The Greatest Showman on Ice
By Brittany Willsie
Kurt Browning joined the Racquet Club of Victoria for their production of Kurt Browning: The Greatest Showman On Ice. The show was originally scheduled for March 14 and 15, but the performances were cancelled due to COVID-19. Around 110 family members and friends gathered to watch the dress rehearsal on March 13 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.
“The right thing to do is the right thing to do even though it’s the hard thing to do. So, we made the dress rehearsal into the show,” Browning said.
Deena Beacom, head coach at the Racquet Club of Victoria, arranged for Browing to skate in the show. She trained alongside him at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton during the 90s.
Beacom choreographed the routines as a tribute to some of Browning’s most iconic programs including Clown, Firebird Suite, Mr. Bo Jangles, Brickhouse, Casablanca, Bring Him Home, Tequila, Singin’ in the Rain and What a Wonderful World.
“The show was very special because she designed it around my whole skating career,” Browning said. “The kids were skating to pieces of music that I had skated to in the past and we did group numbers together.”
For Dena Miller, watching the programs was emotional as it reminded her of watching her brother compete and how she felt at the time.
“It was surreal to see my brother doing those programs that were from so many years ago and it was very nostalgic,” she said.
To add to the nostalgia, Browning wore his original costumes.
His niece, Jesslyn Miller works as a costume designer and helped him with quick changes between routines. She told The Mountaineer that at one point, Browning made a comment about his Casablanca costume, which he hadn’t worn in 20 years. “Well, I can’t really exhale, but it will work,” he said to her.
Browning said the fun part is interacting with the kids, making sure to acknowledge everyone and letting them know they’re all in the show together.
“When you begin everyone is a little nervous and a little jittery, but once you’ve performed together it’s kind of like a bond that you have and I love how performing together brings us all together like that,” he explained.
“We’re just crossing our fingers that we can all get back together again soon and make the show happen again.”