empire stage.

The Disney Live show whisks audiences on a wacky, fun-filled journey with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as they embark on an talent search adventure, filled with unexpected encounters and their best buddies.

As this original storyline unfolds, families can sing, dance and laugh along with Tigger, Cinderella and her conniving stepsisters and Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends from Toy Story.

“In Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, fun knows no boundaries,” says producer Kenneth Feld. “Audiences will feel like they’re seeing a cartoon come to life as they experience the humour, hijinks, twists and turns of Mickey’s road trip and talent show.

“The only rules are ‘cartoon rules,’ and anything goes.”

The excitement begins when Mickey and his pals decide to put on a talent show, with Mickey as the director, Minnie as the costume designer, Goofy as the clumsy stagehand and Donald in charge of the big “Ka-Pow!” Realising that they need more performers, the troupe embark on a road trip in Mickey’s fantastical bus, where they face a series of misadventures and eventually round up a few friends to help put on their show.

“What sets this show apart is how we unite characters that normally exist in separate worlds and incorporate the kind of music that kids listen to everyday to create a fresh, original story,” says director Jay Smith.

“We want families to feel like they’ve played as much a part in the show as those on stage, so whether they join Cinderella as she sings Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, bounce along with Tigger to The Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce, or rock and roll to songs by the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, there is really something for .”

Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show features a blend of music that incorporates both classic and remixed Disney songs.

Music director Stan Beard said: “The music is the energy behind everything.

“We wanted to show a different side of traditional characters, so we used the song selection to add a little edge, which opened up endless possibilities for fresh takes on well-known Disney friends.”

* Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show is at Sunderland Empire from August 28–September 1.

Tickets, priced £19-£23 can be bought in person from the Box Office on High Street West, Sunderland, the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022 and online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.