BOUNTIFUL – From bunny hops to triple jumps, the South Davis Recreation Center will be home to this year’s “A Musical Review on Ice,” taking place this Friday and Saturday.
The show, which will feature skaters from the Utah Figure Skating Club, is a chance for skaters of all levels to showcase the skills they’ve learned over the course of several months and leave audiences with songs that will be familiar to many.
“It’s just a fun event for everyone,” said show director and learn to skate director at the South Davis Recreation Center Tiffany Kennard. “We’ll have about 50 skaters from our learn to skate program and a few others from the higher levels showcase their skills and just have a good time.”
A few notables Kennard mentioned were Kristina Struthwolf and Eric Newbold.
Struthwolf is one of the international skaters that will take part in the show, and has been both a regional and sectional champion.
Newbold is a senior men’s skater that will get the opportunity to showcase his skills at the event, Kennard said.
The show will also feature Olympic bronze medalist Jozef Sabovcik. Sabovcik has been skating professionally for 30 years and is a six time national champion of the former Czechoslovakia.
Figure skaters involved in the show will be skating to familiar songs from musicals, Kennard said. Some of those musical numbers come from movies such as “Grease,” “Annie” and “The Sound of Music”, while others will be from Broadway shows such as “Cats,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Wicked.”
Other numbers include titles that were both movies and Broadway shows such as “Footloose” and “Fame.”
“This is kind of our year-end celebration, so this will be fun for every one of our skaters,” Kennard said. “We hope people will sing along while watching all of our skaters perform.”
While the entertainment will be fun for the fans and skaters, preparation has been a long process.
Some have been preparing since as early as January, while skaters from the learn to skate program have been hard at work for the past month.
The show will run for approximately 90 minutes.
“They’ve been going at it pretty hard,” Kennard said. “But it allows our skaters to showcase all the skills they’ve learned up to this point.”
The biggest difference for the skaters is the diminished pressure of competitive skating. Unlike the Copper Cup, which is judged, the ice show is purely for fun and entertainment.
“No judges, no pressure,” Kennard said. “They’re just going out there and having fun.”
A Musical Review on Ice will start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Children under three are free.
The South Davis Recreation Center is located at 550 North 200 West in Bountiful.