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2002 Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes Debuts in the Emmy Award Winning Production, Beginning Its 19th Annual U.S. Touring Season January 5, 2005

Source: PR Newswire
Date: October 29, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Smucker's Stars on Ice, America's most theatrical figure skating tour and Emmy Award winning production, once again accelerates its artistry when it begins its 19th consecutive U.S. touring season January 5 through April 9, 2005.

Smucker's Stars on Ice will be co-headlined by a cast that incorporates seven Olympic gold medalists including reigning 2002 Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes (who makes her much anticipated debut with the production) and returning cast members: 2002 Olympic Champions Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze, and Alexei Yagudin, along with World Champion Todd Eldredge, World Bronze medalists Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman, and eight-time British National Champion Steven Cousins. Two-time Olympic Champion Ekaterina Gordeeva and World Champion Yuka Sato will also be alternating as touring cast members in select markets. Additionally, Special Guest stars will appear in each market throughout the tour.

Breaking new ground with its theme of Time during its 2004 U.S. touring season, critics and audiences from coast to coast heralded the production as one of the most exhilarating Stars on Ice experiences ever. Distinguished dance critic Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times most aptly said "...the show soars to new heights," a true testament to the show's provocative creative team -- Director/Choreographer, Emmy Award winner and Olympic Champion Christopher Dean; Director/Costume Designer and two-time Emmy Award winner Jef Billings; and Olympic Champion and skating icon Scott Hamilton -- who co-founded Stars on Ice in 1986 and has since served as a Producer.

Hamilton, Dean and Billings promise a cavalcade of comedy and pathos, evolving from a new theme entitled Imagination. Set within an atmosphere of whimsy, fantasy, wonderment and mind-boggling magic, audiences can expect the unexpected, not to mention dazzling offerings on a menu of spectacular surprise.

For further tour information, including a complete list of tour cities and performance dates, and the opportunity to participate in an advance internet pre-sale of tour tickets now through November 5, 2004 only, please visit http://www.starsonice.com. The national on sale date for tickets on the internet and at venue box offices and/or ticket agencies in each tour city will begin November 8, 2004.

The all-new production will "preview" at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York, Saturday, November 27, 2004.

The J.M. Smucker Company continues to serve as title sponsor of Stars on Ice. "We are proud to be the title sponsor of the world's foremost skating tour, Smucker's Stars on Ice," said Smucker's President & Co-Chief Executive Officer Richard Smucker. "Building upon the excitement generated by last year's tour, this year's theme, 'Imagination' combines the creative genius of Scott Hamilton with performances by world-class figure skating talent and remarkable special effects to provide a truly memorable theatrical experience."

Not only does Smucker's and Smucker's Stars on Ice represent wholesome, family entertainment, but it acknowledges the literacy and education initiatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Now 144 years young, the organization has grown to serve over 4 million youth annually in 3400 Boys & Girls Clubs in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands plus domestic and international military bases. A portion of the proceeds from each tour ticket sold will be donated by Smucker's Stars on Ice to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Smucker's Stars on Ice is an IMG Production. Executive Producers are Robert D. Kain and Gary V. Swain. Byron Allen produces with Scott Hamilton.

SMUCKER'S STARS ON ICE -- 2004-05 TOUR

Saturday, 11/27Lake Placid, NYOlympic Center
Wednesday, 1/5Seattle, WAKeyArena at Seattle Center
Thursday, 1/6Spokane, WASpokane Arena
Saturday, 1/8Sacramento, CAARCO Arena
Sunday, 1/9San Jose, CAHP Pavilion at San Jose
Tuesday, 1/11Tucson, AZTucson Convention Center
Thursday, 1/13Phoenix, AZAmerica West Arena
Friday, 1/14San Diego, CASan Diego Sports Arena
Saturday, 1/15Anaheim, CAArrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Monday, 1/17Boise, IDBank of America Centre
Thursday, 1/20Denver, COPepsi Center
Saturday, 1/22Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Wednesday, 1/26Wichita, KSKansas Coliseum
Friday, 1/28St. Louis, MOSavvis Center
Saturday, 1/29Kansas City, MOKemper Arena
Sunday, 1/30St. Paul, MNXcel Energy Center
Tuesday, 2/1Sioux City, IATyson Events Center
Wednesday, 2/2Omaha, NEQwest Center Omaha
Friday, 2/4Cleveland, OHGund Arena
Saturday, 2/5Chicago, ILAllstate Arena
Tuesday, 2/8Moline, ILMARK of the Quad Cities
Wednesday, 2/9Madison, WIAlliant Energy Center
Friday, 2/11Milwaukee, WIBradley Center
Saturday, 2/12Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
Sunday, 2/13Columbus, OHValue City Arena
Friday, 2/18Fort Lauderdale, FLOffice Depot Center
Saturday, 2/19Orlando, FLTD Waterhouse Centre
Sunday, 2/20Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
Monday, 2/21Fort Myers, FLGermain Arena
Thursday, 2/24Trenton, NJSovereign Bank Arena
Friday, 2/25Philadelphia, PAWachovia Center
Saturday, 2/26Worcester, MAWorcester's Centrum Centre
Sunday, 2/27Hartford, CTHartford Civic Center
Wednesday, 3/2Providence, RIDunkin' Donuts Center
Friday, 3/4Long Island, NYNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Saturday, 3/5Boston, MAAgganis Arena at Boston University
Sunday, 3/6Bridgeport, CTArena at Harbor Yard
Tuesday, 3/8Reading, PASovereign Center
Wednesday, 3/9Amherst, MAMullins Center
Friday, 3/11Pittsburgh, PAMellon Arena
Saturday, 3/12Rochester, NYBlue Cross Arena
Sunday, 3/13Albany, NYPepsi Arena
Tuesday, 3/15Toledo, OHToledo Sports Arena
Wednesday, 3/16Cincinnati, OHU.S. Bank Arena
Friday, 3/18Dayton, OHNutter Center
Saturday, 3/19Detroit, MIPalace of Auburn Hills
Sunday, 3/20Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center
Tuesday, 3/22Rockford, ILRockford MetroCentre
Thursday, 3/24Little Rock, ARALLTEL Arena
Friday, 3/25Nashville, TNGaylord Entertainment Center
Saturday, 3/26Bossier City, LACenturyTel Center
Tuesday, 3/29Duluth, GAArena at Gwinnett Center
Thursday, 3/31Greenville, SCBI-LO Center
Friday, 4/1Raleigh, NCRBC Center
Saturday, 4/2Baltimore, MD1st Mariner Arena
Sunday, 4/3Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
Wednesday, 4/6Erie, PAErie Civic Center
Thursday, 4/7Wilkes-Barre, PAWachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
Friday, 4/8Hershey, PAGIANT Center
Saturday, 4/9Portland, MECumberland County Civic Center

For further information please contact: Michael Sterling or Kevin Maresca, both of Michael Sterling & Associates, +1-818-385-0007, for Smucker's Stars on Ice