Ice show celebrates ‘The Great Outdoors’

The theme of the 40th annual Ice Show this weekend at Wilson Arena is "The Great Outdoors," all performed by 42 members of the James River Figure Skating Club.

Mark Vasarhelyi, director and choreographer of the James River Figure Skating Club, conducts a rehearsal of “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from the 1964 movie “Mary Poppins,” for the 40th annual Ice Show March 17-19 at Wilson Arena

The theme of the 40th annual Ice Show this weekend at Wilson Arena is “The Great Outdoors,” all performed by 42 members of the James River Figure Skating Club.

Elizabeth Sherfy, producer of the show, said skaters ages 4 to 17 will perform more than 20 solo and group routines to popular songs that have something to do with the outdoors.

“The selections are through the decades and not just one genre of music, and there is something for everybody,” Sherfy said. “The costumes are matched to the songs and the theme.”

This is the final event for the long competition skating season that started in September, she said. The advanced skaters bring a lot of talent to the show, along with younger children who will have a chance to perform what they have learned, she said.

Group performances include “The Ants Go Marching,” “Tip Toe Through the Tulips,” “Going On A Bear Hunt,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “Just Keep Swimming,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “Feed the Birds,” “I Ran,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “This Land Is Your Land,” “Sky Full of Stars” and “Born to Run.”


Solo performances include Emma Bennett to “Fly Me to the Moon,” Brooke Graalum to “Fly Like an Eagle,” Hannah Jorgenson to “Climb Every Mountain,” Madison Letherman to “Back in the Saddle Again,” Kaitlin Mullowney to “Hazy Shade of Winter,” Karla Sherfy to “Brand New Key,” Annika Tweten to “Dock of the Bay” and Gabrielle Tweten to “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”

The hockey skate, which includes figure skaters and hockey players who took skating lessons with the club, will perform “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

“The hockey number includes six pairs of skaters and is always fun to watch,” she said. “It seems to be a crowd favorite.”

The finale skate is to “Sky Full of Stars.” Sherfy said the performance has an interesting light show in a dark setting.

“There are some very talented skaters and the girls and the boys will make it fun to see the Ice Show,” she said.

Parents of the skaters make the costumes and sets, and the skaters themselves take a big role in the choreography of their performances, she said.

This year’s ice show is a celebration of the club’s 40-year history, Sherfy said. Mark Vasarhelyi, a former professional skater who is a director and choreographer for the Figure Skating Club, has been with the club for half of that history, she said.

There are four shows at the Wilson Center in Jamestown: 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Tickets are: students, $6 advance and $8 at the door, and adults, $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Gifts From the Heart and Neighborhood Grocery.


For more information, visit www.jamesriverfsc .org or call 252-8471 for tickets or lessons. |

(701) 952-8455


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