By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
The eighth annual Chisholm Trail Expo Center Christmas program will be held this year at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 when the “Holiday Ice Spectacular” comes to Enid.
Steve Barnes, Chisholm Trail Expo Center general manager, said he had been looking for a show, rather than a headline performer.
“I got an email from them and thought, ‘This is just what I’ve been looking for,’” Barnes said.
The show is family-oriented and performed by national and international skating champions. “I’ve always wanted to do a production style show, and this is just what I was looking for,” Barnes said. “Whenever I mention something new, everyone is expecting a Christmas show, and they have been great to work with.”
The ice show features Michael Chack as principal male soloist. A native of New York, Chack began skating at age 5. When he was 11 years old, he moved away from home to train with Olympic coach Peter Burrows. He made his first trip to the U.S. Nationals at age 15, and by 1991, he was part of the National Team in the Senior Division, where he won fifth place at the U.S. National Championships. At the Skate America International Competition later that year, he landed his first triple axel in competition. He won the bronze medal in 1993.
As a professional, Chack has been lead principal performer for “Holiday Ice Spectacular,” “Broadway on Ice,” “Disney on Ice” and other professional programs. He is joining “Holiday Ice Spectacular” for his fourth year.
Erica Archambault is the principal female soloist for the program. Archambault began skating at age 4 on the lake behind her house in Gardner, Mass. She started her professional career at age 9. She was a Junior Ladies National Gold Medalist, and began competing in the Senior Ladies Division at age 14. She was selected as a member of Team USA and represented the United States at international competitions.
Stephanie Kuban and Jonathon Hunt constitute the principal adagio team in the show.
Kuban is a U.S. triple Gold Medalist and a member of the U.S. and international teams. She was born in Puerto Rico and began skating competitively at age 9. She moved from single skating to pair skating and was a member of the national team at the senior level for four years. She turned professional at age 21 and has performed all over the world in principal roles as a soloist and adagio skater with Royal Caribbean on the Freedom. She also has performed with “Broadway on Ice,” as well as other shows in the Rocky Mountain region.
Hunt is from Michigan. His career as a competitive skater covers two decades. He was a member of the U.S. and international team, won the Junior Bronze Medal, and was a U.S. National Medalist. He performed on three tours in Hong Kong and made numerous appearances in regional and Canadian productions. He also was a featured skater four seasons at Radio City Music Hall in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the world famous Rockettes.
Also in the performance are Joe Gnoffo, playing the principal elf “Henry,” and Casey Peterson as the principal Elf “Candy.”
Gnoffo is an actor and musician. He has appeared in numerous stage productions around the country, playing the role of Krogstad and Dr. Rank in an adaptation of Ibsen’s “A Dolls House.” He has also been seen in movies for more than a decade with credits in “Mirror, Mirror,” “The Minis,” “Beach Bar,” and “The Benchwarmers.” He also has television acting to his credit.
Greg Bonin will perform a specialty character and comedy in the program. He has skated with Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, and John Curry in “Festival on Ice.”
The skaters will be joined by a group of ensemble and specialty skaters.
“I’ve been surprised by the positive responses to an ice show,” Barnes said.
Tickets are on sale for $50, $40 or $30 at the coliseum. A $50 ticket purchases a chair at a table in front, or the entire table may be purchased. Barnes said there will be hors d’oeurves and wine available with commemorative wine glasses.
“This will be an entertaining show for the whole family,” he said.