NEWS & REVIEWS
Don't take our word for it... Here is what the critics (and audience members) are saying!
The Biloxi Gulf Coast Review"
by Sarah Dickey
The Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi is hosting a musical and enjoyable production of Santa & Friends on Ice. People of all ages enjoy watching world class vocalists, figure skaters, and actors
present a beautiful and fun Christmas production. Indoor “snow” will fall during the production making guests feel as if they are in a life-size snow globe.
There are also multiple surprise holiday visitors and fun audience interactions. Santa & Friends on Ice will amaze guests from 3 years old to 103! This musical skating production is a must-see while in Biloxi for the holidays!
We Need A Little Christmas - Mobile Bay
by Lauren Largue
True, it feels more like Easter than Christmas around the Gulf Coast right about now (unless you typically celebrate Yuletide in New Zealand). But good news for those who appreciate a little frost with their festivities! You, too, can experience the seasonal joys of a winter wonderland just down the highway at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.
Enter the lobby to find towering Nutcracker sculptures and oodles of flocked towering Christmas trees, decked in fluffy white feathers and sparkling glass ornaments. The festive décor welcomes visitors for the newest Beau live show, “Santa & Friends On Ice,” which runs through Dec. 27. The spirited performance features (who else?) the big guy in red (Scott Rousseau) and his pals, who happen to be world-class figure skaters in glitzy costumes doing flips, spins and lifts that one typically finds on TV each January, once every four years. In addition, Santa’s elves, brothers Charlie and Junior (Adam Brown and Greg Bonin), add comedic relief, alongside vocalist Mrs. Claus (Galen Crawley).
Skating acts include a whimsical mini performance of The Nutcracker, in which Clara and her prince wow the audience with their jaw-dropping toe loops (or was that an axel?) and elegant lifts. In “Jingle Bell Rock” principal soloist and associate choreographer Michael Chack gets the audience in the spirit and clapping along with his impressive, lively number chock-full of tricks. The Adagio Team’s playful performance of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and the exquisite female solo of “The Christmas Song” are equally impressive.
And, the kiddos will particularly enjoy the finale in which a few lucky little audience members get to join the cast on the ice, riding in one of four glistening red sleighs pushed around the ice by figure skaters decked out as reindeer. And this is all just the tip of the North Pole iceberg! With a mix of classic and modern holiday music, “Santa & Friends On Ice” is sure to be a hit with the entire family.
New Orleans Times
by Lawrence Specker
Biloxi isn't the North Pole, but the drive is definitely shorter, just an hour or so on the interstate from Mobile or New Orleans. And the Beau Rivage isn't Santa's workshop, but "Santa & Friends on Ice" is a lot easier to sneak into. You don't have to sneak at all, actually. The casino's holiday production presents eight shows a week through Dec. 27, with additional matinees on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
In the interest of checking out the family-friendly nature of the program, I brought along the household: My children, the 9-yearold boy and his more difficult-to-impress 15-year-old sister;
my wife, the (ahem) 29-year-old dance snob; and 46-year old me.
The show, it's a bit of a buffet. There's an elf-sized elf, Charlie, with a dopey Will Ferrell-in-"Elf"-sized brother, Junior.
There's the standard-issue Santa and Mrs. Santa in red, but there's also a bunch of Santas in blue. Musical selections include
rock, rap, boogie-woogie and country. There's a big detour into "The Nutcracker." There's an interesting setup with a pool of
genuine ice out front and synthetic ice on the main stage, with skaters transitioning via ramps or steps.