Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever on-ice production, “Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience,” is more than just an ice show. Exploring the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s history, the unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating with acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Running from July 5th through 8th at the Royal Farms Arena, the performance brings together gymnasts and skaters that perform acrobatics on both the ice and the air. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Crystal skater, and Baltimore-native, Scott Smith regarding his upcoming performance in the show.
“Audiences are going to see a lot of skating and acrobatics put together into one performance,” Smith explained. “The lighting is impressive and the music is absolutely fantastic. Everyone will enjoy this show.”
“In a way, I have been preparing and working for this role forever.” Smith started skating when he was seven-years old with the Baltimore Figure Skating Club. “I skated at the Northwest Ice Skating Rink for some time, and then did some skating at the Mount Pleasant Ice Skating Rink. I began commuting to University of Delaware in sixth grade, and moved away from home in high school to train in Delaware.” Eventually, Smith moved on to continue his training in Boston, and then competed in Salt Lake City, Utah. He competed “all over the place” until he was about 28. “I then switched to show skating, and began skating in cruise ships for about seven years.”
Smith joined the production in early November, after the role had already been created. “I did a crash course in choreography, but from my years of skating lessons, I was able to master both the technique and the choreography for the show.”
This is Smith’s first show with Cirque du Soleil. “My main role in the performance is a ‘business man’ and there are four of us in total. We have microphones attached to our skates. In one particular number, at the end we do a tap dance with the microphone on our skates. It sounds really cool!”
He is very excited to return to Baltimore for this upcoming performance. “I haven’t been to Baltimore in a really long time. I’m very excited to catch up with some friends and teachers from my childhood, as well as find the house that I grew up while I’m here.”
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.