When Disney On Ice's new “Worlds of Fantasy” comes to Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, one of the performers will be Kristian Ryan, a native of Monavale, Australia. He's a star of the show that weaves together four classic and current Disney stories: Disney/Pixar's “Cars,” Disney's “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid,” along with fairies from the new animated film “Tinker Bell.”
We talked with the 33-year-old by phone while he was relaxing before a show in Providence, R.I. To keep the magic going, he can't reveal which character he plays other than to say his skating role is comedic. But he did tell us all about his greatest achievement, his prized possession and his favorite part of the show.
You've been in 10 Disney on Ice productions. What makes this show special? I think it's just that the character I play is so funny.… I'm the ice breaker, the crazy character who comes out and makes everyone laugh.
Other than your role, what's your favorite part of the show? When all the faeries come out. It really is breathtakingly beautiful.
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As a former chef, what do you like to cook while you're on the road? I like hearty meals – steak and mashed potatoes – so I made that with some spinach and sautéed mushrooms. I make a very good chili. And I always travel with Vegemite (a food paste made from yeast extract that's popular in Australia).
In your bio, you say skating on Lake Placid is your greatest achievement. Why? I'd never done anything like that before, and it was always my dream to skate on a frozen lake one day. There's nothing like that in Australia.
What's your most prized possession? A Celtic ring my parents gave me. I never take it off, except for during the show. It keeps my parents with me. I don't get home very often – it's been years since I've been to Australia. My mother flies out to see me once a year. Last year she was with me when I was performing in Raleigh. She's my best friend so we always have a good time together.