NEVER has skating on thin ice been so much fun.
It was the stuff of fantasy for 20-year-old Gemma Walton, who won the chance to skate with the stars of Cinderella on Ice, currently being performed at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
She entered a competition run jointly between the theatre and The News to win the chance to skate with Valeria Vorobyeva, who is playing Cinderella, and Valdis Mintals, who is Prince Charming.
Both perform with the internationally-acclaimed Russian Ice Stars, who are former World and Olympic skating champions, and gave up their time to take keen skater Gemma through her paces.
To win the competition, she was asked to text The News with the answer to this question: In figure skating what is the only rotating jump to take off from a forward edge?
Her correct answer was axle, and she was chosen at random to win the prize.
Gemma said: ‘It was good to dance at the theatre – really different.
‘I entered the competition because I was interested in skating on the rink, because it was only made up for the show and it was quite different.’
Gemma said the experience was an exciting one.
And she said: ‘I felt like I was going to fall off the stage.’
Gemma has been skating at Gosport ice rink for the past five years and used her competition win as a way of practising her spins with the professionals.
She said: ‘It was good and the skaters were amazing.
‘They were helping me with my spins – I’m pleased that I won.
‘The ice on the rink was a lot thinner and harder than I’m used to, but it wasn’t bad to skate on.
‘I also didn’t expect it to be so big.’
As part of her win, Gemma was given tickets to watch Cinderella on Ice, which finishes its run tomorrow.
She was full of praise for the performance and for the ability of the skaters who brought the popular fairytale to life at the Kings.
The performance was choreographed by Boris Myagkov from the Bolshoi Ballet, and the music featured the adapted works of composers Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss.
Wild Rose produced the show for Theatre on Ice.
Gemma added: ‘It was good – really amazing.
‘If there’s another competition like this I’d definitely encourage other skaters to enter.’
Gemma said she wanted to say a big thank you to the staff at the Kings Theatre and the entire cast of performers for the experience.