ABC FAMILY’S “SWITCHED AT BIRTH” STAR LUCAS GRABEEL TO JOIN BELLA THORNE AND COCO JONES AS A GUEST ARTIST IN THE 2013 PROGRESSIVE SKATING & GYMNASTICS SPECTACULAR AT JAMESTOWN SAVINGS BANK ARENA ON DECEMBER 14
- Tickets currently on sale –
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (August 2, 2013) – One of the stars of the ABC Family hit TV seriesSwitched at Birth and also one of the stars of the Disney Channel’s original movies High School Musical, High School Musical 2, and the feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Lucas Grabeel, has joined the cast of the 2013 Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
The show brings together stars of two of the most popular Olympic Sports – figure skating and gymnastics – and pairs the sporting exhibition with live musical performances by Grabeel, Bella Thorne, and Coco Jones.
Tickets are on sale now.
The event will be hosted by Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, three-time U.S. figure skating champion Michael Weiss, and Olympic gymnastics champions Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.
The star-studded figure skating cast is scheduled to include:
· Two-time Olympic medalist, three-time World champion and seven-time Canadian champion Elvis Stojko
· Olympic medalist, World medalist and six-time Canadian champion Joannie Rochette
· Two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner
· U.S. champion Ryan Bradley
· U.S. champion Max Aaron
· U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
U.K. current Dancing on Ice champions Beth Tweddle & Daniel Whiston
The cast is also scheduled to include the following gymnastics stars:
Olympic champion Nastia Liukin
Olympic medalist, World medalist, and U.S. champion Jonathan Horton
Olympic medalist and World champion, Beth Tweddle
World medalist and U.S. champion Jake Dalton
World medalist and U.S. champion John Orozco
Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
Lucas Grabeel began his career staring in the Disney Channel original moviesHalloweentown High and Return to Halloweentown. In 2006, he was cast as Ryan Evans in Disney Channel’s, High School Musical, which led to High School Musical 2 and the feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Grabeel’s television guest appearances include: CSI, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Boston Legal, Veronica Mars andSmallville. Grabeel returned to the stage in 2009 under the direction of Jason Alexander in The Fantasticks, also starring Eric McCormick. In 2008, he appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn.
Grabeel now stars in ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, which is now in its second season. He has been nominated twice for Teen Choice Awards – the first in 2011 for Choice Summer TV Star: Male and the second in 2013 for Choice TV Actor: Drama.
Grabeel again will be joined by acting and singing sensations Bella Thorne and Coco Jones.
Thorne, star of the hit Disney Channel original series Shake It Up has sky rocketed to fame with her tween/teen fans playing aspiring dancer ‘Cece Jones’. She recently returned from South Africa where she was filming the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy Blended in which Thorne stars as Sandler’s daughter.
Coco Jones is both an actress and recording artist who is currently on the All Around The World tour with pop sensation Mindless Behavior and the OMG Girlz. She released her first E.P., “Made Of,” earlier this year. The album’s first single, “Holla at the DJ,” has had a soaring success, peaking at #3 on Radio Disney’s Dot Com Top #3, and garnering over 2.2 million views on YouTube.
The show will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 (1-3 p.m. EST). Following the initial telecast on NBC there will be two rebroadcasts of the show on AXS TV (a national cable network owned by Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest).
The show, in its entirety, will be posted onIceNetwork.com for viewing for six months following the initial telecast on NBC
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