Running and dancing to Disney’s beat

otaylor@thestate.comFebruary 21, 2013 

  • If you go Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

    When: 4 and 7 p.m.


    Where: Colonial Life Arena

    Tickets: $20-$47

    Information: (855) 456-2849 or www.colonial



“Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival,” the Disney production with two shows at the Colonial Life Arena Friday, will feature more than 20 stars, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Aladdin, Buzz Lightyear and Woody. The stars will be dancing to hip-hop, pop, rock and country sounds.

Bartley Mullin stars as Woody. When he’s not on the stage, Mullin is most likely running or shopping. So if you live or work downtown, you just might see him. The State talked to Mullin, a Vermont native, as he took a few days off after “Mickey’s Music Festival” toured Mexico.

What do you do in your down time? I do a lot of running. It’s kind of my easy hobby. I’ll go early Saturday morning and then go and do two or three shows. I won my first race on tour last year in Birmingham, Ala.”

Do you get cast mates to join you in races? I haven’t gotten anyone to go this year.

What has been your favorite place to run? Japan. I did a canal ran to the Tottori Sand Dunes. I ran in the middle of the night.

Do you have a specific playlist? It’s 45 minutes long exactly. It’s a pretty big mix. Dance, electronica, basically anything that has a beat that I can run to.

In your press bio, one of your tips for frequent travelers is to resist buying everything. Do you follow your own advice? I have a whole bunch of stuff in my suitcase. I have a whole mini circus. By now I’ve figured out what I can and cannot bring. If I acquire too much stuff, I send a box home.

How much fun is it playing the now iconic character? I love my job, especially when the kids are all dressed up and they’re jumping on the front row.

Have you studied the film version of Woody? Obviously you have to study how to become a ragdoll. It’s not second nature to me. I just actually went to see Disney on Ice, and I was studying their Woody.

Most days you’re doing more than one show. How do you recharge? It’s kind of like you reset the clock and you start over again. Every audience is seeing the show for the first time, and you have to go out there and give them the best performance.

Reach Taylor at (803) 771-8362.

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