One princess — who literally danced her way into the favor of the casting director and crew — will do the same in front of audiences Friday at Memorial Coliseum.
Kausha Campbell portrays Princess Sofia in “Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure” for two performances. The Sofia character appears in the hit Disney Junior TV series “Sofia the First” that airs on the Disney Channel.
Campbell said the touring show is divided into two acts. In the first act, Sofia enlists the audience's help as she must find a gift for the Enchancia Friendship Festival.
In the TV series, Enchancia is the kingdom in which Sofia lives with her mother, Miranda, and stepfather, King Roland II.
This is Campbell's first Disney production, and she auditioned on more of a whim because she needed a break from school.
“I thought I might as well try out,” she said. “I did a fun dance audition.” The call came within three weeks.
“I started crying. It's very overwhelming but exciting at the same time,” she said. “I didn't know I got the main part. The first call I glazed over it all. The second time I wanted to make sure I had the specifics down.”
Campbell not only portrays Sofia, but also portrays a pirate in the second segment that is based on “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” another popular Disney Junior TV series on the Disney Channel.
In this segment, Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends, Izzy and Cubby, enlist the help of the audience to compete against Capt. Hook and Mr. Smee (of “Peter Pan” fame) to find a volcano that erupts treasure.
Campbell said this is a live stage show — not to be confused with Disney on Ice productions that also tour the country.
While she is an accomplished dancer, Campbell said one challenge was learning the lines that go with the dance steps. With extensive rehearsal, she said it has become second nature.
Another challenge is her wardrobe.
“Disney is very specific in looks. My dress is huge … five layers with a petticoat … pearls … battery pack,” she said. “I have all that extra weight. I am affected when I do leaps and turns. In the end, I'll have good abs.”
The Lehi, Utah, native said she has a good family support system. Her family has attended shows close to their hometown, as well as traveled to Las Vegas and San Diego.
“Technology and social media help,” she said. “Other cast members do get homesick. I'm enjoying the experience right now.”
Because of the TV series' immense popularity, this is the first tour to go to more than 100 cities. Campbell is hopeful the tour is successful enough to expand to another country. Even though she would like to return to college in a couple of years, she welcomed the opportunity to travel should the tour be successful here in the United States.