When the 2013 Disney On Ice tour arrives in Pittsburgh in February, there’s one fan who will be at the head of the line, not for a ticket or an autograph from the performers but for the chance to prove to the tour’s Ice Creative Casting that she’s got what it takes to earn her place among Disney On Ice’s elite cast of skating performers.
Twenty-one year old Stephanie Clark of McDonald, a 2009 graduate of Fort Cherry Junior-Senior High School, got one of her holiday surprises early this Christmas when she learned in mid-December that she was chosen to live audition in front of Disney On Ice’s casting department when the tour reaches Pittsburgh in just under two months. Clark, who submitted her video resume earlier this month, has been hitting the ice more than ever since receiving her audition request, adding, “[I’m] making the most of my time I get to spend on the ice…putting in the time [and] hoping for good results in the end when it counts the most.”
A former Junior Nationals competitor and triple U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist in free skating, moves in the field and ice dance, Clark refocused her passion to share her talent and love of ice skating with others as a figure skating instructor at various rinks throughout the Pittsburgh area. But with five months to go until she graduates from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, this senior Journalism major has shifted her focus on her sport to what she considers the opportunity of a lifetime: Securing an audition for one of the world’s most beloved ice shows.
“I did some research and talked to a few friends,” explains Clark. “[I] have been thinking about this for a while now since I haven’t competed for a while. I got all my stuff together for it and submitted it and got the news.”
To be considered for an audition, Clark submitted a skating portfolio that included her resume, pictures and video highlights of her performing various skating elements, like footwork, spins and jumps. Shortly after sending in her portfolio, Clark received a callback for a personal audition in Pittsburgh scheduled for late February. She’s now logging hours of practice fine-tuning her on-ice presentation and style and improving her strength, stamina and acting skills.
“I have my sights set high and [I’m] willing to go the extra [mile]. I’m calling on hard work and determination,” says Clark who began skating just two weeks before her fifth birthday.
If the successes that have come to her over her 16 years of skating are any indication of what her Disney On Ice audition may hold, Clark just may get her fairy tale ending after all.
“This would be an opportunity of a lifetime to skate, tour the world and work all at the same time,” imagines Clark. “It would be a dream come true for me.”