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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

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Mad hatters' parade

The New Paper | Tan Tam Mei | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

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.

The 30-year-old 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 train 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.

A typical day will see Mrs Erickson heading to the gym before beginning rehearsals for her two main roles. She plays Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, while taking on two more ensemble roles as a pirate and a fish.

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