The Inside Edge: Creepy fun at 'Halloween on Ice'Weir's Dracula 'bites' Kerrigan; Babilonia's coloring book hits shelves
Ghouls on ice
Nancy Kerrigan's Halloween on Ice opened Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Place in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The show runs through Oct. 30 -- oddly enough, there is no show on Halloween itself -- and stars Kerrigan, Johnny Weir, Alissa Czisny, Kurt Browning, Nicole Bobek, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, and Shawn Sawyer.
Navarro, who recently started taking classes toward earning a master of liberal arts at Stanford, says she is enjoying taking part in the show.
"Brent and I are mummies, skating to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off,' which is exciting for me because I love that song," she said. "In the group numbers, I'm also a witch; there are four witches that try to teach Nancy about love."
Navarro also plays a pumpkin and a zombie.
"I'm in the zombie pit crew. There's fire involved and stuff...it freaks me out," she said, laughing.
Navarro says the show starts with a party scene, and then Kerrigan's character falls asleep and has a nightmare with lots of creepy characters, including Weir's vampire.
"Johnny is Dracula, and he brings Nancy to the dark side," Navarro said. "He bites her. The group number is to 'I Put a Spell on You,' and it's fun to skate around pretending to be put under Johnny's spell. He's kind of making our choreography happen. Brent lifts him; they do a pretty lift. I've been replaced!"
Navarro mentioned that Kerrigan's son, Matthew Solomon, designed the witch costumes. He has also been backstage helping out during the show.
"He just started college, studying theater," Navarro said. "He designed another girl's costume in the show, too. He's a good point of reference because he's seen a lot of versions of this show and his feedback is really great. He's such a great kid; he's always making sure we're OK, that we've eaten."
With just a few shows in the books, Navarro says that the whole cast is really enjoying being around one another.
"This is a really fun show and cast," she said. "Most of us didn't know what to expect -- it's dark, but it's more funny. There were a lot of smiles and laughing in the audience. It's so entertaining to see such icons like Nancy, Kurt and Johnny dressed up in Halloween costumes and being silly."
Tai's coloring book
Tai Babilonia's latest project is, believe it or not, a coloring book, which she self-published with artist Jacqueline Myers-Cho. Capitalizing on the recent trend, Tai's Skating Coloring Book is aimed at children and adults alike. Babilonia wrote the forward and says she was 100 percent involved in the process of creating the book with Myers-Cho.
"Coloring is very therapeutic, and it's a fun and creative way to keep the nerves in check," Babilonia said. "It's also a great gift, not only for skaters but anyone who is a figure skating fan. ... There's nothing wrong with a little art therapy now and then!"
Aside from the coloring book, Babilonia says she will be coaching at the upcoming Dorothy Hamill Figure Skating Fantasy Camp, Oct. 18-23 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Next March, Babilonia and her pairs partner, Randy Gardner, will sail on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas and give skating lessons to passengers.
The busy Babilonia is also co-hosting a talk show, Ken Boxer Live, on the nonprofit community TV channel TVSB in Santa Barbara, California.
"[The] most important news is that on Nov. 4, 2015, I will celebrate seven years of sobriety," Babilonia wrote in an email.
Philip Dulebohn, the 2003 U.S. pairs champion with Tiffany Scott, is engaged to attorney Stacey Lynn Schwaber. The two met in June 2013 at a casting call for The Bachelor in Baltimore, Maryland. Dulebohn says he asked Schwaber to accept a final rose on Sept. 7, and she loved it.
Dulebohn is a licensed realtor and also coaches in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Congratulations are also in order for world champion Robin Szolkowy. According to his Facebook page, Szolkowy and wife Romy celebrated the birth of a baby boy, Henry, in September.