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96th Springfield College Gymnastics Show To Salute Heroes And Legends

October 18, 2005

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 18, 2005 -- In a salute to “The World of Heroes and Legends,” the 96th annual Springfield College Gymnastics Exhibition show will pay tribute to people and groups who have made major impacts on society on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Blake arena on the campus.

With choreography to dynamic music, striking lighting effects, and stylish costumes, the Springfield College’s men’s and women’s gymnastics teams will perform on the full range of gymnastic apparatus and in floor exercises. Highlight of the evening will be tableaux, the event’s traditional finale of living statues by gymnasts in silver body paint.

Last year, the Springfield College Men’s Gymnastics Team placed third in the USA Gymnastics National Collegiate Championships, and nine members of the women’s team qualified to compete in the women’s national collegiate championships. The college’s four All America gymnasts performing in the show will be Donny Eckhart on parallel bars, Aric Hines on pommel horse and parallel bars, Matt Davis on pommel horse, and Andrew Malaby on rings.

This year’s show will open with “Harry Potter’s Mysterious Adventure,” with gymnasts depicting a forest odyssey involving a big black spider, unicorns in a forest, woodland nymphs and a “Chamber of Secrets.” “Star Wars Episode VII” will feature a face-off on gymnastic apparatus by gymnasts portraying Alliance and Empire characters. In “So You Want to Be a Super Hero?,” gymnasts portraying Superman, The Incredibles, Spider Man, Cat Woman and other characters will perform a range of stunts on apparatus. “Evil Knievel’s Daring Feats” will be a daredevil display on the mini trampoline.

In “A Salute to Bob Hope,” gymnasts will portray, in dance and balancing, episodes from the legendary entertainer’s USO tours in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. For “Peter Pan’s Adventures in Gymnastics Land,” children from Tim Daggett’s Gold Medal Gymnastics and all American Gymnastic Academy will join collegiate gymnasts in rescuing Peter Pan from Captain Hook. Rounding out the evening will be performances in hip hop and salsa dancing, among other numbers. Members of the SC Dancers also will perform

Tickets will be on sale at the door one hour before performances at $4 for children under age 12, $6 for seniors over age 65, and $8 for adults. Discounts for groups of 12 or more are available by calling 748-5568.

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