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Three classic fairy tales coming to the Ralph Sunday

"Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales" will be on stage for two shows, at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck will be part of the fantasy adventure that brings to life...

Gaston from 'Beauty and the Beast'
The burly and brawny Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast" shows he's everyone's favorite guy in "Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales," which will be on stage for two shows Sunday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales" will be on stage for two shows, at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck will be part of the fantasy adventure that brings to life the stories and music of Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast."

Produced by Feld Entertainment, the fairy tales are anchored with a transforming set, choreography, lighting and costumes to treat families to "happily ever after," a Disney news release said.

The show begins with the discovery of a magical storybook hidden in Mickey's attic. The books leads to Snow White as she searches for true love, Cinderella getting ready for her night at the ball and Belle as she finds happiness in the most unusual place.

Along the way, the audience is invited to help solve clues, clap along and sing time-honored songs, such as "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," "Heigh Ho" and "Be Our Guest," the news release said.

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The stories of courage, love and believing in oneself are undeniably universal, and are told with detail and imagination, with sets that become lush woods, a brilliant castle and a quaint town in France.

Lighting and costumes were also designed to add to the show's glamour, a news release said. Lighting designer Norm Schwab said he wanted light that would add textures and dimensions to the sets.

"During Cinderella's ball we created a scene so luminous that it feels delightfully enchanted," Schwab said. But when audiences encounter the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they will witness "thunderous hues" created to be chilling, he said.

Tony Award-winning Costume Designer Gregg Barnes threaded together glittering embellishments for garments that would sparkle and shimmer, with lavish layers, exotic trimmings and yards of flowing fabric.

"This show was built specifically for families, for kids, and for everyone that believes dreams really do come true." adds Kenneth Feld of Feld Entertainment.

If you go

- What: "Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales"

- When and where: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks. Doors open at noon and 3 p.m.

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- Tickets: Available at REA box office; by calling (800) 745-3000; or online at Ticketmaster.com.

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