Skaters depict Little Mermaid story on ice
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This spring, the Breckenridge Figure Skating Club is taking a new approach to its show. In the past, all shows have revolved around a theme, such as Breckenridge’s history or the 1970s, but this time, skaters bring to life the story of the Little Mermaid, culled from both the movie and the Broadway production.
“Doing a story or play on ice is something new and different for our skating club show,” said coach Heather Robinson. “All the kids and parents were excitedly involved with the costumes and props for the show. Each outfit is as colorful and bright as the characters they portray. It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing everyone’s efforts and energy come together on Saturday night.”
Coaches chose “The Story of the Little Mermaid” for a couple reasons. For one, it ushers in the freshness of spring, and for another, it’s a story that all the skaters – young kids, teens and adults – could relate to, and work as a team to produce.
The production was quite an endeavor, with well over 20 scenes, almost 20 characters and a score of props. In fact, this is one of the first shows that contains a prop in every program, from boats and treasure chests to shipwrecks and a king’s throne. Creating the props took a host of people; many of the parents eagerly helped, since volunteering is important to the growth of the skating club. More adults signed up to perform in the show as well.
“So many of the skaters were enjoying the team effort that was being put in to make the production come together,” said coach Bonnie Kirchoff. “They have made a magic come out on the ice.”
Using music from both the movie and the Broadway show of “The Little Mermaid” captures the enchantment of a love story between two “people” from different worlds.
“To watch this ice show will make anyone feel like a kid at heart, leaving you with a smile,” Kirchoff said. “It’s great for a date or a family night out.”
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