Getting into characters

Pictures by: 
Mohd Ishak
Report by: 
Tan Tam Mei

She transforms from Alice to Snow White, a fish, and a pirate in just under two hours.
 
American Katherine Erickson, is a principal skater and part of the cast of Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove.
 
Mrs Erickson, 30, said that playing four different roles is not easy — adopting accurate and natural characteristics for each role requires much practice.
 
To develop her personas, she repeatedly watches the movies her characters are from and mimics their mannerisms. She said: “I had to practise in front of a mirror for months to perfect each character. But it’s exciting to bring each one to life in my own way.”
 
Her quadruple roles demand that she trains constantly — up to six hours a week — on top of performing in nine to 12 weekly shows. The troupe started its Asian tour last July and has been on the road for about nine months, travelling to a new location nearly every week.
 
The Disney On Ice troupe was also where she met her husband, Michael, seven years ago. They married two years ago and travel together with the troupe where Mr Erickson is part of the property department. 
 
The show runs until March 23.
 
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on March 22, 2014.