Dancer-actress Cierra Sanford is 22 years old, but she doesn’t have any trouble playing 6-year-old Doc McStuffins – physician to stuffed animals and other toys – in the road production of “Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure.” The show is coming to Intrust Bank Arena for three performances Friday.
“Stature is half the battle – I’m really tiny,” said Sanford, who hails from Detroit and spoke on the phone during a layover in Redding, Calif. “The kids help me out because they’re really excited. The more excited they are, the younger I feel.”
The appearance of Doc McStuffins is a prelude to the Pirate and Princess Adventure, which features characters from the Disney Junior cable-TV shows “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” The stage show, geared to pre-schoolers, is in the midst of a 90-city tour that started in July. Shows in Wichita will be at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
If you want to catch Sanford’s character, from another Disney Junior-channel show, “Doc McStuffins,” be sure to be in your seats at the arena 10 minutes before the start time. Doc McStuffins will then lead a warmup for the main event.
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“The audience helps her shake the wiggles away, with the help of Monty the toy truck,” Sanford said.
Sanford also performs in all the big dance numbers in the show. The storyline has Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the audience in two adventures:
• Act 1 follows Sofia, a young princess in training since her mother married the king, as she chooses gifts for the citizens for the Enchancia Friendship Festival.
• Act 2 follows the three Never Land Pirates as they search for treasure in a mysterious volcano while Captain Hook tries to steal their map.
“It’s interactive and high energy for the whole family,” Sanford said. “I think everybody is entertained,” because parents have their own memories of classic characters such as Peter Pan and Cinderella, who make appearances in the show.
“ ‘Sofia the First’ is really popular, because all the little girls want to be princesses, and they come dressed up. That’s entertaining,” Sanford said.
“And everybody loves Mickie and Minnie. For some people, it’s their first time seeing them.”
Tickets prices are $17, $23, $35 and $55 plus fees, available by phone at 855-755-7328, online at www.selectaseat.com, and in person at participating Dillons stores and at the Intrust Bank Arena box office.