Skaters to celebrate Hollywood at summer ice show

Group numbers to feature songs from hit musicals

July 18, 2004|By Artika Rangan | Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF

Area figure skaters will jump, twirl and glide across the ice to music from Annie, Grease and Chicago to celebrate the Chesapeake Figure Skating Club's third annual summer ice show, "Hooray for Hollywood."

The two-hour event will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ice World in Abingdon. Another performance will be held at 2 p.m. July 25.

"It's just such a fun show," said April Dickerson, the club member responsible for creating the program and stage props. "The best part is seeing the kids perform."

"Hooray for Hollywood" will consist of four acts. Children will skate in the first two acts to music from Annie and Grease. Adults will perform a skit from the musical Chicago in the third act.

In the final act, "Best of Hollywood," adults and children will skate to music from My Fair Lady, Moulin Rouge and Hook.

Dave Krotee, president of the Chesapeake Figure Skating Club, said the show is designed so skaters of all skill levels can participate.

"It's a way for everyone to be part of the show," he said. "And it's amazing to see how determined everyone is."

More than 70 skaters are involved in the program, and the majority of them are Chesapeake Figure Skating Club members.

As president of the club, Krotee is involved with various facets of the program, but leaves jumps to the more experienced skaters. "It hurts too much when you fall," he said, pointing to six stitches above his eyebrow.

Michelle Dumler, 21, of Parkville is one of the show's three choreographers. She created a performance featuring "We Go Together" from Grease.

"The hardest part is getting everyone to come to practice," she said, "but when the kids are here, it's so much fun." Her mother, Susan, choreographed a skit for "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago.

"It's amazing to see everyone work as a group," Susan Dumler said. "Skating is such an individual, personal sport. Very seldom do you have a team anything."

Dickerson and other club members agree.

Dickerson said it cost about $6,000 to produce the show. "We don't make money off the event," she said. "It's just something we do for our skaters. It's a chance for everyone to work together."

Past shows have focused on a Sept. 11 tribute and a Disney theme.

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