March 6, 2003 – In a first for the Virgin Islands, a figure skating ice show is coming to St. Thomas on March 21-23 at the Mark C. Marin Center at Antilles School.
"It's history making for the Virgin Islands," promoter Angel Ventura said.
The two-hour "Paradise on Ice" revue is produced by Rosslyn Ice Shows of Royal Palm Beach, Florida.
Ventura, who operates Quality Family Entertainment, said the list of skaters who will perform includes 2002 Olympic bronze medallist, 2001 U.S. national champion and current U.S. silver medallist Tim Goebel. (For more background on this 22-year-old skating sensation, visit the official Timothy Goebel Web site.)
Ventura also listed U.S. skaters Christopher Hendricks and Cindy Davis and Russian skater Nadia Kova-Sharp as featured performers in the show.
Additional skaters, he said, will include Michelle Mare Franchville, Beth Brooker Blankenship, Brandy-Lyn Seabol, Jessica Lillian Ferguson, Julie Christine Vosters, Kelly Pauline Laughlin, Laurie Welch-Heath, Rene Besana Casaysay and Robb Ness. And the revue also includes championship juggler on ice Tommy Curtain, he said..
Ventura said he first though of bringing in snow for a skiing exhibition, but that proved too difficult. He surfed further on the Internet and discovered ice figure skating.
The major challenge comes in turning the Marin Center into an ice skating rink. Ventura said that a portable rink of 60 by 68 feet will be placed over the floor, and Bumble's Ice on St. Thomas will deliver 10,000 pounds of ice cubes — "without the holes."
The ice will be wet down and chilled, and in 30 to 36 hours, the floor will be fit for ice skating, Ventura said.
He suggested that people attending the shows wear sweaters because the Marin Center will be on the chilly side.
There will be shows at 8 p.m. on March 21, 4 and 8 p.m. on March 22, and 2 p.m. on March 23. Tickets are $10 for children and $20 for adults general admission, $30 for preferred seating, and $50 for front-row seats.
Ticket outlets are both Modern Music shops, Hemingway's Book Shop, all Sunrise Pharmacies, and V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo on St. Thomas; and St. John Drug Center and Marina Market on St. John.

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