OUR LITTLE TINKER-NATS: Nats takes to the ice while inset, the stars practice their moves Picture: Tony Jones

I MANAGED to break the ice with the performers from the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange’s latest show.

Ahead of Peter Pan On Ice which opened on Wednesday, I was lucky enough to have a peek at the rink and watch some of the rehearsals.

The ice dancers, mostly from Russia, looked wonderful as they elegantly spun around the rink – and I even managed to trust them to lift me up.

And as I perched there, imagining I was world ice dance champion Jane Torvill, I could see where the audience would sit and I thought they will be in for a treat with this show, which runs until Sunday.

Jeremie Panyanouvong, from France, aka Peter Pan, said this was a relatively new role for him and his first time to Lynn.

“I’m the new baby and I’m finding it really interesting learning from the Russian skaters.

“I’m really enjoying it, I like to give the audience some magic and for them to dream and put a smile on their faces.”

Meanwhile, Katya Boki, from Russia, tells me she has been performing on the ice for around 20 years.

As well as ice skating, she will be harnessed up as she flies around the auditorium for her role as Tinker Bell.

I secretly decide this would be the role I would choose – I quite fancy being able to fly around with glittery wings – but then I have a fear of heights, so maybe not after all.

“I love this job, I have travelled all around the UK and the world doing different performances such as Snow White,” said Miss Boki, who will be travelling to Indonesia next week with the Peter Pan On Ice show.

“But I like the role as Tinker Bell – children seem to enjoy it and seeing their reactions is always nice.”

I was also fascinated to see some of the work that goes behind scenes and learn how the ice is made.

A whopping 14 tons of ice is used on stage, which equals the weight of two double-decker buses.

Fourteen thousand litres of water is used to build the rink – that’s enough water to make more than 56,000 cups of tea.

And, considering it takes 140 hours to build the rink and 30 hours to dismantle it, a strict timetable needed to be followed in order that it was ready in time for  Wednesday’s opening show.

The process involved installing two 15m by 15m industrial pool liners laid on the stage to create a large, but shallow swimming pool.

Four tons of crushed ice was then spread over the floor pipes, providing a head start in the freezing process.

From this point, the rink was sprayed with water every 20-30 minutes until it reached 8cm thick.

So, after talking to the performers, it does seem an interesting job, travelling the world making people smile.

But, as I hate the cold and prefer water to be used in a teapot as opposed to ice, I think I will stay put in a warm cosy office.

Peter Pan On Ice is at the Corn Exchange, today (Friday), tomorrow and Sunday.

Tickets from Box Office: 01553 764864.

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