JAMESTOWN - A family-friendly event featuring skating, gymnastics and live musical performances is on its way to Jamestown.
The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is set to host the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular show on Saturday at 7 p.m. The show will be recorded and aired nationally on NBC.
The event will feature four-time World Figure Skating champion Kurt Browning, Olympic gymnast champion Nastia Liukin and the star of Disney's "Let It Shine," Coco Jones.
The cast is also scheduled to include: Elvis Stojko, two-time Olympic medalist, three-time World champion and seven-time Canadian champion; Joannie Rochette, Olympic medalist and World medalist; Johnathan Horton, Olympic medalist, World medalist and U.S. champion; Lucas Grabeel, star of Disney's "High School Musical"; Candice Glover, 2013 "American Idol" winner; and others.
Set to host the event are several other big names, such as: Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skating champion; Michael Weiss, three-time U.S. figure skating champion; and Olympic gymnastics champions Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.
According to Browning, he was recently added to the cast of the show, and he didn't find out until a few days ago, so he's been scrambling to find a routine that hasn't been seen on the networks. But, he's glad he was added because he's really excited about meeting the gymnasts.
"I think gymnastics is on every kids list of things to do because it looks so cool," Browning said. "To see it on television is one thing, but to see it in person is so amazing."
As to why area residents should be excited, the combination of gymnastics and skating is a must-see, he said.
"It's a neat blend of two sports," Browning said. "With gymnastics and figure skating, we both turn in the air, and us skaters try our best to be straight up and down, except for Ryan Bradley, whose always upside down, while gymnasts do the opposite of trying to do sideways flips. It's the best of both flying worlds - one on the ice and one off. There's even a live musical element, so it's kind of one-stop shopping."
In addition to being entertaining, all three aspects of the show inspire the children who attend to become interested in healthy activities, Browning said.
The show will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 1-3 p.m. Following the initial telecast, the show will be rebroadcast on AXS TV. Also, the show will be posted in its entirety on www.IceNetwork.com for viewing for six months following the NBC telecast.
Tickets, which start at $55, are available at the arena box office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, online at www.jamestownarena.com, or by phone at 484-2624.
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