Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Broadway tunes, Olympic dreams at SV ice show

Fourth of July show debuts 9-show season

Popular Broadway music is the theme of the 2013 Sun Valley Ice Show that debuts Thursday, July 4 with the first of nine performances staged through Labor Day weekend at Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink.
    The summer shows, choreographed by former world professional skating champ Lori Benton of McCall, feature several up-and-coming headliners that will remind audiences that the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia are nine months away.
    U.S. women’s champion Ashley Wagner, promising American singles skaters Agnes Zawadzki and Josh Farris, and ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donahue, and Canadian dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier all have Olympic aspirations.
    Other headliners like Evan Lysacek, Surya Bonaly, Kurt Browning and Johnny Weir will lend years of international competitive and show experience to the weekly shows.
    Ice show producer and Sun Valley Director of Recreation Lana Breazeale said, “We’re bringing in some new talent to establish new relationships with them. Some of these kids are fantastic.” Ice show director Scott Irvine added, “There are all kinds of top tier young competitors coming to the show. It will be exciting to watch.”
    “Our focus in the ensemble numbers will be on Broadway music, and a lot of the headliners will do Broadway music, too,” said Irvine. “The music is fantastic. It fits our setting and the look has the feel of a show.”
    Tickets are currently on sale for the 77th summer of the Sun Valley Ice Show. Contact the Sun Valley Recreation Office, 622-2135. Tickets may be purchased online at All seating is reserved and advance reservations are recommended.
    See next week’s Idaho Mountain Express for a full ice show season schedule and more details about headliners and the 2013 ensemble cast.

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