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Training pays off for Nemo skater

DONNING a fish costume 14 times a week doesn't sound like much fun but its all in a day's work for ice skater Natasha Engelby as she prepares for her role in this year's Disney on Ice spectacular 'Finding Nemo'.

DONNING a fish costume 14 times a week doesn't sound like much fun but its all in a day's work for ice skater Natasha Engelby as she prepares for her role in this year's Disney on Ice spectacular 'Finding Nemo'.

The Disney/Pixar hit is set to slip into Birmingham's NIA from November 5 to November 16 and Natasha, who trained at Solihull's ice rink, is busy rehearsing her role as Tad, a fishy 'school pupil' in the forthcoming all singing all dancing production.

"My home rink was Telford but I trained at Solihull from the age of 10 to 13. I would go on Tuesday and Thursday nights and also on a Saturday.

"I was also in the Precision Team."

It's the first time the 25 -year- old has toured with Disney and it's an experience she is relishing. "The audiences are pretty good and the actual costumes are pretty easy to move in. Children and adults love it and that's the magic of it- even with the credit crunch. My favourite scene is the turtle number which I am in. We have lots of fun."

"It's tough being away from home but the French and German graduate is no stranger to fending for herself having left home to go to university.

"I'm quite a homely person and I do miss my family. We have toured Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, London and then Birmingham and finally Sheffield. I am only here for the UK tour but the rest of the cast go to Europe and then back to Ireland. I was finding it difficult to get a job so I decided to go for the UK tour but then I will be hopefully be looking for a job in marketing or public relations."

The amazing underwater world of clown-fish Nemo and his overprotective father Marlin is sure to charm audiences as the ocean is brought to life with a cast of colourful characters. Thrill as Bruce the Shark and his friends try and stick to a vegetarian diet and make waves with Nemo's new friends The Tank Gang as they plot an escape from the dentist's aquarium in this whale of a tale full of laughter and fun.

 

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