This weekend 17 x 40-foot containers will land in Auckland carrying the costumes and set of this mammoth show. It's one of the biggest in the world with 45 performers; 23 crew (including ice technicians); 21 nationalities on tour; 75 weeks performed; 5 continents; 25 countries; and 65 cities – all staged on one of the largest touring ice floors in the world framed by massive LED screens.
Co-directed by the brilliant mind behind Cirque du Soleil productions, Ka and Dralion, Guy Caron, Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Show On Ice is the first show of its kind to combine exceptional ice skating, aerial arts, puppetry and film. Sid, Manny, Diego and of course Scrat will be appearing as life-sized figures in an awe-inspiring journey based on the top-grossing international animated film franchises of all time. The story, music and lyrics have been created by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson (Cirque du Soleil, Holiday on Ice and APM Music).
Dialogues are supervised by Michael Berg, who co-wrote the Ice Age films while character visualisation design is headed by co-director Michael Curry of Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney, Olympics, The Lion King.
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Show On Ice tells a new story based on the first three films in which Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the motor-mouthed sloth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger set out to rescue young mammoth Peaches when she is kidnapped by an evil bird called Shadow.
Helped by Scrat, the acorn-loving squirrel, they have all kinds of adventures during the show which is performed on ice and described as "spectacular" by production operations manager Irina Grygor.
"The message behind the show is of family values, friendship and helping each other by giving each other a hand," says Grygor.
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Show On Ice recently finished their Australian tour where they received rave reviews. “A visual feast for all ages… If you need any more proof, take it from the mouths of the three children in my company who described it breathlessly as ‘awesome’, ‘cool’ and ‘fun’. They sat still the entire time, spellbound. You can’t ask for anything more than that,” says the Newcastle Herald.