P.C. figure skaters head to Oz
April 30, 2014
The Figure Skating Club of Park City will perform an end-of-season show at the Park City Ice Arena on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3.
The show, titled "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book and the famous movie that followed.
But don’t be fooled when contemporary songs take the place of the traditional movie songs.
"The Lion skates to Sara Bareilles’s ‘Brave’ and [a figure skating club from Salt Lake City] skates to ‘Timber,’" figure skating director Erika Roberts said. "My favorite song is when Nikko the flying monkey skates to ‘Brass Monkey’ by the Beastie Boys. We don’t have munchkins, they’re skating as Minions from Despicable Me and skating to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell.
"It’s our own modern take on it. All the music is non-traditional and not from the movie. There’s some fun, upbeat, modern music."
Certain aspects of the show will be familiar to spectators, however.
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"They’re actually painting a yellow brick road in the ice," Roberts said. "They’re shaving off a layer before the show, painting it, and then icing over it."
There’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy in the show, she added.
"It’s entertainment for the whole family," she said. "The music is fun and there’s going to be some fantastic skating."
Though the members of the club are excited for when they can actually take the ice for the show, Roberts noted that the whole process has been enjoyable for the kids.
"The kids started rehearsing just before spring break," she said. "This week, they are on the ice every day practicing their numbers and running through the show. They’re very excited. The spring show is sort of the event of the year for the kids. They love competitions, but there’s something to be said for performing under the lights. It’s a good bonding experience for the members of the club."
And the quality of the show will be excellent, Roberts believes, noting a couple of people who made the whole process run smoothly.
"Our show director is one of our coaches at the rink," she said. "She’s done a phenomenal job her name is Kinsley Johnson. This show will be awesome because of her. Karen Alvarez, too the two of them have made the whole thing possible."
Though Roberts acknowledged that the weather is supposed to be excellent this weekend, she’s still hoping to fill the stands at the Ice Arena for the two shows.
Friday’s show will start at 7 p.m. Saturday’s matinee begins at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Children age 5 and under get in for free.
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