VIENNA, Va., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- What time is it? It's time to
celebrate for 18 world-class skaters who will heat up the ice with a live
fusion of songs, dance and team-spirited fun in Disney's High School
Musical: The Ice Tour inspired by the pop-culture sensation and Disney
Channel Original Movie, "High School Musical," and this summer's highly
anticipated "High School Musical 2." Announced today, these skaters will
form the principal cast in the show's three separate touring productions
and perform in the highly-coveted lead roles of East High's own Troy,
Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Chad and Taylor.
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Produced by Feld Entertainment and Kenny Ortega, Disney's High School
Musical: The Ice Tour will feature a talented group of skating stars that
includes Olympic & World Championship competitors, National Champions from
around the world, and a host of professional ice skating elite from the
international touring circuit.
"We're excited to bring Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour to
everyone around the world because this story is about kids being true to
themselves," said Tony(R) Award-winning producer Kenneth Feld. "Just like
the kids in the movie, the skaters we have cast in this show know all about
reaching for their dreams."
Starring as Troy Bolton:
-- Brad Santer (Sydney, Australia) - Graduate of McDonald College for
Performing Arts. Two-time Australian National Champion and four-time
World Championship competitor.
-- Victor "Trey" Ehre (Buffalo, New York) -Graduate of Williamsville
North High School home of the Spartans! U.S. National Championship
competitor. Starred in Holiday on Ice and featured in numerous
touring productions, including Footloose on Ice, Broadway On Ice and
the Ice Theatre of New York.
-- Jordan Brauninger (Ludlow, Kentucky) - Graduate of the Abbington Hill
home school program! World Junior Figure Skating Championship Bronze
medalist and U.S. Junior National Championship Silver medalist in
Starring as Gabriella Montez:
-- Gladys Orozco (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) - Graduate of the
Instituto Regiomontano La Salle, home of the Lions! Six-time Mexican
National Championship and Four Continents competitor.
-- Amanda Billings (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) -Graduate of Bishop Carroll
High School, home of the Cardinals! Canadian National Figure Skating
Championship competitor. Featured Performer in Celebration on Ice
tour along with Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, and Jennifer Robinson.
-- Lane Walker (Chicago, Illinois) - Graduate of Prospect High School,
home of the Knights! Five-time Upper Great Lakes Regional
Starring as Ryan Evans:
-- Adam Loosley (Petrolia, Ontario, Canada) - Graduate of Lambton Central
Collegiate Vocational Institute, home of the Lancers! All Ontario
Champion and Silver medalist in the 2000 Ontario Winter Games. In
2002, recognized by Skate Canada as a quadruple Gold Medalist.
-- Vyacheslav Chiliy (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) - An international
competitor, medaling in both singles and pairs before turning
professional. Junior Men's Champion of USSR and the first Men's
Senior Champion of Ukraine.
-- Bonard Muck (Blackville, New Brunswick, Canada) - Graduate of
Blackville High School, home of the Golden Eagles! Bronze medalist at
the Canadian National Championships in Novice Dance. Silver medalist
in Canadian Winter Games in Novice Dance.
Starring as Sharpay Evans:
-- Helena Grundberg (Gnesta, Sweden) - Member of the Swedish Olympic
Team. Two-time Swedish National Champion. Three-time European and
World Championship competitor.
-- Kristen Treni (Jamestown, New York) - Graduate of Southwestern High
School, home of the Trojans! Five-time U.S. National Championship
competitor. Appeared in the productions of Sensations On Ice,
Snoopy's Summer Vacation and Tribute to Broadway; and was the winner
of the reality television show "Skating's Next Star."
-- Sandra Rucker (Palm Springs, California) - Graduate of El Dorado High
School, home of the Hawks! 2005 U.S. Junior National Champion; five-
time National Championship competitor; 2002 North American Challenge
Skate Gold Medalist.
Starring as Chad Danforth:
-- Stephen Smith (Union City, California) - Graduate of San Mateo High
School, home of the Bearcats! Performed in the 2002 Olympic Games
Closing Ceremonies in Salt Lake City, UT. A U.S. National
Championship competitor and a USFSA Gold medalist.
-- Simeon Hanks (Dallas, Texas) - Graduate of the Booker T. Washington
High School for the Performing Arts, home of the Pegasus! Competed in
the Junior Southwestern Regional Championship. Southwestern Regional
Championship Bronze medalist (2003) and Gold Medalist (1998).
-- Jamie Loper (Wilmington, Delaware) - Graduate of Brandywine High
School home of the Bulldogs! Five-time U.S. National Championship
competitor, two-time USFSA gold medalists, three-time Eastern Regional
Championships silver medalist.
Starring as Taylor McKessie:
-- Hamidah Ahmad (Zion, Illinois) - Graduate of Zion-Benton Township High
School, home of the Fighting Zee Bees! International Great Lakes
Champion and competitor in both the Junior National Championships and
Midwestern Sectional Championships.
-- Tetona Jackson (Los Angeles, California) - Graduate of Alexander
Hamilton High School, home of the Yankees! Artistic Champion and
Overall Bronze medalist, 2006 National Showcase.
-- Chrissy Lipscomb (Chicago, Illinois) - Graduate of the Key Stone
National home school program! Junior Olympic Bronze Medalist and UPG
Championship Gold Medalist. Has performed in Ebony on Ice as well as
"Along with Feld Entertainment, I am thrilled to announce that we have
assembled a cast of world-class ice performers who will dance 'High School
Musical' onto the ice this fall in the most imagined live ice spectacle
ever!" said Emmy(R) Award-winning producer, Kenny Ortega. "The cast, along
with an award-winning team of artists, designers and technicians, are
redefining the theatre of ice. In an all-new, original musical production,
the ice tour will include never-before-seen choreography, costumes,
lighting, special effects, projection and scenery. Disney's High School
Musical: The Ice Tour promises Wildcat audiences all over the world an
everlasting magical experience!"
Choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow was brought in to Disney's High
School Musical: The Ice Tour to adapt some of his Emmy(R) Award-winning
dance moves from the "High School Musical" movie to the ice. A Wildcat in
both movies himself, Klapow said, "The skaters in the show are really cool
and encompass the fun and excitement of what 'High School Musical' is all
about. We've cast kids who are so athletic and fast, and when we put that
speed and athleticism together with the hip-hop moves from the movies,
these kids are really going to rock the house."
Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour will have its World Premiere
in New York City on September 29th as part of an unprecedented global tour
comprised of three companies that will play more than 100 cities across the
U.S. and locations in Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia and Europe.
For an updated tour schedule, please visit:
About Feld Entertainment:
Feld Entertainment, Inc., is the worldwide leader in producing and
presenting live family entertainment that lifts the human spirit and
creates indelible memories, with 25 million people in attendance at its
shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in 50
countries and on six continents to date and include High School Musical:
The Ice Tour, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey (R) and Doodlebops Live!
SOURCE Feld Entertainment