Growing up near Boston, Mass., Tommy Do was swept into the hockey culture of the area, first lacing the skates at the age of 5.
“It was about a year later that I decided I wanted to pursue the artistic side of skating, so I started figure skating,” Do says. “I was competitive until I was about 13 but then focused on pursuing college.”
However, when he was invited to audition for Disney on Ice in 2006, he couldn’t say no.
“There are a lot of different facets to Disney on Ice skating,” he says. “You need to show your artistic side and your acting abilities, as well as the technical side and exercises that include groups to see how your work with other skaters.”
Do joined Feld Entertainment in 2007 and over the past decade has performed in Disney’s “High School Musical: The Ice Tour,” “Disney On Ice presents Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey,” “Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic” and “Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart.”
Currently, he’s skating with “Mickey’s Search Party,” which will be headed to the EagleBank Arena for nine show between Oct. 3-7. Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit eaglebankarena.com.
“This show really piqued my interest and I was thrilled to be added to the cast,” Do says. “I play a number of characters in the show. I’m in the opening, I play a big fork in ‘Be Our Guest’ and I just get to be on the ice a lot.”
Do’s signature move is the cantilever. Similar to the spread eagle, he travels along a deep edge and with knees bent, bends his back backwards, parallel to the ice. As a gay skater, Do shares that the Disney on Ice atmosphere is very inclusive and everyone is welcoming.
“We have a number of LGBT cast members and everyone is extremely supportive and tolerant and it’s a great environment to work in,” he says. “You get very close with everyone. You live, work and travel together and the cast is really disciplined and have a great deal of focus, which brings everyone together in terms of teamwork.”
Do and his friends enjoy exploring the cities they visit and he often pops into the local LGBT hangouts and looks forward to seeing what’s happening in D.C.
“We have very busy schedules, but often we have a couple of days off in a city to explore, relax and hang out,” he says.
The theme of this year’s ice spectacular is a big departure from the usual Disney on Ice fare as they decided to include a lot of acrobats and high-flying performers to the show.
“We have a flying carousel in the ‘Be Our Guest’ number, where it comes to life,” Do says. “It’s really incredible to see the athleticism of these skaters, as well as the performance side of things.”
The show revolves around the search for Tinker Bell, and the audience gets to join in on the fun as the Disney gang uses Captain Hook’s treasure map to look for clues to find the popular fairy.
For the first time ever, Disney on Ice features the movie “Coco,” with Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, and other segments of the adventure will showcase “Frozen,” “Moana,” “Toy Story” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Looking ahead, Do would like to continue in the company for a long time; he’s also pursuing comedy in his spare time.
“I love what I do and opening this show has been an exciting experience for me, especially with everything they are doing to improve the brand and the shows,” he says. “It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.”