VIDEO: Sheffield’s Disney On Ice Princess

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Heigh ho! Meet the latest Disney princess - Sheffield’s own nine-year-old Jade Marshall, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.

The excited schoolgirl was magically transformed into a star of Disney On Ice when she was invited to take part in the opening night of Dare To Dream, on now until Sunday, at the Motorpoint Arena.

Star competition winner Jade Marshall at the Arena on the ice with the dwarfs

Star competition winner Jade Marshall at the Arena on the ice with the dwarfs

And it was all thanks to The Star.

Mum Donna Frost, aged 29, of Parson Cross, won our chance-of-a-lifetime first prize in a free draw to find a youngster to appear in the show, celebrating 75 years of Disney princesses.

She joined Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as they skated on to sing the classic Disney song, Heigh Ho then The Silly Song.

And it was off to work she went when she was invited to leave her VIP rink-side seat and climb into their mine-cart.

Dwarfs Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Jade’s favourite Dopey pushed her around the ice as she beamed and waved at the thousands of fans in the audience.

Afterwards she said: “We come every year - but this has been the best one. I got to go on the ice. It was really good. I never though I’d get to do it. I felt like a real princess.”

Proud Donna watched the show with her sister Laura, 26, and mum Sheila, 53. Afterwards she said: “It was great. We’ve been every year for the past five. It was really good. But we’ll never forget tonight.”

Sharing the cart ride with The Star’s princess were Meadowhall prize winners Kacey Brunt, seven, and brother Jack, five, from Retford. Watching were dad Mark, 47, and mum Michelle, 30, who said: “It was wonderful. Something we’ll never forget.”

Classic meets modern-heroines in the production, which pays tribute to Disney’s girl power stars - Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella and Snow White, with special guest appearances, as always, from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and all their pals.

Disney On Ice fans young and old were full of praise for the production as they made their way out of the building afterwards.

April Townend, aged six, said: “It was great. I liked it when Tangled was flying in the air.”

Faye Steadman, 29, from Barnsley, wearing a Minnie Mouse hat, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We come every year and this was one of the best ones.”

Macie Boyd, four, from Huddersfield, said: “It was n-ice!”

Thomas Keane, five, from Barnsley, screamed: “It was brilliant.”

Cheryl Wyler, 48, from Sheffield, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. Best one yet - because it’s about princesses.”

Gina Heaton-Smith, 34, of Barnsley, said: “It was lovely - magical, especially the bit at the end with the lanterns. And I would say to my friends, if you’ve got small children, bring them to Disney On Ice.”

* Disney On Ice Dare To Dream is at Sheffield Motorpoint until Sunday, November 24. Tickets are £14.85 to £41.80. Buy in person from the Box Office, call 0114 256 5656 or online, where you will find full performance times and details, at {http://www.motorpointarena sheffield.co.uk|www.motorpointarena sheffield.co.uk|visit motorpointarena sheffield.co.uk}.

Disney On Ice returns to the Arena in November 2014 with 100 years of Magic. Tickets on sale spring 2014.