The Grumpsicle is back

Annual dance production about attempt to spoil Christmas features about 100 parents, students

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2000

The Grumpsicle gambles at a Florida horse race, goes to outer space and the South Pacific before meeting Santa at the North Pole in "The Return of the Grumpsicle."

This is the 22nd time Juneau dance instructor Janice D. Holst has produced the holiday dance show, which highlights the talents of students in her tap, jazz, ballet, creative movement and hip hop dance classes. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the JuneauDouglas High School auditorium.

Every year the Grumpsicle character tries to spoil Christmas in some fashion, providing a story line embellished with dance performances by the Janice D. Holst Dancers. Holst wrote this year's show with dancers Steve Jones and Mike Higgs. She said about 100 parents and dance students will be involved.


Dancers, from left, Samantha Alex, Rachel Grawcock, Meghan Stangeland, Letha Philip and Joni Skrzynski work on the dance number "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."


"The show is just a potpourri of everybody doing everything," Holst said.

The show starts with the Grumpsicle relaxing in Florida and betting on race horses at the track, Holst said. The horse race is choreographed as a tap dance routine, and Holst said the show has an anti-gambling moral.

"Then he goes out into space, and who knows what kind of trouble he can get into out there? They have space cops that come and try to save the show," Holst said. "Then they splash down near Christmas Island in the tropics in the South Pacific. There's a witch doctor and the lion who sleeps at night and a bunch of unga bunga dancers that are pretty funny."

The Grumpsicle winds up in the North Pole where he meets up with Santa.

"There are some beautiful puppet dancers -- he tampers with their little computer toys," Holst said. "And little teeny tiny babies we'll have on stage if the Grumpsicle doesn't eat them first."

The show lasts about an hour and a half. Admission is $7, and tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

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