Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour Heats Up with Announcement of Principal Cast

Skating Champions Cast in Starring Roles of Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay,

Chad and Taylor

Jun 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from Feld Entertainment

    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
         Championship competitor.
     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
        UniverSoul Circus.
     "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!

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