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    "Sharon Wissel, cast member in Nutcracker!

      Hello everyone!*** This is Sharon Wissel. I am one of the cast members of the Nutcracker on Ice starring Pasha Grishuk. I am up late transferring files for my graphic design job (yes, I have a job besides skating). ;-) Everyone else on the tour is sound asleep, and here I am working. :-) Never fear, I will still get plenty of rest before tomorrow's performance! :-)*** I just thought I would give you guys an update on the show from a cast member viewpoint. The entire cast first arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thanksgiving Day for rehearsals. I missed spending time with my family for the holiday, but was incredibly excited about the tour. Our rehearsals in Vegas ran from 11:30pm-7:30am. Yup! That's right! Overnight rehearsals! It was great fun though, kind of like overnight skating parties! Rehearsals were grueling, but the cast quickly became like family, and we kept each other in good spirits. We knew we had to put an excellent show together, and that required hard work.*** On November 28th, we caught a 6:00am flight to New Orleans, Louisiana and then traveled by bus to Biloxi, Mississippi. That evening, we were on the ice for rehearsal. The hotel here is absolutely beautiful! All of the skaters' hotel rooms overlook the Mississippi Sound which opens up into the Gulf of Mexico. It is wonderful waking up in the morning and seeing the ocean right outside your window! Also, the theater in which we are performing in is incredible! The theater is the former home of Cirque De Soleil's "Alegria". I wish I could describe it to you! The ice surface is small-- approximately 40 x 60 feet. The seating which holds 1,600 is in the form of an arc around the stage. The lighting effects for the show are magnificent! *** We opened for our first night of shows on December 1st. We have been skating to practically sold out shows every night! I am in 7 numbers which are: ice skating rink scene, ballroom scene, Rat King scene, principal in the Snowfairy scene, Arabian Dance solo (my favorite), Waltz of the Flowers, and Finale. The show is a lot of fun and goes by quickly since I have so many numbers to skate! I have several quick changes! This show is a lot of fun to be a part of!*** Also, Pasha is very nice! I knew her previously from when she trained for the Olympics at the rink that I coach at. However, from doing this show, I have really had a chance to get to know her, and she is a truly delightful person. Any publicity about her that is not positive is wrong because she is a complete sweetheart. :-) She has been very nice and supportive to all of the cast members! She is like a sister to all of us! *** I basically want to say that I am fully enjoying this opportunity! Being in this professional show has been everything I have dreamed of: *a lot* of hard work, working with a great choreographer, traveling, meeting new friends and fellow skaters, and performing in front of sold out crowds! *** With all of that said, I must go... time to sleep so that I can skate great tomorrow! :-) If you want to e-mail me, write to sharon@sharonwissel.com ! I'll do my best to write back to everyone! :-) ***


    Pasha:   My dear friends, first of all let me give my heartfelt congratulations to the one-year anniversary of the Pasha Grishuk Fan Club lead by Ruth Armstrong! Much happiness and much success to all of your members! I am happy to say that it's now the fifth day I am skating for the Audience and feel that I returned to my life once more. We have shows every day (except Thursday), on Saturday twice a day and we are training around 6-8 hours a day - and I am sooOOO happy, because this is the normal rhythm I am used to - and Im having the best time!!! I treasure every moment that I have right now, I know that time waits for no one... There is no better time than right now to be happy! I would like to thank everyone of you who gave me support and were with me during my difficult time. I skate with your warmness in my heart, repeating your words, poems and songs to me, I can truly say we are all dancing together, because you and I are one fate; one success, one dream and one life. Much love, your Pasha.

    Sharon: I am so glad you enjoyed the post! The performances are going very well, and I am sad that we only have one week left. I hope to do more shows with Pasha in the future! I am having a great time! :-) Thank you so much for the well wishes! It is really nice to hear warm greetings. :-) Best Wishes, Sharon

    Sharon : "Hello everyone! Greetings from the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi! I just wanted to give everyone another update from the tour... Tonight I am sad because tomorrow is our last day of shows. I have had an absolutely incredible time skating in this show... and I must admit, I am reluctant to go home... The show is really beautiful, and I do hope that it becomes available on video tape for all of you to see. I do not know at this time if that will pan out, but I know they are working on it. Also, I must say what a sweetheart Pasha is. She is a joy to work with and I have truly enjoyed being in the show with her. Her skating is delightful to watch, she has such grace and beauty. It is so nice to know that she is not just a beautiful skater and person on the outside, but a beautiful person on the inside as well. I hope to work with her much more in the future! I will have many fond memories of this show. Blessings to all, and thank you for all of your support and encouragement! Luv, Sharon :-)



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