Thursday night's Ice Capades had something for everybody, including a real wedding on the ice during intermission.
For the kids, there were Barbie and the Mario Brothers (These were two of the weaker numbers, but the kids loved them). For the adults: lots of shapely bodies and elegant choreography.Evan and Cindy Grimsdale were so enchanted with life on the ice that they rolled out a red carpet, found a Utah judge and had their marriage performed on the rink, faithfully attended by Barbie and the Mario Brothers.
The 50th anniversary show offered its reliably excellent fare: a few slapstick numbers and recognizable cartoon characters for small children; several riveting pas de deux and solos by the shows stars for skating aficionados; a breathtaking aerial show in neon and several lavish numbers built around the show's theme of "Return to Romance."
Natalie and Wayne Seybold - the brother-and-sister Olympic skaters from Indiana - were the stars of the show. Add charisma and fresh, gamin looks to their Olympic prowess and the resulting appeal is irresistible.
Steve Wheeler's illusion show and a hilarious number with performing poodles were two highlights that set this year's show apart from others. The illusion show was the equivalent of a magic show on ice, with Wheeler and his dancers disappearing before the audiences watchful gaze, only to reappear inexplicably.
Thursday night's turnout was disappointing. After a strong crowd on Wednesday, less than 1,000 showed up for Thursday's show. Other holiday demands and the lure of a discount family night on Monday may have been the reason.
The Deseret News tested Thursday's show on four children, ranging from three to nine. Even the three-year-old was wide-eyed throughout the nearly 2 1/2-hour production.
Other stars kept attention alive during the lengthy show: Simone Grigorescu - three-time world professional figure-skating gold medalist - and the irrepressible Brad Doud added to a team of talented talented stars. As always, the Ice Capades provide an evening youngsters will remember.