Toy Story 3 characters skate their way to ShoWare

Adam Loosley fell in love with ice skating when he was three years old.



Adam Loosley fell in love with ice skating when he was three years old.

“My parents took me out to a rink near my home, which was in a small Canadian town, and I didn’t want to leave,” said Loosley, 26. “I basically grew up on that rink where I also competed for many years.”

As Loosley got older, he decided to transition from the competitive world of skating to the dramatic world of skating. He became a skater for Disney on Ice.

“I love the fact that in ice shows you get to tell a story and make some drama,” he said. “It’s fun to dress up and be someone else for a little while.”

Loosley has been performing with Disney on Ice for eight years now. He plays the character Woody in Toy Story 3, which performs at various times Nov. 9-13 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

“The most exciting part about this show is that is isn’t just Toy Story 3; it combines the first two movies so the audience gets an all-in-one experience,” he said. “The story line is so good people don’t have to have seen the movies to enjoy the performance.”

A cast of world-class skaters bring the beloved Disney characters Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl to life. A few new faces join the fun including Barbie’s bachelor Ken and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear.

“This is a show that families and people of all ages will enjoy,” Loosley said. “There is lots of skating, tricks, jumps and huge splashes of color coming from our costumes and the lighting.”

The production will feature a colossal set and state-of-the art projection design, allowing adults and children alike to virtually shrink down as the room of Andy, who owns the toys, is transformed from human to toy-sized, according to a Disney media release.

“So far the crowd reaction has been great,”Loosley said.

Loosely performs around 12 shows each week. The crew has already been to many places, from Mexico to places in Europe.

“Living on the road is a fast-paced lifestyle for sure,” Loosley said. “But hearing the reaction from the crowd is great and their excitement motivates me.”

There are 11 different countries represented in the cast, from Asia to Canada.

“The cast is full of talented and interesting people,” Loosley said. “It’s great to be a part of it.”

Loosley played Woody for his first Disney on Ice Show. He said he jumped at the chance to portray the character again.

“He is my favorite Disney character because he is always thinking about his friends and is very lovable,” Loosley said. “I am nervous every time before a show starts because I really want to make sure I do a good job with this amazing character.”

Loosley’s favorite part is when he gets to fly on a large kite full of bright colors.

“It’s so much fun to be in the air and I love to watch the people in the audience as I fly away,” he said.


If you go


What: Disney on Ice’s Toy Story 3


When: Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11; and 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-13.


Where: ShoWare Center, Kent


Cost: $65, $40, $25, $18 and $16.


Tickets: Go to or call the ShoWare Center at 877-973-9613.


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