Connect with us

Family Fun

Robbie Harrison as “Buzz Lightyear” in Disney on Ice

Published

on

Robbie Harrison’s extraordinary talents as a professional ice skater have allowed him to accomplish major success at just 21 years of age.  Robbie has one of the most important roles in Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 3 as the beloved character, “Buzz Lightyear!”  Robbie told me that it was an amazing honor to be a part of this cast and he enjoys skating for thousands of adoring children in such an important role.

Robbie grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia and decided to try out ice skating at four years of age.  When I asked him what made him choose ice skating, he replied, “I did it because my big sister was doing it.”  As a mom, I thought that was the sweetest answer ever; imagining a four year old little boy looking up to his sister so much that he wanted to be in the same sport as a bonding experience or perhaps to emulate her.  I shared my thoughts, and my fantasies of this beautiful moment were short lived, as Robbie told me that it wasn’t as sweet as it sounded.  Laughingly he said “I just wanted to be better than her at something!”   His sister had been skating for a few years already and doing quite well.  He saw this as his moment to shine, and shine he did!   Through the years, Robbie went on to place second in the Juvenile Pairs Nationals and win the Novice Men’s Western Canadian Championship.

Robbie told me that throughout his career as a competitive skater, he always felt that Disney on Ice would be the ultimate choice as a post-amateur opportunity to continue on in the skating world, doing something that he loved so much.   He was elated to be asked to join Feld Entertainment in 2008, to perform the role of “Dash” in Disney on Ice presents a Disneyland Adventure. He has performed in thousands of productions for Disney thus far, and with his current staring role as “Buzz” in Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 3, his professional future looks very bright and indeed!

When faced with the options of attending college or turning professional, Robbie was wise enough to know that he was unsure of what he would study in college.   He was, however, certain that he loved to skate, that opportunities like working for Disney are once in a lifetime and that the physically rigorous demands to do such a job are marked by the hands of time.  So this has turned out to be the perfect win/win adventure in his life.   He is getting the experience of a lifetime, traveling, having a great time, and can always attend college a little later down the road.

Robbie told me that if he wasn’t skating, he would most definitely want to be a Formula One racecar driver, as he loves the speed and mechanical precision of the sport.   I told him that he is just 21 years old, with his whole life ahead of him, and you just never know where life will take you.   With such a tenacious spirit, I would place my bet on this kid.  So look out for Robbie in about ten years racing in a town near you!  :-)

It was a pleasure to talk to Robbie, and I am thoroughly looking forward to watching him perform next Thursday night as Buzz Lightyear, along with the wonderful cast of Toy Story 3, as Disney on Ice comes to Atlanta, Georgia from October 13th – October 17th at Phillips Arena.  Click here for ticket information, show dates and times.

All of us at The Backstage Beat wish Robbie all the best in the years ahead, and we are sure he will be successful in anything he puts his mind to!

Art

Rain and Fire in Sedona

Published

on

Ange Alex

A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

Continue Reading

Family Fun

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!

Published

on

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver  @BackstageBeat

 

 

Continue Reading

Family Fun

NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!

Published

on

Prev1 of 2Next
← → (arrow) keys to browse

Families will soon experience more STEAM-style activities and exhibits when visiting the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which re-opens to the public on Saturday, December 12. This iconic downtown attraction, which has been busy renovating since August of this year, now features targeted science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programming woven through almost every aspect of the enhanced space. Whether children build and shoot their own rocket launcher in the new “Gateway to the World” exhibit or design their dream home in the enhanced “Tools for Solutions” exhibit, the increased focus on STEAM learning enables the Museum to further prepare young children to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.

We got a sneak preview this week and I can honestly say it was the most fun my kids have had in a long time! They amount of things there are to do is mind boggling!

One of our favorite areas was Tools for Solutions – This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.

Prev1 of 2Next
← → (arrow) keys to browse
Continue Reading

Trending