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Michele Catanzaro snapping a photo of her daughter, Isabella, 2, with Rapunzel, the princess featured in Disney on Ice, while other parents and children waited in line.
Michele Catanzaro snapping a photo of her daughter, Isabella, 2, with Rapunzel, the princess featured in Disney on Ice, while other parents and children waited in line.
Posted: Tuesday November 22, 2011, 8:07 AM
'Dare To Dream': Bergen children meet newest Disney On Ice star
By JOHN A. GAVIN of The Record

The make-believe world of Disney came alive for about 50 children and their parents Monday as the characters from a live production visited the borough.

The hourlong program, one of several children's programs sponsored by library, highlighted Rapunzel, the golden-haired princess featured in Disney on Ice, and Jenna Raheb, one of the show's skaters, who read passages from a book.

Parents and children rushed to meet and take a snapshot with Disney's newest princess, and many people said the library is a great venue for local children's entertainment.

"It's extremely convenient," said Eric Potts of Hasbrouck Heights, who along with his wife, Carla, brought their two young daughters, Lilyanna, 3, and Valentina, 20 months. "We come to the library often for children's entertainment. They do a good job here."

The latest Disney on Ice show, Dare to Dream, features scenes from the latest Disney productions, "Tangled," "Princess Tiana" and the classic "Cinderella," said Alan Miller, a spokesman with the group.

For several years, the production has used the borough's large Senior Center, which is in the same building as the library, to bring attention to its show at the Izod Center, officials said.

The live production begins today and will continue through Sunday.

Mayor Rose Heck, who presented a key to the borough to Rapunzel, gave credit to Mimi Hui, the library director, for making the show available to local residents.

"Our library director makes it very easy for us," Heck said, adding that Disney staff has reached out to the borough when similar events are planned.

Flanked by a gigantic banner highlighting the show, Raheb, 22, who's in her first year with the show, read passages from the story "Tangled."

"It's priceless," said Raheb, a Rhode Island native, who began skating when she was 9. "I absolutely love it when I can see the reaction of the little kids."

For residents, like Michele Catanzaro, who brought her 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, the experience was a lifetime opportunity to capture for her daughter.

"She loves princesses," said Catanzaro, who lives in Wood-Ridge. "It's a chance for her to meet her up close."

She was one of dozens of parents and children who lined up to capture photos of their children with the princess.

Future children's programs at the library include a story time with Santa on Dec. 5 and several "School's Out" activities from Dec. 27 to 29.

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