Lots of little girls like to hold an imaginary microphone while they sing and dance around the house.
Candice Nicole went a step further when she was about 7 and crafted a creative costume.
"I probably wrapped a towel around my legs and pretended it was a fin," said the singer, who was a great admirer of Ariel, the fairy-tale swimmer who longed to walk on land.
Twenty years later, Nicole is living her dream, singing lyrics from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" as well as "Beauty and the Beast" and other songs in conjunction with three other singers and backed by orchestras from Melbourne to Dublin to Northeastern Pennsylvania.
On Saturday evening in Wilkes-Barre and on the afternoon of Oct. 15 in Scranton, she and her fellow vocalists Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Johnson and Aaron Phillips will be guest performers with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic for "Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies."
Images from the movies will be shown on a screen while the singers and orchestra present music from such shows as "Mary Poppins," "The Lion King," "Aladdin," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and "Hunchback of Notre Dame."
"My biggest hope is for the audience to leave with a big smile on their face and go home to watch their favorite Disney movies again," said Kaufman, who sings the words of Pocahontas and Simba at different points in the show.
It doesn't matter how old you are, Kaufman and Nicole said, predicting Disney tunes will evoke happy nostalgia for parents and grandparents and be a good introduction to symphony music for the youngest generation.
"I think there's something about it that renews a child-like spirit in the grown-ups," Kaufman said, "and if they bring young children, they can share in their feeling of wonder."
Adding to the enchantment, Philharmonic spokesman Steve Parulski said, the orchestra encourages patrons and their children to dress up as their favorite Disney characters and take part in a parade across the stage during the Scranton performance.
Audience sing-alongs are planned for both concerts.
What: ‘Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies'
Wilkes-Barre performance: 7 p.m. Saturday at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square
Scranton performance: 2 p.m. Sunday at Scranton Cultural Center, North Washington Avenue, Scranton
Tickets: $29 to $60; students $15
More info: 270-4444