Rossie's getting his skates on for Floral Pavilion ice show

Wirral Globe: Radio City's Simon Ross Radio City's Simon Ross

RADIO City presenter Simon Ross will skate in front of audiences at the Floral Pavilion when Peter Pan On Ice is staged next month.

The Russian Ice Stars' new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's famous fantasy adventure story of the boy who never grew up will be staged at the New Brighton venue from Wednesday, February 12 - Saturday, February 15.

Having heard how Rossie likes to try something new, the show’s producer phoned his Breakfast Show and challenged him to take part in the production.

Rossie will play Pirate Buccaneer Bob throughout the show’s run and will also narrate.

If the skating doesnt come off, he's going to take part in a circus trick which involves hanging above the stage by a rope attached only to his wrist.

The presenter admits he cannot skate at all, but said he was up for the challenge and gladly accepted the challenge.

He told the Globe: "I can’t skate, but I'm sure we’ll get over that. After I was asked to take part, our sports producer, Simmo, egged me on to do it, so I couldn’t really say no.

"Having the opportunity to appear on stage with the world-famous Russian Ice Stars on the fabulous stage at the Floral Pavilion is too good to pass up."

Asked whether his Floral Pavilion debut heralded the start of a stage career, replied: "I'm a radio man through and through and, from time to time offers like these come in."

He joked: "However, my acting talents are as good as my singing, so I don’t think a stage career will blossom."

Formed in 1993, The Russian Ice Stars feature many former Olympic competitors.

Prior to this production, the company received national acclaim with the most lavish productions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and are also responsible for the unique concept of combining circus skills and ice dance in Cirque de Glace.

They have even performed Peter Pan on Ice in Monaco at the request of Prince Rainier.

The show's producer, Julian Deplidge, said: “From listening to Rossie on the Radio City Breakfast Show, I know he’s a bit of a show-off and so thought it would be great to see if he was up for the challenge of being part of Peter Pan on Ice.

"I'm delighted he accepted and we're busy re-working the show to incorporate him.

"He'll be a great addition as he’ll also act as a narrator to make the story clear for our younger audience members.

"The Floral Pavilion is a wonderful venue and we’re delighted to be there with this incredible show.

"We pioneered the concept of theatre on ice by producing full-length productions.

"We build a full-size ice rink on theatre stages allowing audiences to see some jaw-dropping moves close-up; this is where it's different from the traditional view you get in an ice arena.

"We work with the best skaters in the business and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved with Peter Pan on Ice.”

Tickets are from www.floralpavilion.com or the box Office on 0151 666 0000.

To follow Rossie’s progress as he prepares for the show, tune in to Radio City 96.7 weekdays from 6-10am.

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