The princess stories that are part of the latest edition of Disney on Ice feature the ''happily ever after'' endings that some believe only exist in fairy tales.
Kelly Everett is proof that fairy tales can come true.
Everett met her husband, Junichi Takemura, touring with Disney on Ice, and they are one of four married couples in the troupe that starts a seven-performance run tonight at the Covelli Centre.
In a telephone interview, Everett said she and Takemura met four years ago when both were skaters in Disney on Ice's ''100 Years of Magic'' tour.
''We were friends first,'' she said. ''We liked to do the same kinds of things (off the ice) ... We were together a lot by default. Little by little, we spent more time together and realized it was more than friendship.''
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WHAT: Disney on Ice - ''Princess Wishes''
WHEN: 7 p.m. today and Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Covelli Centre,
229 E. Front St., Youngstown
HOW MUCH: Tickets range from
$20.40 to $50.10.
''It's a different situation,'' Everett said. ''These people become your family. It's more than just showing up at work. You're together all the time. It's your social life, your work environment. It's almost inevitable that people are going to get together. You do see a lot of couples on the road together.''
Everett and Takemura, who is a native of Japan, were married in June in Everett's hometown of Baltimore. Everett's mother and sister handled all of the wedding arrangement while the bride and groom were on the road, but Everett said one of the other married couples on the tour did all of their wedding planning while on the road.
Now that they are married, Everett said she and her husband have no plans to look for a less nomadic job.
''It kind of sucks you in, the show life,'' she said. ''How many jobs can you do where at the end of the day, thousands of people stand up and cheer.''
Takemura primarily skates the role of Li Shang from ''Mulan'' while Everett plays many parts in the production, which features abbreviated versions of the stories involving Disney's most popular princesses - Snow White from ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,'' Cinderella from ''Cinderella,'' Aurora from ''Sleeping Beauty,'' Ariel from ''The Little Mermaid,'' Belle from ''Beauty and the Beast,'' Jasmine from ''Aladdin'' and Mulan from ''Mulan.''
''Tinkerbell is kind of a narrator,'' Everett said. ''She serves as host and takes us through the enchanting stories of the princesses.''
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy also make appearances.
The set up allows the skaters to perform routines choreographed to some of Disney's best-loved songs, including ''A Whole New World,'' ''Heigh Ho,'' ''Be Our Guest,'' ''Part of Your World,'' ''A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes'' and ''When You Wish Upon a Star.''
Everett said the first act finale choreographed to ''Under the Sea'' from ''The Little Mermaid'' is a big crowd pleaser.
''Eric and Ariel is a huge segment of the show that ends act one,'' she said. ''Everyone seems to really love that.''