Dressing like a princess? That's the easy part.
Becoming a princess? Now that's a different story.
I talked to you all about my method of being a 'party princess'. Not acting but truly becoming (read more about this here: "Remembering All the Details")
And it's not just in the way they answer questions or tell their stories; it's even more important with how they speak and move.
This may sound a bit obvious but looking from the outsider's perspective, some see princesses and nothing more. They assume that all characters are remarkably similar and would behave accordingly.
However this assumption couldn't be further from the truth.
Just like your backstory drives your actions, the same goes for these royals.
The Little Mermaid is incredibly inquisitive and bubbly (pun intended). She therefore has a gait that is very quick and bouncy and speaks quickly with lots of questions.
The Ice Queen on the other hand was raised in a very different way and therefore has a completely different personality. She has magical powers that no one understood, plus the weight of being queen weighed heavily on her heart. She's more reserved, quiet. Her gait is slower and more elegant.
Each of the characters has their own story but also their own way of being.
And these differences are where the magic lies.
Little ones see that Rapunzel moves the same way in person as she did in her movie and therefore they know it's really, truly her.
They see their favorite princess standing in their own homes and even if just for the day, experience real magic. They listen to a story, ask the questions they've always wanted answers too and even sing along with her songs!
Oh yeah, singing is a major part of these characters as well and it requires knowing a lot of these songs by heart.
Let's talk about that next week!
But until then, that's my princess perspective...