When James Black skates onto the ice at the Crown Coliseum, he will be every little girl’s dream — Prince Charming. Black, and the remainder of the Disney on Ice cast, make it their business to make dreams come to life, and the upcoming show at the Crown is no exception.
This year Feld is bringing the Princess Classic show to Fayetteville. The audience will have the opportunity to journey through the magic of some of the most beloved Disney stories visiting Ariel’s kingdom under the sea, Belle’s cursed castle the Arabian palace of Jasmine and the cold hearth that Cinderella called home.
“The Princess Classic show features seven of everyone’s favorite stories,” explained Black, a former World Champion who has appeared in the show for the past five years. “It has Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and finishes with the whole story of Cinderella. It’s got everybody’s favorite story in there.”
And while the material they have to work with is magic on its own, Black and the cast strive to bring the magic of ice skating to the show.
“Our cast represents 11 countries in the world, and we are all world-class ﬁgure skaters,” he said. “Not only are you getting to see these amazing stories come to life, you are also getting to see some amazing skating. I do several triple jumps, and you will see the same level of professional skating that you see on television right in front of you on the ice.”
Black was a member of British World Championship team for a number of years before joining Feld. He was the 1999 British Junior Men’s Champion. He won third place in the 2000 British Championships.
Black noted that his skating style is “energetic” and that he “likes to make difﬁ cult things look easy.
”“I really like for the audience to know that I’m having a great time out there,” he said.
“I ﬁnished my competitive career in 2004, but still wanted to skate,” he explained. “Feld’s Disney shows are the biggest ice shows in the world, so that led me straight to them.”
Black ﬁrst performed in 100 Years of Magic, but then made the move to the Princess Classic show. Even though he’s been skating in the show for the past ﬁ ve years, he added that it is always fresh.
“It doesn’t get old,” he explained. “Even though you get used to the traveling and living out of the suitcase, you are given this amazing opportunity to travel to some places that most people don’t have the opportunity to visit. We’ve played every continent except Antartica. It’s been fantastic
.”Black said one of the things that keeps the show so fresh for him is the enthusiasm of the audience.
“One of the ﬁrst things people will notice if they haven’t been to a show before, is that the children come dressed as their favorite character — in this case their favorite princess,” he said. “It’s something we love to see. We also see the audience loving the show that they are seeing on the ice. You can see how they relate to it, and even in the adults you can see how they remember the story. We love to see their smiling faces, and we love noisy crowds.”
The show is two hours of spell-binding magic, with a 15 minute intermission that will allow you to catch your breath and grab some great Disney gear.
If you want to catch the magic, you’ll have several opportunities. The show starts on Thursday, Nov. 4 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 7. On Thursday the show begins at 7 p.m. You’ll have two opportunities to see the show on Friday, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 7 p.m. Saturday’s show are at 2 and 6 p.m., and the show ends on Sunday at 2 p.m.
For tickets and more information, visit www.atthecrown.com.