For those who like ice shows, this year's edition of Ice Capades has it all -- lavish spectacle, fabulous costumes, acrobatic clowns, a juggling act, a Star Wars robot, the flashing disco scene, and a Snow Queen who won an Olympic gold medal as Dorothy Hamill.
For those who do not like ice shows, it is, well, a long ice show. Last night, if applause is any barometer, it was the iceshow addicts who filled the seats at Capital Centre to clap, whistle, ooh and aah, and laugh at the current "Star-Struck" production of Ice Capades.
Okay, it is not an art form. But it is popular entertainment with the charm of camp, an eye-filling extravaganza and flashy showmanship to showcase the exciting talent of some brilliant skaters.
And it is fun, particularly to share through the wide eyes of youngsters. Last night the kids' big moment was when they went to rink-side to shake hands with Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and other cartoon characters on skates. This is one show where you can bring your camera.
Hamill, still with a fresh-face charm of the Olympics champion of 1976, does a solo turn that captures the beauty and joy of a body in graceful motion. She also appears in two production numbers, including a Currier & Ives winter postcard scene. There is also some spectacular skating from Terry Kubicka. U.S. champion with the show-stopping back flip, and Melissa Militano and Johnny Johns, U.S. pair champions.
But for all the skating stars Ice Capades still is a glittery spectacle for the eyes. This year's show is crisply paced with short numbers with no long and interminable glides across the ice.
Ice Capades will be here through Feb. 18 with three shows on Saturdays and two on Sundays.