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Members of the James River Figure Skating Club rehearse a routine for the upcoming Ice Show in the John L. Wilson Arena.
“Magnificent Musicals: A Tribute to Broadway,” the theme of the 41st annual Ice Show, will have skaters of all levels from ages three to 18 performing to show tunes.
The Ice Show is the culmination of the training and competition season for James River Figure Skating Club, said Mark Vasarhelyi, director and choreographer. The skaters cut loose without the pressure of competition with the help of the volunteers who create costumes and props, he said.
“This is one of the more entertaining programs and it’s kind of our ‘end of the season finale,’” Vasarhelyi said. “This lets the kids have fun and show off without the stress of having to compete and being judged.”
The Broadway theme is wonderful, said Tammy Mullowney, figure skating and competition coordinator, who also wrote the narration for the show. The songs are recognizable and fun, from “The Lion King” to “Les Misérables” and everything in between, she said.
The youngest beginning skaters will perform in costume to “Send In The Clowns” from the musical “A Little Night Music.” The next level skaters will perform to “Put On A Happy Face” from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”
“Everyone loves the littlest ones,” Mullowney said.
The show is a sort of bittersweet farewell to three senior skaters, Emma Bennett, Hannah Jorgenson and Kaitlin Mullowney, who will be leaving the club, she said. Each girl will have a solo skate in addition to a trio-skate together to the song “One,” from “Chorus Line,” she said. The girls will also skate with the boy hockey players to the song “Masquerade” from “Phantom of the Opera.”
“It’s been two years since we had a senior and this year we have three of them,” Mullowney said.
There is a lot to celebrate this year, she said. Skaters placed in all 139 registered events at six major competitions this season to include 70 first-place performances, she said.
“I feel like it was an exceptional year,” Mullowney said. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had a season like that before to have someone medal in every category entered.”
IF YOU GO
► What: 41st Annual Ice Show of the James River Figure Skating Club ► When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday ► Admission: $10 adults, $8 students; advance tickets $2 off ► Contact: Tammy Mullowney, 252-8471, jamesriverfsc.org.