If the on-ice flirtation between Ariel the Mermaid and Prince Eric seems more than a staged show, that's because it is - the two principal skaters in Disney on Ice's newest offering, "Princess Wishes," got married in real life in August.
"We have that special spark on the ice," says Canada native George Selimos, aka Prince Eric.
Ariel and Eric are just one couple in a production that features seven of Disney's princesses: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan and Snow White. Tinkerbell weaves all the stories into one hour-and-45-minute extravaganza, which includes a 15-minute intermission.
Selimos is the ever-loyal husband: He says his favorite scene in the show is his paired dance in which he tosses Ariel in the air and spins her to the music of "Kiss the Girl." But Denver native Robyn Sudkamp, who skates as Ariel, votes for a different couple as her showstopper: She loves to watch Sleeping Beauty's Prince Philip fight a dragon.
Selimos and Sudkamp met during a Disney on Ice production several years ago. "It's something that naturally fell into place," says Selimos, who is 29 and started skating as a boy. "An element of me was definitely attracted to her skating skills." Sudkamp started skating after a trip to the Ice Capades when she was 6. She was upset when, upon arriving at the show, she found out that she wasn't going to be allowed on the ice herself. So her mom took her skating that week, then she started lessons and began competing. She's now 33 and has been in Disney shows for 10 years, performing in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
At night, the couple shares a hotel room on the road. Sudkamp, true to mermaid character, likes to take a bath. Selimos listens to music, plays video games and, of course, chats with his wife about work. "It's fun to go home at night," Selimos says, "and be able to talk about how things went."
WHAT: "Princess Wishes"
WHEN | WHERE: Eight shows at Nassau Coliseum; 7 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday
INFO: $23-$83; 516-794-9300, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com; disneyonice.com
MORE: The show moves to Madison Square Garden Jan. 21-23.