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    I miss Champions on Ice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    I miss Champions on Ice!!!
    Me too. I'm glad SOI is still plugging along though and it sounds as if last year's show, even with a decreased touring schedule was quite good. I'd especially love to see Kurt, Katia, Ilia and the Kerrs.

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    One thing I'm curious about is the timing of some of the shows. There's only one show on Friday and one on Saturday...the others are Sunday, and one on Monday (12/31). Is it cheaper for SOI to book arenas on days of the week that are not Fri or Sat? I was hoping to try to travel for either the Chicago (Fri 3/8) or Portland (Sun 3/10) show, but both probably means having to take time off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    I miss Champions on Ice!!!
    So do I.

    Isn't SOI rather pricey? (I haven't been in some time.) Did they price themselves out of the market?

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    Tickets for the Lake Placid show (Dec. 30 @7:30PM and the Hershey show (Dec. 31 @6:00PM) are on sale now via Internet presale. Tickets for the four shows in March are on sale tomorrow (Nov. 9) via Internet presale. Password for the Lake Placid show is STARS. I got a presale password for Kurt fans for the other shows: KURT.

    All the info I compiled on the tour (cast, showdates and times, ticket links): http://www.kurtfiles.com/soi/tournews.php#soi

    It is pretty sad that the tour is down to 6 cities, though they did post on Facebook that they're looking forward to a longer tour next season post-Olympics. A bit skeptical that they've found a sponsor to pay for it, but who knows?

    As for relative cost of venue, I do believe that Saturdays and probably Fridays are more expensive, but also there are scheduling conflicts with other events (concerts, hockey) to be worked around. The Allstate Arena in Chicago has games scheduled at 1pm and 7pm on Saturday Mar. 9, which is probably why that show is on Friday, while the Civic Center in Portland also has a game scheduled for that day, which is probably why its show is on a Sunday. Anaheim/San Jose are always Saturday/Sunday. However, the choice of Dec. 30 and 31 probably had more to do with it being a holiday than the venue cost, is my guess.

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    I am stunned. 6 shows? Are they going bankrupt?

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    It's true that the golden age of skating is past but I'd like to support what we do have rather than focus on what we don't have.

    As several folks have said, last year's show was really good. Kurt did a great job putting it together. Supporting it is the best way I know to ensure better times ahead.

    I know that the limited geography cuts out the participation of a lot of folks here who'd love to go and that is the sad part. However, for those who can, I think watching/helping them build again (if that can happen) would be a wonderful thing. It will never be the same - nothing is - but it can be really terrific. Let's hope.

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    I can certainly see your point. However, if you have never seen Dorthy Hammill skate..............the tickets are worth every penny. Dang, she is gorgeous out there just gliding around.
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    There were 12 SOI shows in Canada last year IIRC, and there were several sponsors, including a title sponsor. This helps to defray cost, since the choreo is largely the same, and the same costumes/props are used. Kurt's choreo was very well-received, so hopefully there will be a dozen Canadian shows again. Yes, audiences are down even in Canada compared to the "glory days" of pro skating, but perhaps SOI can rely more on the Canadian and Japanese markets for now, and attempt more US shows in the Olympic year.

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    As several folks have said, last year's show was really good. Kurt did a great job putting it together. Supporting it is the best way I know to ensure better times ahead.
    I've been going for years and would agree that last year's tour was a nice improvement over the last few.

    I wonder if the 2014 tour will be more like 2010, with mostly eligible skaters coming off the Olympics and using the old COI dates, starting in early April. The one thing I missed in the 2010 tour (compared to old COI) was top skaters from other countries. Back when there were no post-Worlds tours/shows in Asia or Russia, we used to get nearly all the best skaters. (I think the only overlap was a French tour that kept some skaters out of COI for the first half or so of the tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    I wonder if NYE is an afternoon show?
    NYE show starts at 6pm. Unless you're planning to spend NYE in Hershey, or just don't have other plans, it will be hard to fit it in. I'm afraid I won't be seeing the show this year.

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    First 2 shows are tonight in Lake Placid and tomorrow in Hershey, PA. If anyone attends, feel free to post your impressions, reviews, photos, etc.!

    I posted the link to a Dorothy Hamill interview (SOI is one of the topics) in this thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...figure-skating
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Posted on the SOI Facebook page - Backstage on Opening Night at Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NY!
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    It was a great show and well worth the trip from Ottawa. Not shown in the backstage photo is Dorothy Hamill. I don't think she ever appeared in one of these costumes which were used in the opening cast number and the linking vignettes. Choreo for at least the final group number was apparently done by Jeff Buttle, based on another Facebook photo posting.
    Can't skate but love to watch

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    Jeff Buttle was the choreographer for Stars on Ice this year, with help from Renee Roca.

    Would love to hear more about the show - I don't know anything except that Kurt and Dorothy did a duet! So Dorothy wasn't in the opening number?

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    I'd love to hear more detail, too. This was my first time missing the Lake Placid opener since the early 90's.

    Was it really not filmed for TV? The press release on SOI's website seems to say that it will only be filmed in Japan... with a somewhat different cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenes View Post
    Jeff Buttle was the choreographer for Stars on Ice this year, with help from Renee Roca.

    Would love to hear more about the show - I don't know anything except that Kurt and Dorothy did a duet! So Dorothy wasn't in the opening number?
    Thanks for the info. I'd love to hear more about the show as well.

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    Apparently, despite the fact that was only one (or maybe 2) cameras visible in the arena, there is a plan to have something syndicated again this year. As far as I recall, Dorothy didn't skate in the group opener as she had the first solo, immediately afterward.

    Here's what I wrote about our group of four's evening to share on another board -

    The show started a few minutes late as they were trying to get everyone in and seated. The first half was less than an hour long. There was a 20 minute intermission and the show was over at 9:30. The crowd was quite good, in terms of empty seats. There were no TV/video retakes, in fact there only seemed to be one or two video cameras in operation so there likely won't be any/much TV coverage

    We really enjoyed the show although there was one negative comment about the lighting in the first number - the skaters were too hard to see. The crowd was quite responsive throughout but there were only two full standing ovations - one after Kurt's 2nd number (Singing in the Rain); one at the end. There was good use of linking vignettes and the video screens were only used to show the skaters names or to provide some background with no advertisements. There were three numbers involving the full group - to open the show; to open and close the 2nd act. There was a special number to close the first act (see below).

    The cast & some comments:
    •Dorothy Hamill - still looks lovely; had a strange fall (while not really doing anything special) in her 2nd solo number; a wonderful duet with Kurt (to "Me and My Shadow") closed the first half and was full of humour
    •Kurt Browning - he's still "got it" and has, once again, done a great job in putting on a cohesive show that's reminiscent of SOI of years ago. We're hoping he's still going to skate in Canada although this is his last US tour.
    •Katia Gordeeva - two solo numbers plus a number with Ilia, Kimberly & Brent - it was a mixture of dance and pairs moves and was really mesmerizing; she had a fall in the first of her solos
    •Ilia Kulik - two solo numbers; still great jumps and fast footwork
    •Joannie Rochette - two very enjoyable solos - one or perhaps both were choreographed by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    •Ryan Bradley - two solos, one of them had him portraying Harry Potter
    •Sinead & John Kerr - two very enjoyable numbers, one of them to Scottish music and dressed in tartan - she in a dress; he in a kilt
    •Shawn Sawyer - two very enjoyable numbers, both of which I had recently seen on TV (one was Allegria)
    •Kimberly Navarro & Brent Bommentre - good additions to the show - definitely one number on their own plus the number with Katia & Ilia; can't remember if they had a second one.
    Can't skate but love to watch

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    Thanks for the report, victorskid, sounds like a good show. I really hope a video of Ryan Bradley's Harry Potter performance pops up on youtube soon.
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