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.
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 pairs.
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 haveassembled 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:http://www.highschoolmusicaltheicetour.com
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!