Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure: Q&A with MN Native, Steven Grant

Updated: 02/18/2014 9:39 AM KSTP.com By: Sarina Long

Steven Grant, Minnesota native
Steven Grant, Minnesota native
Photo: Xcel Energy Center

Mickey and friends
Mickey and friends
Photo: Xcel Energy Center

Pirate adventures
Pirate adventures
Photo: Xcel Energy Center

Skating has been a part of Steven Grant's life since he was 3 years old. I had a chance to talk to the Oakdale native before he and cast of Disney's Passport to Adventure perform at the Xcel Energy Center. Show runs this Thursday through Sunday.

Tell me about how you landed this opportunity with Disney.
I auditioned in December 2012. I'm very lucky to be a part of this. I grew up singing Disney songs, watching all the movies. Performing is something I'm really passionate about. Now I'm excited to come home and skate at the Xcel Energy Center, something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid.

What characters do you play during Passport to Adventure?
I'm a starfish during "Under the Sea", a beach boy in the Lilo and Stitch section, and my favorite role is a pirate from the Peter Pan adventure.

What can the audience expect?
Passport to Adventure is entertaining, and the best of all 8 Disney On Ice shows. It's fun for all ages. You'll see all of your childhood favorites, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. It features The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.

Skating achievements (competitions/awards):
I'm a National competitor for theatre on ice, Gold medalist in field moves, passed up to junior freestyle, Pre-silver Ice Dancer, 6 year mid-west synchronized skater, ISI worlds competitor.

What are a few of your favorite hobbies?
Singing, songwriting, playing guitar, piano, theatre, and dance

Who are your role models?                                                                                                    My parents are my biggest supporters. I feel like I reached my ultimate goal after my first performance. I instantly teared up when I saw them. Also, my Great Aunt Babe, and my coach, Brenda Leonard.

Hometown club where you trained?
Woodbury Figure Skating Club

Where did you go to high school/college?
St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists

What are your personal and professional goals?
I would love become a professional songwriter for big artists and to keep performing with Disney On Ice for as many years as I can. Being a choreographer is also something that I would love to do for one of the shows.

If you weren't performing, what other career would you choose?
Community theatre, producing music, and being a figure skating coach

What advice would you give to kids who have a dream/desire to do something like skating?
To always have faith and to never let anyone destroy what you truly believe you are destined to do.

What did you do prior to joining Feld Entertainment?
I worked at Target.

Do you have any superstitions or pre-performance rituals?
I like to listen to some music to pump myself up as well as some jump roping.

What is your favorite memory on or off the ice?
Being in the pit at a Lady Gaga concert

If you could be a professional athlete in any other sport, what would it be and why?
Hockey because of my family history and to show all the other hockey players how to stay on an edge.

Is there a particular cause that you support? Why?
Bullying. I have dealt with bullying in the past with being a male figure skater, and I know what it is like to be an outcast. It's never easy growing up in a state where it is all about hockey. In a way it has made me stronger as a person and a skater.

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure comes to Saint Paul for eight performances Dec. 12-15. Tickets are on sale now at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.