A scene from Rockin' Ever After
Adam Loosley’s mom and dad are ice skating coaches, who raised their boy with a passion for the ice. He grew up skating on a small town ice rink in Ontario, Canada, and eventually, brought his inherited love for skating to the national stage on the Canadian National Team.
“I always liked the flow that skating has,” Loosley says. “You take one step and go really far and feel the wind in your face—and the jumping was always a big pull for me when I was younger.”
But after the peak of his competitive career, he was ready to hang up the skates until he discovered a new opportunity.
“I realized I can keep performing,” he says. “And that’s what I really love, even more so than skating, is being able to perform and tell stories.” For the last decade, he’s been helping tell the stories of beloved Disney characters as a Disney On Ice skater.
Loosley is the Male Line Captain (the man in charge of all the male performers) for Disney On Ice’s current show, Rockin’ Ever After. The show features scenes from The Little Mermaid, Brave, Beauty and the Beast and Tangled. You can see the show at the EnergySolutions Arena March 5–9. You’ll also see Loosley on the ice as a rockstar and manipulating Princess Ariel’s rope during her Spanish web routine. Click here for tickets.
We chatted with Loosley on what else we should expect from the show.
This show is pretty princess-heavy with Belle, Ariel, Repunzel and Merida. What’s in it for the boys?
“We have our Disney princesses in the show everyone loves to see, but the show really is for the guys as well. In Beauty and the Beast, the boys love Gaston. He has a huge part in the tavern scene. And of course LeFou is his sidekick and provides some really funny comic relief. Boys will love Maximus in the Tangled number and all of the ‘Under the Sea’ creatures. The Beast, and of course Mickey, Donald and Goofy are all there for the guys.”
What about the parents?
“There really is something for everyone—the boys, the girls, the moms, the dads, grandmas and grandpas. Even the technical aspects of the show are really impressive, so it’s really something for everyone.”
Do you have a favorite scene?
“The Beauty and the Beast segment is my absolute favorite, because I absolutely love the classic music. I don’t think you can beat Beauty and the Beast music. I just love it. I love skating to it and performing to it. It feels like you’re part of a Broadway play on a frozen stage.”
What do you like about interacting with the kids?
“We love it when they dress up. So many kids come dressed as their favorite prince, princess or other Disney character. And we really get a lot of energy from them, because their faces really do light up when they see their favorite characters. In a sense, Disney on Ice brings Disney World or Disneyland to your hometown.”
Where have you taken the show so far?
“This is our second season touring [this show]. We did a whole East Coast tour last year. We did Mexico and Canada dates as well in the summer, and now we’re here on the West Coast and finish off our North American tour in May. So, we’ve been on the road for a little over a year and a half. The traveling is an absolutely unbelievable part of the life. I’ve been to 31 different countries over the years with this job.”
Any advice to aspiring skaters?
“Go for it. Don’t look at it and say ‘I would never be able to do that.’ Look at it and say ‘I’m going to do that.’ I could have just hung up my skates early and not put in an auction video for Disney on Ice, and that changed the entire course of my life. I’m really glad I took that chance.”
Your favorite Disney character, go!
“My absolute favorite Disney character of all time is Woody from Toy Story, and he’s been my favorite ever since Toy Story came out. Toy Story 2 was my very first ice show 10 years ago, so that always had a special place in my heart as well."