Dau
Dau
<
1
2
>

GREEN BAY — Believing is just the beginning for a 2011 Marinette High School graduate.

Katelynn Dau, daughter of Jodi and Keith, is living her dreams with Disney on Ice Dream Big.

Dau will be returning to the area next week with the Disney on Ice show. She works for Feld Entertainment, based out of Palmetto, Fla., as a tour coordinator which produces the shows.

A UW-Madison graduate with a theater major, Dau previously worked on cruise ships as the stage and production manager for a few years.

“In August (2017), I decided I wanted to get back on land, as weird as that sounds,” she said. “I began the job in August and have been here since then.”

So what does a tour coordinator’s job entail? According to Dau, she is responsible for the members of her unit in regards to hotel stays, flights, and bus transportation.

“I also work closely with public relations to schedule the performers who assist in endorsing our shows,” she said.

With Dau constantly traveling for her job, she lives on the road. 

“I’m in a new city every week,” she said. “We travel at least 10 months out of the year. For me, probably year round.”

With traveling and working so much, Dau doesn’t really get holidays off or vacation.

“Monday and Tuesday are my weekends, sometimes Monday will be a travel day, in which we hop from one city to the next,” she said. “Wednesday, I load in my office and prep the information for the unit on a board. Thursday, we generally open and continue shows until Sunday.”

Even though seeing her family can be quite difficult with her busy schedule, Dau said her parents did come to see her for Christmas.

“Because we are in entertainment, we don’t really get the holidays off,” she said. “We give the entertainment for families during the holidays, which is really nice. My parents were nice enough to come where the show was and do Christmas with me.”

While traveling is a major part of her job, Dau said she enjoys it immensely.

“It’s not something everybody gets to do especially people from Marinette,” she said. “Traveling for work is great, I get to see the United States. We were in New Hampshire last week. I never thought I’d go there in my life.”

Dau said the show she is currently working on, Disney on Ice Dream Big, is unique in that it has nine princesses and one queen.

“We have more of your classic princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty,” she said. “We also have your modern princesses as well. We have Rapunzel, Tiana and the Frozen sisters, which everyone loves.”

Tinker Bell, Dau’s personal favorite character, acts as a tour guide throughout the entire production.

“She kind of weaves us in and out of the stories,” she said. “She is there for some defining moments as the leading ladies makes their dreams come true.”

“Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey of beloved Disney tales.

“Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the ways,” she said. “Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all.

“Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow white, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness goes hand-in-hand.”

Dau said her favorite part of the show is seeing the faces of the audience.

“I love coming out during the Frozen segment and hear the kids singing Let it Go or For the First Time in Forever, it’s amazing,” she said. “When everyone gets so excited when Mickey and Minnie come out in the beginning, it makes my heart melt.”

Dau emphasized the show is not just for little girls, but boys will enjoy it as well.

“It’s a family friendly show,” she said. “We have a fire-breathing dragon and an acrobat team, so the boys will love it too. I think parents and grandparents will enjoy it as well. It’s a huge family fun show, not just for little girls.”

Dau shows that dreams do come true and that anyone can achieve them as long as they follow their heart.

“I feel like sometimes it’s hard to imagine what’s out there when you’re from a small town,” she explained. “You don’t know the possibilities of what you can do. I had no idea this job was even out there. I would say if you have something in mind, follow your heart and passion. Do dream big.”

The Disney on Ice Dream Big show will be running at the Resch Center in Green Bay: next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from www.disneyonice.com, ticketmaster.com or at the local box office. 

 “I encourage everyone to come,” Dau said.