Harvard's "An Evening with Champions" annual benefit show ~ September 29-30, 2012

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  1. Tammi

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    Intermission at Friday nights show. Pretty good sized crowd here. First half exhibitors did a wonderful job entertaining the audience. Jason's program just has to be seen :) . Looking forward to the second half and already have tickets to see the show again tomorrow!
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  2. Debbie S

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    Glad you're having fun! Looking forward to the reports from our FSU attendees. :)
  3. misskarne

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    I'm so jealous! (Especially since I'm sitting at dull old work right now!)

    Did Jason do "Drop in the Ocean" or another number?

    Glad you're enjoying it though :cool:
  4. Tammi

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    Jason did MC Hammers "You can't touch this ". Got the honor of seeing Jeremy's Les Mis program...... Beautiful!!!!
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    Just got home - great show. I didn't take notes.
    So true - Jason was so fun. I saw him win the JGP last Dec, but did not stay for exhibition. It was cool to see another side of him, very fun, you could tell he was enjoying himself. Hammer Time!
    Jeremy's program to Les Miz was beautiful, unfortunately he messed up some jumps that pulled me out of the moment. When skated cleanly it will be mesmerizing.
    Other skaters:
    Kimmie M - so nice to see her. Not a difficult program, but she has grown as a skater.
    Christina Gao- lovely purple dress - lovely program
    NavBoms - so excited to see them again. It just seems like they love being out on the ice and it shows.
    Melanie and Fred - great to see them, fun program, a little slow from the last time I saw them, but pure entertainers, great pairs moves.
    Paul had an iPad and announced that the Protopovs would not be there and he recorded the cheers for them. Not sure if he said why they were not there, could not always understand what he or Emily were saying.
    Ryan Bradley - skated to Footloose - fun program, definitely one of the crowds favorites. Back flip of course.
    Castelli and Schanpir (sp?) really lovely program, they have skated in this event for a few years now and they are really maturing and improving. Nice to see.
    Lots of other skaters, but can't remember all their names right now. off to bed.
    But if anyone can go on Sun - go - such a great show and a great cause.
  6. Theatregirl1122

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    I'll post my pictures in a bit (hopefully later tonight but since I have yet to post my Skate Canada pictures, I make no promises) but here is my (in no teknic, not very informative) review. Where I use the word "nice" too much.

    Yasmin Siraj: GFB. Really, very nice. I enjoyed it a lot.
    Kylie Duarte & Colin Grafton: I remember really liking it but thinking their double twist was really low. My mom really liked them as well.
    Jason Brown: He did "Can't Touch This" in a sequined vest. Definitely not what I was expecting. :lol: But it was great. He's my mom's new favorite.
    Emily Hughes: A cover of Paint it Black sung by a woman but I don't know who. It wasn't really a great song choice for her and I have a feeling she hadn't been planning on skating here for very long because there wasn't much choreography. But it was nice to see her anyways.
    Douglas Razzano: He did the Jersey Boys versions of Rag Doll and Walk Like A Man. Another one where I kind of felt like he was milling around and didn't have much choreography. But I do like Jersey Boys.
    Anastasia Cannuscio & Coin McManus: Turning Tables. Not that we needed another Adele program, but it was actually a great exhibition. Lots of very nice choreographic details and I thought they sold it well. He did have a big stumble, though.
    Kimmie Meissner: GFB. She was beautiful. She has become so much more expressive over the last few years. I really enjoyed watching her. She did doubles up to 2A. Emily and Paul talked to Kimmie and she said she started skating again last summer and that she was skating in Tokyo soon.

    Intermission

    Blake Rosenthall: Blake is apparently a junior at Harvard now. She did a cute number to Let's Get Loud which was in clear violation of the "no one may skate to anything that could have been used for the SD last season" rule, but she did a nice job.
    Christina Gao: I think she was doing her SP. She fell on a triple loop but I thought the program suited her. (Although I thought the dress was too weighed down with fabric, actually)
    Ross Miner: Frank Sinatra's version of Luck Be a Lady. He was really fun to watch. A lot of personality in this number. Also he is far more attractive when not wearing things like last year's SP costume. I volunteer to personally burn that.
    Kim and Brent: Amy Winehouse's Mercy. A lot of fun, of course. It ended with Kim getting dragged around on the ice while attached to Brent's foot. I've always loved them. But Brent has to shave. ;)
    Agnes Zawadzki: I Will Always Love You. This was a surprising choice of music for her. I actually really enjoyed it although I'm not sure a giant 80s ponytail was required (my mother says "no wonder I was thinking I liked her hair"). She's improved so much since she left Tom Z.
    Ryan Bradley: Cut Loose. Classic Ryan Bradly. Lot's of fun, totally hammed it up, did a back flip, wore really tight pants, and took his shirt off. ;) The ladies definitely enjoyed it. I was also very amused by his conversation with Paul and Emily. Right after he finished skating Paul asked him what he'd been up to and Ryan said "As of recently, trying to breathe." :lol:
    Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir: Michael Buble's Feeling Good. There are plenty of "Feeling Good" Exhibitions in the world but theirs was really great. Lots of great choreographic moments. Also I loved Marissa's dress.
    Jeremy Abbott: Bring Him Home free skate. Okay, I enjoy Jeremy's skating and programs but I'm not an uber because I can't take the emotional turmoil. I don't know about transitions and difficulty because I wasn't watching for that. But he sells this program beautifully. I loved it. If he ever skates it clean, I'll probably cry. For all Les Mis is overused, Bring Him Home is a perfect fit for Jeremy.


    Overall it was an absolutely great show. If anyone in the area isn't planning to go, get tickets and go tomorrow. There were very few performances that I didn't really enjoy. The Harvard Students did a great job!
  7. Garden Kitty

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    Thanks for the detailed review! Sounds like a great show.
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    Yay for all the videos and photos!!!! :cheer2:

    I had goosebumps in the first five seconds of Jeremy's program. :swoon: Yeah, I'm going to be a blubbering mess if it he nails this program at Skate America or Nationals. :lol:

    I loved Duarte/Grafton!!!! I knew their song sounded familiar, so I looked it up and it was used on So You Think You Can Dance this year. "Turning Page" by Sleeping At Last.

    Marissa and Simon looked great! And Jason Brown was hilarious! :lol:
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  12. alilou

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  14. lulu

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    Thanks so much for the review, sounds like you had a great time. :) I'm looking forward to seeing Kimmie skate at the Medal Winners Open. I wonder she is going to skate to the same program at the upcoming competition? As a rule, I usually prefer any type of music to the GFB, but it sounds like she did a nice job with the program.
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    Back to back triple axels in show lights? I guess Jeremy's allowed one fall here. Loved the turning lunge. Jeremy's webmaster posts that this did not include the first 40 seconds where the quad will appear. Soo glad we get to see it at Skate America very very soon!
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    GFB? :confused: what's that?
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    Generic Female Ballad :rofl:
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    "Generic Female Ballad"
  19. kirkbiggestfan

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    Taking an 8yo there today. How long was the show? Thanks for the reviews
  20. ioana

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    Ah, I actually saw her practicing this on a FS session and thought the program suited her. Kept thinking she looked familiar, but couldn't figure out why or where from. And, to think I really liked Blake's Adele program from last year's show :shuffle:. Thanks for the review; looking forward to today's show!

    ETA: Now sure about this EWC, but most years they are somewhere around 2-2:30 hours, with a 15 min intermission.
  21. RD

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    Oh. :lol: Yeah, there are certainly lots of those...
  22. Frau Muller

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    Thanks for the reports but I'm so sorry that the Protopopovs did not show. Did Paul give a reason? I hope that they are OK, health wise.
  23. SaSherka

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    Let's hope there are tickets at the door! :)
  24. Tammi

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    Paul mentioned that Olegs doctor was the one who said he could not skate at this time. Using his iPad though, Paul recorded a video shout out from the audience. It was a very thoughtful thing to do.
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  26. Theatregirl1122

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    Yes, he said that Oleg was okay but that he couldn't skate.
  27. ioana

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    The not-so-good
    -Hopefully we can get a new sound system for the arena. Mini-interviews after a program are a good idea, but not so much when half the audience has no idea what's being said.
    -Haydenettes are a great team, but why didn't they close out the first half? Both Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus and Kimmie Meisner skated after them. They handled it very well and they all get bonus points in my book for being very professional about the situation. Chewed up ice, spotlights and either lifts or jumps are not the safest combination I could think of.
    -Paul and Emily decided to talk about her Olympic experience *after* Doug Razzano took the ice and went on for a few minutes while he skated around the boards. Erm, timing?

    The good
    -The entire cast, but especially Kim/Brent. Loved seeing them live again.
    -Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus with a well-choreographed program and very smooth edges, despite the ice conditions.
    -Jeremy Abbott going for his quad in the SP
    -Castelli & Shnapir looked great and ready for the fall season. Their throw 3salchow is massive and always very well done. Marissa also skated with Act I, the Theater on Ice group. As did Jason Wong.
    -Jason Brown and Can’t Touch this. SaSherka and I went with a non-skating friend who liked his program and Ryan Bradley’s the most.
    -Ryan Bradley and his performance level. Is it even possible for him not to sell a program :p?
    -Paul and Emily co-hosting. Paul went out and did a nice flying camel and Emily commented on that so he went on to say “bah, only level 1.”
    -Audience standing up to give the Protopopovs a standing ovation and Emily getting all of it on an ipad so they can see the video.

    Theatregirl –Syracuse’s women lacrosse team was on campus for a game. You missed them by a day ;)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSopV9VYYx4 -Kim/Brent
    http://youtu.be/DBCgYMCV2bA Ryan Bradley's Footloose and his interview

    ETA: Does anyone know why Davis and Ladwig were no-shows? I was looking forward to seeing them in person. Also, was Layla from Harvard's FSC group number Yasmin's sister? SaSherka and I thought it might be her, but it was hard to be sure with the lights.
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  28. RFOS

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    Yes, Layla Siraj was in the Harvard group number. :)
  29. Theatregirl1122

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    Must have been a scrimmage, Ioana. It isn't lacrosse season. But I'll see them in the spring, so I'm not too upset. ;)
  30. DORISPULASKI

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    The guy driving the UVM bus said it was a lacrosse tournament. Maybe it was some preseason thingie?
  31. Theatregirl1122

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    It would be fall ball. Lacrosse teams are allowed to have a month of practices and one day of scrimmages in the fall. Their season starts in February. (Which is probably more information than anyone wanted about lacrosse. :lol:)
  32. Sylvia

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    Thanks for posting Jason Brown's program. I'm glad to see there is a male skater on the horizon with real performance ability. We may see the return of professional skating someday!
  34. DORISPULASKI

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    Thank you, Doris!
  36. lulu

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    Great review, thanks :)
  37. peibeck

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    ZOMG, loved Jason Brown's program.

    I like Jeremy's program, although this instrumental version of "Bring Him Home" is pretty snoozy. Will be interesting to see how the program develops over the season.
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  39. DORISPULASKI

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    I think it's Bennett Gottlieb.
    I couldn't understand what Paul Wylie was saying. It sounded like Benton Copley to me, which is similar. Since then, I've looked for someone with a name similar to Benton Copley who might be skating at New Englands, and Bennett looks like the closest name to what I heard.
  40. kittyjake5

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    Thanks Doris! Great review!