Saturday 18 November 2017

Married couple live out 'Disney magic' in Disney on Ice

Prince Charming and Cinderella are married in real life

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

THEY grew up watching the classic animated movies and professional skating couple James and Vicky Black said that it was the magic of Disney that brought them together.

The former international competitors are two of the stars of Disney On Ice's 'Dare To Dream' production, touring 10 months of the year and currently enjoying its Irish stopover.

Over 35,000 fans as will see the Blacks play Cinderella and Prince Charming in the show and perform to classic Disney songs such as 'So This is Love' and 'A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes' over the coming days.

Bangor-born Vicky, who began skating when she was a seven-year-old, told the Irish Independent that while they are rarely at home, joining the company has been one of the best jobs they've ever had.

"We get to go around the world together while working in a job that we both love, so we're extremely lucky because we know how difficult it would be to be married but apart for most of the year," she said. 

She told this newspaper the Irish leg of the tour is particularly special, as her family will be in the audience.

"It's really nice to know that we can look out at the crowd as see familiar faces of our parents, cousins and nieces and nephews," she said.

'Dare To Dream' features characters from Disney animated hits such as 'Tangled', 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', 'The Princess and the Frog' and 'Cinderella'.

It is currently showing at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, until Sunday.

"This show is different from anything we've ever done, and we're excited about all the exhilarating aspects we've included in this production," producer Juliette Feld said.

"This is the first time 'Tangled' star Rapunzel is featured on the ice with her tremendous amount of hair."

During the 'Tangled' segment, 2,000 feet of silk representing Rapunzel's hair is used and completed with an aerial act 25ft up in the air.

"The performers trained for six weeks just to build their upper body strength, because skaters use very different muscles when ice skating," Director Patty Vincent said.

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