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Top Talent Shines in Military Time

March 24, 2011 by  
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Years ago I attended many theater productions in Chicago when my cousin was making his way up the chain of theatrical roles that would eventual lead him to leads at top venues like the Goodman Theater. He would eventually be known for his great character roles especially that of Scrooge, which he played for many years. It was great fun watching the eclectic group of theater goers who faithfully showed up for each performance. The audience itself was a special community of theater-lovers who supported the art with passion.

I had that same feeling when I witnessed the enthusiastic skating fans who lined up last Saturday for “Military Time” Figure Skating Show at the West Meadows Ice Arena. It was not your average suburban crowd as a lot of European fashions and languages dominated. One thing they all had in common was their love of skating.

Regardless of your ethnicity, for fans of figure skating, Military Time was a special treat that should not go unnoticed by suburban fans. First, for those who love romantic skating dances, there was Aidas Reklys and Nicolette House, the ice-dancing couple who produced the show and played the romantic lead in the performance. Although Reklys-House are still young, they are old pros on the international skating scene and their routines were polished and evocative. The Military Time theme was reminiscent of the old movies from Hollywood’s golden era that tugged at the heart strings showing a young couple separated by war.

Presented by IceTalent Inc. (, “Military Time” was the second show produced by Reklys-House in the Northwest suburbs and like their first show, “After Dark,” that debuted last year, it enlisted crowd-pleaser “Jumpin Joe” Jozef Sabovcik. Veteran of many ice shows, Sabovcik is an acrobatic figure skater who gets “big air” with his jumps and draws some of the biggest applause at every venue he performs.

Pairs skater Rodney Brubaker and his new partner Mary Beth Marley performed beautifully. Brubaker, who hails from Algonquin, won two U. S. Championships with a former partner and has teamed up with Mary Beth Marley from Naperville as he begins another trek toward to the pinnacle of skating pairs. Several fans waited after the show with cameras in hand to have pictures taken with this pair.

One of the really wonderful things about the IceTalent presentations is the intimacy of the shows and the ability to rub shoulders with the stars afterward.

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