Bound For Disney On Ice
Johnson To Tour US Beginning In September
Education has always been important to Morgan Johnson.
Heck, she’s one year away from earning degrees in both mathematics and communications from the University at Buffalo.
Pretty heady stuff.
But the Lakewood resident will be excusing herself from roaming the Amherst campus for the 2018-19 academic year, because, well, she is about to realize a dream.
Already an accomplished figure skater — she’s been on the ice since she was 4 and has taken lessons from Kirk Wyse and Lenel Van den Berg since she was 6 — the 20-year-old will be taking her talents to Disney on Ice from September to May as part of the Worlds of Enchantment Tour.
The tour will take her throughout the east coast and as far west as California with multiple shows performed Thursday through Sunday each week.
“I love skating and I love performing, and you’re getting paid to do what you love,” she said Monday afternoon at the Northwest Arena. “And … I like traveling, so living out of a suitcase excites me.”
Landing a spot in the cast was a long process and included taped and in-person auditions. Morgan, who is also a decorated competitor, learned she had been selected in July.
“It was definitely worth the wait,” she said.
Morgan credits her coaches, Wyse and Van den Berg, for making it possible.
“They really push you to be your best and they expect a lot from you … but they want what’s best for you,” she said, adding that she has worked with them out of Cornerstone Arena in Lockport. “It helps that they were involved in (ice shows earlier in their careers). It helps to have that guidance.”
Armed with that influence, Morgan will now be able to travel to Washington, D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado and California in the next eight months.
And, of course, there will be stops in New York where she will perform in shows in Syracuse in December and Buffalo and Rochester in January.
“I’m hoping with this tour experience I can find what I really want to do,” said Morgan, who will be taking two online classes in the fall semester. “I love math, but (with that) it’s all desk jobs. I don’t want that.”
What she wants is time on the ice, doing what she loves most.
“(Wyse and Van den Berg) always said that I’m a theatrical skater,” Morgan said.
And now, finally, she has the ultimate stage to showcase her talents.