Overcast   46.0F  |  Forecast »

The Singing Princess Character Entertainer Ayla Eichenhofer

This real-life Belle (and other Disney favorites) dishes on the delights and job perils of entertaining southeast Michigan girls at birthday parties and festivals

Ayla Eichenhofer would wager that there's no one else in the metro Detroit area who knows more about Belle, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid than she does. It is, after all, her job to be well versed in the intimate details of each fairy tale princess' story.

As a character performer for The Singing Princess, Eichenhofer dons full regalia to portray these much-loved princesses at birthday parties and festivals throughout southeast Michigan each weekend. For her, it's a childhood dream come true, just as it is for the hundreds of little girls who get to meet their favorite princess.

"When I first appear as a princess at a party, I witness a huge intake of breaths," Eichenhofer says. "Beyond that, every little girl's reaction differs. The birthday girl is either so excited or so overwhelmed and hides behind her parents."

Eichenhofer attributes this to the pure exhilaration of seeing a princess at a child's very own party.

"There's something special about the princesses," she says. "Their lives are very different, full of adventure and magical happy endings. They're larger than life. That's very attractive. Girls get caught up in that."

To capture the precious details she witnesses weekly at the parties she attends, Eichenhofer keeps a journal to capture what she calls "magical moments."

"An older girl once tried to trip me up and asked me why we never find out what happened to Gaston at the end of Beauty and the Beast," Eichenhofer recalls. "I had to think of an answer quickly. I told her that he fell off the castle, and we have never heard from him since. She loved that answer."

While the majority of the guests at the parties Eichenhofer attends are little girls, sometimes boys are also present.

"These boys can be so charming," Eichenhofer says. "At a party I attended as Beauty, the birthday girl's 5-year-old brother overheard me say how much I loved roses. He ran into the kitchen to grab a sprig of roses off the table for me. I was so touched that I dried and kept them.

"At a different party, a little boy wanted to sit next to me the entire time and kept calling himself the king. Later his mom let me know that he hadn't even wanted to come to the party because he was disappointed that Superman or Spider-Man wouldn't be there. You never would have known that!"

Meet four other metro Detroiters who work for your kids:

                 

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Starry Nights and Snowman Fun: Winter Crafts with Olaf, More

Starry Nights and Snowman Fun: Winter Crafts with Olaf, More

Turn a white sock or marshmallows into everyone's favorite goofball from Frozen or gear up for snowy evenings with a constellation lightbox and table runner.

Kids and Indoor Exercise During Cooler Temperatures

Kids and Indoor Exercise During Cooler Temperatures

Keep your kids off the couch this winter and get them active and healthy with these family-friendly fitness tips from the community program director at the Macomb Family YMCA.

Sage Yet Strange 1920s Baby-Naming Advice

Sage Yet Strange 1920s Baby-Naming Advice

Modern flapper era mamas had plenty of progressive advice. But when it came to baby name tips, it was a mixed bag. (And especially tough for poor Lenora!)

Dessert Pizzas Recipes That Kids Will Love

Dessert Pizzas Recipes That Kids Will Love

Slice into sweetness with these kid-friendly ideas – thanks to Betty Crocker, Taste of Home and more – that transform pizza into something oh-so-sweet!

Rustic Pumpkin Lunch Bag Halloween Craft for Kids

Rustic Pumpkin Lunch Bag Halloween Craft for Kids

Lunch surprises can brighten kids' day at school. As October rolls along, try something fun and new with this sweet, not-scary jack-o'-lantern sack.

Mom Transforms into 'Annabelle' Doll for Creepy Photo Shoot

Mom Transforms into 'Annabelle' Doll for Creepy Photo Shoot

One suburban mom embraced horror movie season when she dressed up as an evil doll for a photo shoot – an artistic expression that is drawing mixed reactions.

Hello Kitty Crochet and Craft Books, Hobby Holster Tool, More

Hello Kitty Crochet and Craft Books, Hobby Holster Tool, More

Craft roundup! Quirk Books has a cool new crochet book, while Barron's offers projects for Rainbow Loom lovers. Check out a clever hot glue holder, too.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement