Dreams to come true on ice

Mt Riverview ice-skaters Krysten Porter and Sophie Barrah are excited to be in a pre-show Disney on Ice performance.

Mt Riverview ice-skaters Krysten Porter and Sophie Barrah are excited to be in a pre-show Disney on Ice performance.

A group of amateur ice-skaters' dreams will come true on Thursday when they take to the ice stage at Allphones Arena as the pre-show entertainment to Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove.

The group of 22 skaters aged nine to 40 from two Penrith-based teams Sydney Ice Theatre and Stage Left, directed by Faulconbridge coach Linda Aubrecht, features six Mountains dancers.

Fifteen-year-old girls Sophie Barrah and Krysten Porter from Mt Riverview were particularly excited at the opportunity.

"I love doing shows and seeing the kids' faces light up when they see their favourite character on ice," said Krysten, who like Sophie, has been involved in productions of Cinderella and Peter Pan on ice.

"Ever since I was a little girl it's been my dream to skate for Disney on Ice. I've seen the show every year."

"I love the feeling when you improve yourself and learn new tricks you've never done before," Sophie said.

"Disney on Ice was my main goal for a while, but to do a show is really overwhelming. To see your life's goal and here we are is really exciting."

The duo will be part of the chorus and take on the role of various characters for the pre-show performance, choreographed by Ms Aubrecht.

She was supplied with music from the Disney movies Aladdin, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, which she used to choreograph a high-energy, fun, eight-minute piece.

Ms Aubrecht said the stage at Allphones Arena at Homebush was just a "patch of ice" and would be very theatrical with dim lighting and no barrier.

"There will be a massive crowd. This is what they [the ice-skaters] all want to do when they grow up."

The skaters rehearsed weekly for the past six weeks, and one of Ms Aubrecht's team was even offered a position with Disney on Ice.

The shows between July 9 and 13 will take the audience on a magical journey spanning 50 years of Disney animated film.

Ms Aubrecht's skaters will perform before Thursday's show at 2.30pm.

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