For most girls who ever played Barbies, their dream was to be Barbie. For Alevia Peterson, her dream has finally come true.
In Peterson's ninth year with Disney on Ice, she finally landed her first principal role — that of Barbie in Disney on Ice presents “Worlds of Fantasy” next week at Memorial Coliseum.
“Worlds of Fantasy” delivers four segments based on Disney animated movies: “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tinker Bell” and “Toy Story 3.” Peterson skates as Silvermist in the “Tinker Bell” segment and as Barbie in the “Toy Story 3” segment, she said via phone.
The two roles keep her busy on the ice as the first act consists of the first three segments, while the second act is wholly “Toy Story 3.” Each act is 45-50 minutes long, she said.
“I think what is special about our show is it is for boys and girls,” she said. “Our show is special because it has 'Cars' and 'Toy Story.'”
Peterson, 26, joined Disney on Ice straight out of high school.
“I thought I'd do one year and go to college, but I still do this,” she said.
As an understudy for Mulan, Ariel and Jazmine characters, Peterson prepared for her role as Barbie.
“Basically, I kept working. They offered me the spot of Barbie. I worked my way up. … This is my first role, and it's all mine.”
It comes complete with a blonde Barbie wig that is made of fabric and artificial hair, which she said is weightless so she can skate easily.
The nine-month tour takes Peterson to a new city every week, where six to 12 shows are performed. Seven shows take place here next week.
The tour also includes going overseas, where South Africa experienced Disney on Ice for the first time, according to Peterson, who particularly enjoyed Cape Town.
The Meadville, Pa., native said she is home about two months out of the year but gets to see family when the show tours near her hometown. Otherwise, she sightsees or rests during her time off.
While Peterson enjoys skating for Disney on Ice, she realizes she can't skate forever.
“I see how I feel with each tour,” she said. “Disney is a great company. I would like to stay with the company. I'm still figuring out what I want to do. It is something I think about more and more the older I get.”
For now, Peterson is content to delight audiences as Barbie.
“The kids' faces when they see us on the ice, I don't take it for granted,” she said. “When I see the little girls in the audience, I blow them a kiss. That makes their day. To get a good audience reaction is the most favorite part of what I do. I played with Barbie when I was a little girl. This is a dream come true.”