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November 1, 2012

UB grad helping to bring "Disney's Phineas and Ferb" to Shea's

Niagara Gazette — Five years after graduating with a dance degree from the University at Buffalo, Nicole Dalton is finally about to fulfill a dream by performing on the Shea’s stage.

And she’s bringing Dr. Doofenshmirtz with her.

Dalton will be in town Nov. 10 for three performances of “Disney’s Phineas and Ferb” The Best Live Tour Ever” at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The show follows the characters from the Disney Channel cartoon as they literally jump off the screen for a 3D adventure in which they look to make the last day of summer the best ever.

Dalton, a native of Rochester, got her dance degree in 2007 after performing with UB’s Zodiaque Dance Company. She’s in her second year with Feld Entertainment and its Disney production after spending time on cruise ships and as a Walt Disney World performer.

Even with those experiences - she started working on a cruise ship two weeks after graduation - she considers her current gig a career topper so far.

“The show is just so high-energy,” she said during a phone interview from a tour stop in Moline, Ill. “It’s a lot of fun.”

That fun includes all of the show’s main characters - Phineas and his step-brother Ferb, Phineas’ sister Candace and their pet platypus Perry. They’re all involved as Phineas and Ferb try to combine their ideas - they have too many things they want to do on their last day of summer - into a mash-up machine. But the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz is also lurking around, trying to foin the boys with his most wicked plot yet.

Not familiar with these names? That won’t be a problem, Dalton said.

“You don’t actually have to know the TV series verbatim in order to enjoy and understand the storyline of the show,” she said. “They’re going to get involved. They bring audience members up on stage at the start of act two. The show is very active.”

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