LEMOORE — The Sparkle! Princess Concert will return to Lemoore for its fifth year, bringing that familiar fairy tale magic in tow.
Sparkle! is the live stage show version of the parties organized by Something Enchanted Princess Parties, a Reedley-based entertainment company that brings the magic of Disney a little closer to home.
“It’s a live show with the princesses doing skits and storytelling. The children really like it,” Something Enchanted founder Tammy Lawley said.
The show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Lemoore High School. The 2019 show is different from last year’s show, Lawley said, so those who have attended in the past will get a new experience, complete with a different story and different princesses.
While the majority of the princess characters portrayed in Sparkle and at the Something Enchanted’s private parties and public events are inspired by Disney, this year’s Sparkle! show features a new original character named Lady Tamella. Portrayed by Lawley, Tamella is the original princess who trains the royalty – a case of fantasy mirroring reality.
“I used to portray princesses myself when I started the company seven years ago, but over the years, I thought I’d leave being a princess to the younger girls. However, I missed doing it so much that I created this character for myself,” Lawley said.
The show features performances by characters inspired by Cinderella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Moana, who will be played by Visalia native Allison Salmon.
The overarching story of Sparkle! is that the four other princesses perform and interact with the crowd while waiting for Moana to arrive – she’s delayed because she has to sail all the way from Pacific Ocean.
After the hour-long show, there will be a meet and greet where the audience gets to meet their favorite characters.
“You have to be on your toes,” Salmon said. “The children will ask you questions that only Moana would know. They’ll ask me where my [pet] chicken is or how long it takes to get to Motunui. I always have to come up with fresh answers.”
Salmon said that the majority of children who see the shows treat her — and the other princesses — as the real deal. Though, occasionally, she’ll see someone she knows in her personal life and will have to snub them to avoid breaking character.
“Someone from my high school asked me after a show, ‘where do I know you from,’ and I had to stop, look them in the eye and say to them, ‘You know me from my movie,’” Salmon said.
General admission tickets are $12, with a variety of VIP tickets available. The tour will also make a stop in Selma on Feb. 3 and in Woodlake in March.
Something Enchanted's Cinderella will appear live in person at the Hanford Fox at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 before the theater screens the original 1950 animated film.
For more information, visit www.somethingenchanted.com